Former NH GOP vice chairman announces 1st District candidacy

January 16, 2020 GMT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Former New Hampshire Republican Party vice chairman Matt Mayberry has announced his candidacy for the state’s 1st Congressional District U.S. House seat.

Mayberry is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a 2016 Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention. He is a realtor and a small business owner who served three terms on Dover’s City Council and on the school board.

“When I looked at the suffering that’s going on around the state of New Hampshire, especially with small businesses, individuals, people within the margins, that someone needed a champion for them,” Mayberry said Thursday on WTSN radio’s “Morning Information Center.”

He said he supports the line-item veto, a balanced budget amendment, expanding the Trump administration tax cuts, and making them permanent. He also said he supports term limits.

The seat is currently held by Democrat Chris Pappas, who was elected in 2018.

There is at least one other candidate for the Republican nomination. Matt Mowers, of Bedford, who served as a senior White House adviser and diplomat in the State Department and worked for Trump’s campaign, announced he’s running earlier this week.