Race For The 1st

The Exchange wants to help listeners get to know the candidates running in the crowded race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

"Race for the 1st" is a series of 20-minute interviews with the candidates, kicking off Monday, April 2 and running through the spring.

The interviews will take place live on Mondays at 9:40 a.m. They will be broadcast on air, as well as on Facebook Live.

New Hampshire's CD1 is one of the most closely watched swing districts in the country. Control of the seat has flipped back and forth between Republicans and Democrats fives times since 2007.  

The district covers a large chunk of the eastern part of the state, including greater Manchester, plus much of the Seacoast and Lakes Region.

Here is a rundown of scheduled candidate appearances on The Exchange:

April 2: Mindi Messmer (D)   |   April 9: Terence O’Rourke (D)

April 16: Deaglan McEachern (D)   |   April 23: Mark Hounsell (R)

April 30: Levi Sanders (D)   |   May 7: Maura Sullivan (D)

May 14: Lincoln Soldati (D)   |   May 21: Mark Mackenzie (D)

June 4: Chris Pappas (D)   |   June 18: Andy Sanborn (R)

June 25: Eddie Edwards (R)

Listeners are encouraged to be part of the conversation. Questions for the candidates can be emailed to exchange@nhpr.org. You can also call (800) 892-6477 to record a message with your question before the show, or to call in during the live broadcast.

The Exchange will explore in-depth the candidates and issues that impact voters this fall. 1st Congressional District Candidates Eddie Edwards (R) and Chris Pappas (D) will sit down with a live audience at NHPR's studios to talk with Laura Knoy and State of Democracy Reporter Lauren Chooljian on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 9 a.m. Register for this forum, and our forum with the candidates in the Congressional District 2 and the Gubernatorial races here. Find more information about these forums here. 

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The bitter rivalry between Republican congressional candidates Eddie Edwards and Andy Sanborn ended on Tuesday night when Sanborn called his loss before the final, official results were in.

He told a crowd of supporters in Bedford that with precinct numbers from the Seacoast and conservative strongholds near Manchester, he couldn’t see a path for closing the gap with Edwards.  

If optics is everything in political campaigns, it was fitting to see Eddie Edwards and Andy Sanborn at far ends of the debate stage.

With just a few days left of primary campaigning, supporters of Republican congressional candidate Eddie Edwards continue to target Andy Sanborn’s character.

Today, two state senators - Regina Birdsell of Hampstead and Sharon Carson of Londonderry - endorsed Edwards. They praised Edwards for his conservatism, and warned that Andy Sanborn's alleged behavior toward staffers would haunt him in a general election.

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New Hampshire voters got a chance last night to check out the Republican side of the 1st Congressional District race during the candidates' only televised debate. There were some surprising performances, a little fighting but mostly the five Republican candidates focused on the issues. NHPR's Lauren Chooljian is back with us this morning to breakdown last night's WMUR debate.  

(This transcript was lightly edited.)  

OK. so quickly remind us, who was on stage last night.

  A debate between two Republicans running in the state's 1st Congressional District ended before it began Thursday night in Concord.

It was supposed to feature state Sen. Andy Sanborn and Eddie Edwards. But Edwards bowed out a day earlier, after refusing to sign a pledge from the New Hampshire GOP that he’d support the party’s nominee.  

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange talks with Paul Cardinal, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Cardinal is a lifelong resident and businessman in New Hampshire, where he works with Connection, Inc. He is running his campaign with a focus on campaign finance reform, marijuana legalization, and restoring net neutrality.

Our Race for the First conversations focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

The fundraising narrative in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District has been consistent from the start of the race: There’s Democrat Maura Sullivan way out in the front of the pack, thanks largely to out-of-state donors and other powerful political allies, and then there’s everyone else.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange talks with Bruce Crochetiere, a Republican running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Crochetiere is the founder of a technology company, Focus Technology Solutions, and resident of Hampton Falls. 

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange talks with Eddie Edwards, a Republican running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Edwards is the former chief of police for South Hampton, and served as the Chief of New Hampshire State Division of Liquor Enforcement. He is a Navy veteran and graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

Our Race for the First conversations focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

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Congressional candidate Naomi Andrews says she shares the same values as Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter—her former boss—right down to supporting an effort to impeach President Trump.

Shea-Porter co-sponsored impeachment articles back in December. The Republican-dominated House quickly rejected the effort.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange talks with Naomi Andrews, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Andrews is the former chief of staff for Carol Shea-Porter, and also worked as campaign manager for Porter. Andrews is a graduate of Middlebury College, and has a law degree from the University of Richmond. 

Our Race for the First conversations focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

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Bedford State Senator and Republican congressional candidate Andy Sanborn said allegations about his conduct at the Statehouse are being blown out of proportion by local media — despite a recent finding from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office that he did use "inappropriate language" toward a legislative intern in 2013.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, Laura talks with Andy Sanborn, a Republican running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Sanborn is a state senator and current chairman of the Senate Ways and Means and Election Law & Internal Affairs committees. 

Our Race for the First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange talks with Maura Sullivan, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Sullivan is a Marine who was born in Illinois and moved to New Hampshire after serving as Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, among other postings, for the Obama administration. 

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, Laura talks with Chris Pappas, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Pappas is the owner of the Puritan Backroom Restaurant, a restaurant in Manchester, and is a member of the N.H. Executive Council. He was formerly a state representative, and Treasurer of Hillsborough County. 

Our Race for the First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

Can Democrats hold onto the New Hampshire congressional seat known as the "swingiest" district? Can a Republican claim it during a mid-term election year?

All eyes are trained on the 1st Congressional District as the candidates on both sides of the aisle jockey for position and any available media attention. To help identify those in this crowded field, NHPR continues its series, "Race for the 1st," with the candidates invited on The Exchange with Laura Knoy for a 20-minute segment.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Mark MacKenzie, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

MacKenzie lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he serves as a Representative, and he also served as a firefighter for the city for many years. He is a former President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. 

Lincoln Soldati for Congress Facebook Page

In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Lincoln Soldati, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Soldati served nine terms as Strafford County Attourney, and has worked as a trial lawyer, teacher, and public servant. As Strafford County Attourney, he created the Victim Assistance protocol. Soldati is a U.S. Army veteran, and served from 1969 to 1971. 

We take a break from our Race for the 1st series to look at the candidates for Congressional District 2. Annie Kuster (D), the incumbent, will be challenged by Steve Negron, a State Representative from Nashua, VA whistleblower and physician Dr. Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, and Captain Lynne Blankenbeker, who recently retired from a career as a military nurse and lives in Concord. Political reporter Paul Steinhauser joins us to discuss the race. 

Naomi Andrews

 

Retiring New Hampshire U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s chief of staff is throwing her hat in the ring for her boss’ congressional seat. Democrat Naomi Andrews joins eight Democrats and three Republicans in the September primary. 

 

Andrews, who is from Epping, said in a campaign video (scroll down to watch it) that her experience working for Shea Porter has taught her how to win in this tough swing district. 

 

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Another Republican is joining the crowded race for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District seat.

Hampton Falls businessman Bruce Crochetiere is selling himself to voters as a candidate who is “not even close” to being a politician.

“We don’t need to just promote another politician. We need a fresh voice from an outsider, a completely different kind of leadership,” Crochetiere says in a campaign video.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Levi Sanders, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Sara Plourde

After years of having to choose between the same two candidates, voters in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional district are now faced with a flood of candidates who want to fill retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's seat. 

As of April 23rd, there are eight Democrats and two Republicans in the race. And with the September primary months away, there's always time for more to join. 

In this Race for the 1st conversation, we check in on the race with NHPR's State of Democracy reporter, Lauren Chooljian, who has been following the candidates and attending forums. We'll talk about campaign spending and various candidate events around the state. 

Democrat Maura Sullivan continues to blitz past all other candidates running in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional district when it comes to fundraising — and, as was the case during her inaugural months in the race, most of her campaign money continues to come from outside New Hampshire.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, we talk with Deaglan McEachern, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

In this Race for the 1st conversation, we talk with Terence O'Rourke, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

O'Rourke is the City Attorney for Rochester and a military veteran who served as an officer in the Iraq War. O'Rourke also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Alabama, and in New Hampshire as assistant county attorney in Rockingham and Carroll counties. 

Our Race for the First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

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In this Race For The 1st conversation, we talk with Mindi Messmer, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

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Messmer, a first-term legislator from Rye, runs an environmental consulting firm.  As a legislator, she serves on the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee, and on the Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness and the Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigations. 

Our Race For The First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

The Exchange wants to help listeners get to know the candidates running in the crowded race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

"Race for the 1st" is a series of 20-minute interviews with the 11 declared candidates, kicking off Monday, April 2 and running through the spring. The interviews will take place live on Mondays at 9:40 a.m. They will be broadcast on air, as well as on Facebook Live.