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Republican Jack Flanagan bows out of 2nd Congressional District 2018 race

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 10. 2017 5:50PM
Jack Flanagan (Thomas Roy/Union Leader file photo)

BROOKLINE — A Republican running for the Second Congressional District seat abruptly bowed out of his 2018 bid Friday, citing the fact there were others in the GOP primary race who shared his views.

Former House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan of Brookline said he’ll remain politically active and did not rule out a run for public office in the future.

“We need someone fighting on our behalf to secure our Constitutional rights, to improve our economy for working class communities, and to keep us safe and secure from the many international dangers we are witness to,” Flanagan said in his withdrawal statement.

“I still believe this. I know there are others running for this office that have the same priorities as I do and I am encouraged by that. While it is time for me to refocus my attention on my personal and private sector interests, I intend to still be involved in my local community and the greater community of our entire state.”

Flanagan first ran for the seat in 2016 losing in the Republican primary to former State Rep. Jim Lawrence of Hudson.

Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-N.H., defeated Lawrence in that general election.

Flanagan said he remains just as convinced as ever New Hampshire needs a different U.S. representative.

“When I embarked on this journey to run for Congress, I did so with the belief New Hampshire needs better representation in Washington,” Flanagan said.

His withdrawal leaves in the GOP race State Rep. and Nashua business owner Steve Negron and Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, one of the whistleblowers of inadequate conditions at the Manchester VA Medical Center. “Good luck to those running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd District and for whoever wins the primary next September. I will work hard to secure your victory in November,” Flanagan said.

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