Congressional candidate Jim Lawrence talks with NH1 News on June 8, 2016

Jun 9, 2016 12:52 AM

Congressional candidate Jim Lawrence tells NH1 News the '2nd time's going to be the charm'

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Jim Lawrence says “I have a good feeling about this one.”

The former state representative from Hudson was talking about his second bid for Congress.

Lawrence made his comments as spoke one-on-one with NH1 News, minutes after he filed his candidacy on Wednesday for the GOP nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.

“They say the third time’s the charm. This time the second time’s going to be the charm,” Lawrence added.

Lawrence came in third in the 2014 Republican primary, with just under 20% of the vote. Marilinda Garcia won the contest, with Gary Lambert coming in second. Both of those candidates had been in the race for many months before Lawrence jumped in.

Asked what’s different this second time around, Lawrence said “I got in a lot earlier this time. Last time, if you remember, I ran a 91 day blitz candidacy. I ended up getting approximately 20% of the vote. This time I’m going to build upon that success and move forward to victory in November.”

Lawrence’s main competition will be state representative and former House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan of Brookline. Casey Newell of Deerfield is also running.

Read: Flanagan touts government experience

Touting his credentials, Lawrence said “I’ve served three terms in the State House as a state rep, just like Jack Flanagan. I think what I bring to the table is that I’m also an Air Force veteran, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a small business owner, proud family man and parent. So I think I bring a lot more breadth and depth to this race than any other candidate in the state.”

Asked if he backs the man at the top of his party’s ticket, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Lawrence answered that “I support the Republican nominee for president over Hillary Clinton.”

And asked about Trump’s questioning of the impartiality of a federal judge overseeing the Trump University trial because of the Indiana born judge’s Mexican heritage, Lawrence said “as the first African American ever to run for Congress in the great state of New Hampshire, I can honestly tell you that I would never support statements that judge people solely based on their race or religion.”

But he went on to say that “only Mr. Trump knows what’s in his heart. And I can honestly tell you I’ve met the man. Many of my family members and friends have met him. Matter of fact my very own father has had the opportunity to meet him several times. And no one has ever brought an inkling of evidence to me that the man is a racist. So that’s what I have to go with.”

The winner of the GOP nomination will face off in November against two-term Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster.

Former state Rep. Jim Lawrence files his candidacy for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd CD on June 8, 2016

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