Republican state Sen. Andy Sanborn enters race for NH's 1st Congressional District
BEDFORD — A New Hampshire state senator says he's running for Congress.
Andy Sanborn, a Republican from Bedford, said Tuesday he's established himself as the "conservative conscience" of the senate, while always voting with his district, at times defying party leadership. He's running for the 1st Congressional District. The seat is currently occupied by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, who defeated Republican Rep. Frank Guinta in November.
"I’ve gained New Hampshire voters’ trust by listening to their real needs and working for them," Sanborn said in a press release. "You can be a proven conservative and win if you deliver results that put people before politics. That’s what I’ve done."
The 54-year-old Sanborn is a four-time state senator who is chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. He and his wife, Laurie Sanborn, a state representative, own a Concord restaurant and are involved in financial consulting and real estate development.
"I am running because our current Congress member looks at the people of New Hampshire as nothing more than an ATM machine for her liberal progressive agenda and she believes people are there to serve the government, not the other way around. I think the opposite. I will work every day to put more of your money back into your pocket and ensure government works for you, to solve your problems."
Eddie Edwards, a Republican and former chief of enforcement with the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, announced his candidacy for the seat in April.
A spokeswoman for Shea-Porter declined to comment.
Watch Sanborn's YouTube announcement "Call Me Andy" below: