Sep 19, 2015 1:49 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
MANCHESTER – Former congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter announced Saturday that she’ll run in 2016 for her old U.S. House seat.
The former congresswoman made the announcement as she spoke at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention at the Verizon Arena in Manchester, saying to the crowd that “I’m in, are you in.”
She was first elected to Congress in 2006, defeating GOP incumbent Jeb Bradley. But Shea-Porter was defeated for re-election in 2010 by former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta. Shea-Porter won a rematch in 2012, only to lose the seat again to Guinta in 2014.
Minutes after announcing at the convention, Shea-Porter put out a statement, saying “I’m running again because I have the experience, the competence, and the integrity to serve the rest of us and to fight against special interests. I never take money from corporate PACs and DC lobbyists, so, to quote Shirley Chisholm, I am ‘unbought and unbossed’—and, I might add, unbreakable!
"That’s why I have won most of my races in a district where Republicans have a registration advantage. Republicans, Independents, and Democrats deserve a member of Congress who provides honest service to the people of our state, and I look forward to doing that again," she added.
Earlier this summer Shea-Porter filed a statement of candidacy, but at the time said the would only run if there was a special election if Guinta had to step down due to his campaign finance controversy.
But Guinta remains in office, and has indicated he'll run for re-election.
Shea-Porter isn't the only Democrat running. Shawn O'Connor, a businessman who moved last year from New York City to Bedford, has already launched a campaign.
O'Connor also spoke at the convention. He described himself as "a pragmatic progressive."
The New Hampshire Republican State Committee quickly criticized Shea-Porter.
Former Congresswoman Shea-Porter lost last year and will lose again next year because she is dangerously out-of-touch and does not represent New Hampshire values," said chair Jennifer Horn.
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