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Mowers to run again for Congress in New Hampshire

August 30, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photograph, Matt Mowers speaks before a campaign rally for President Donald Trump at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry, N.H. Mowers has announced he will be making another run for a New Hampshire House seat. Mowers lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas in the 2020 election for the 1st Congressional seat. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photograph, Matt Mowers speaks before a campaign rally for President Donald Trump at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry, N.H. Mowers has announced he will be making another run for a New Hampshire House seat. Mowers lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas in the 2020 election for the 1st Congressional seat. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photograph, Matt Mowers speaks before a campaign rally for President Donald Trump at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry, N.H. Mowers has announced he will be making another run for a New Hampshire House seat. Mowers lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas in the 2020 election for the 1st Congressional seat. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Matt Mowers will be making another run for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District.

Mowers lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas in the 2020 election for the seat.

Former President Donald Trump had endorsed Mowers, who briefly worked in his administration’s State Department. Mowers also worked for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and ran his 2016 presidential primary campaign in New Hampshire.

Mowers filed paperwork to run Monday and told WMUR-TV that his run is not only about defeating Pappas, who is in his second term, but combating what he described as a total failure of the Biden administration. He was especially critical of the way the Biden Administration is handling the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Mowers joins an already crowded Republican field that includes former Trump staffer Karoline Leavitt and Tim Baxter, a Republican and first-term member of the New Hampshire House. Others who have announced their candidacy for the Republican nomination for the seat are Gilead Towne, of Salem, and Julian Acciard, of Derry.