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After resigning as a UNH dean, Innis files for 1st District Congressional primary race

CONCORD - First District Congressional candidate Dan Innis said Friday he wants to go to Washington to represent the residents of New Hampshire unlike career politicians.

With family and supporters around him, Innis, of Portsmouth, officially filed to run in the 1st District Congressional Republican primary with Secretary of State Bill Gardner's office.

Innis, who resigned as dean of Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire to run for office, stressed his education and business experience gives him a very different perspective from his primary opponent, former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta.

Innis said he is a free-market conservative, and he believes he can use that perspective to make Washington better.

"Washington does not create jobs," Innis said, "but it does create a climate where jobs can be created and the economy can grow and expand, but right now that's not happening."

Also filing Friday was Howard Pearl of Loudon, which sets up a rematch with District 17 Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield, who also filed Friday for reelection.

"Republicans deserve an authentic conservative as their nominee for state Senate District 17," Pearl said. "My background as a farmer and community leader in Loudon has given me the conservative common sense that I believe we need in Concord as we try to create jobs and control the state budget in a stagnant economy."

Former District 17 state Sen. Jack Barnes, R-Raymond, will be the honorary chairman of Pearl's campaign.

Also filing Friday were:

State Senate, District 18: Robyn M. Dunphy, R-Manchester.

State Senate, District 21: Dennis Lemare, R-Lee.

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