State Congressional race looks competitive – Lowell Sun

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I get it. Summer’s on the way, and politics are the last thing on your mind. Some voters don’t like casting ballots in state primaries, but this may be the race to get you off the couch:

Pay attention to New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District race.

Democrat Annie Kuster has held the seat with distinction since 2012 and is retiring. District 2 covers the western and northern parts of New Hampshire. The district also represents the city of Nashua and the area, along with the state capitol of Concord.

Her exit sets the stage for a vigorous battle for Democrats and Republicans vying for the seat. New Hampshire’s primary is on Sept. 10.

Granite State voters know women can get the job done. The Live Free or Die state was the first in the nation to put female politicians in control of the governor’s office and the entire congressional delegation in November of 2012. Annie Kuster was part of that unique delegation in Washington.

Kuster has already hand-picked her successor in former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. She believes he can win and keep the district “blue.”

Kuster told WMUR-News9 in April that “Colin is the one that’s electable, and he’s going to lean in on reproductive rights in the full range. IVF is now in play. Abortion is in play. Birth control is in play.”

That’s interesting since Kuster has always empowered women to run for office.

Do political endorsements matter?

My late father John Stylianos, former managing editor of the Nashua Telegraph, would say, “No, not much.” He was the smartest newsman I’ve ever known, but I’m biased, so we’ll wait and see.

Meantime, making political headway for the 2nd Congressional District primary race is Democrat and Nashua native Maggie Tamposi Goodlander. She has a prominent family name and background. Her late grandfather was Sam Tamposi, the well-known real estate developer who helped spur economic growth across the state in the 1960s and 1970s. Her mother, Betty Tamposi, ran for the 2nd Congressional District seat as a Republican in 1988 but lost in the primary.

Goodlander, 37, is a former deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice under the Biden Administration. She is married to Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s national security advisor.

In her campaign video, Goodlander shared that she lost a baby last year nearly 20 weeks into her pregnancy. The difficult experience has only strengthened her fight for reproductive rights. “It is wrong that women in this state and across this country are denied the basic health care services that they need and that they deserve, and I want to fight for those freedoms every day for as long as I can.”

Goodlander and Van Ostern would have had more company in their primary battle, but State Sen. Becky Whitley of Hopkinton abruptly withdrew last week. Whitley’s press release stated in part: “This experience has given me a front-row seat to the outsized role of money and insider connections in politics…”

On the Republican side for the 2nd Congressional District race, GOP activist Lily Tang Willams of Weare is running again. Lincoln businessman and author Vikram Mansharamani hopes to replace the outgoing six-term Kuster, and Hanover businessman William Hamlen is expected to toss his hat into the ring.

It’s a Democrat-leaning district, so we’ll see how this unfolds in the coming months.

The filing period ends June 14 at 5 p.m.

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