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Republican U.S. Senate primary could total 11 candidates

State House Bureau

June 12. 2014 9:32PM

CONCORD — Nashua radio talk show host P. Gardner Goldsmith was one of four people to file to run for the U.S. Senate.With Republicans Bob Smith and Karen Testerman expected to file Friday, that field could total 11 candidates for the primary election.

Goldsmith filed his intent to run for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian candidate.

He has to file 3,000 petitions to be placed on the ballot, 1,500 from each of the state’s two congressional districts.

Goldsmith said he is running to preserve the country’s founding principles and ideals that are no longer held by current U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and possible Republican candidate Scott Brown.

He said those ideals include the right to the pursuit of life, liberty and the fruits of labor and to defend those rights with arms without interference.

“Politicians are spitting in our faces and calling it rain,” Goldsmith said.

Filing for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate race were Miro Dziedzic of Windham, Mark W. Farnham of Lebanon and Walter W. Kelly of Lancaster.

Two candidates filed for the Democratic nomination for the District 4 Executive Council race Thursday, incumbent Chris Pappas and Maria A. Chilson, both of Manchester.

Steve Hattamer of Hollis filed for the District 5 Executive Council seat

Filing for state Senate were: Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, for the District 9 seat; Rep. Michael McCarthy, R-Nashua, for District 12; Jim Foley, R-Derry, and Rep. Frank V. Sapareto, R-Derry, for District 19; and Phil Nazzaro, R-Newmarket, for District 21.

The filing period ends today.