Apr 4, 2016 9:25 AM

Ashooh announces he's running for Congress

MANCHESTER - Republican businessman Rich Ashooh announced today he is running for Congress in the 1st Congressional District.

Ashooh, 51, was born in and raised in Manchester and worked as a senior executive with Sanders and then BAE Systems in Nashua. He is running on a platform promising to fight to balance the federal budget, improve national security, and "promote the reforms necessary to unburden job creators and unleash economic growth."

“My whole life, I’ve tried to do the things that would make my community and New Hampshire a better place," Ashooh said. "As a conservative who has worked in business, government, and national security, I’m ready to take our shared values of hard work and individual responsibility to Congress so together we can make America a better place.”

The 1st District is represented by U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, who is also a Manchester Republican and is seeking reelection. State Rep. Pam Tucker of Greenland is also seeking the Republican nomination. Democrats running against Guinta include former state Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of Rochester and businessman Shawn O'Connor of Bedford.

This will be Ashooh's second run for congress. He lost to Guinta in the GOP primary in 2010.

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