Ex-NH rep is gunning for Kuster

CONCORD – A three-term former state representative from Hudson announced Tuesday he will make a second bid for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional district seat in Congress.

Jim Lawrence announced he will file for the position on Capitol Hill, currently held by Democrat Ann Kuster, to "rein in the federal bureaucracy" and root out inefficiencies in federal government.

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Lawrence’s campaign said he built a business for 15 years as a contractor to remove waste in Department of Defense projects. In a press release announcing his decision, Lawrence touted his business of streamlining government to help save taxpayer dollars.

"Government overspending and waste robs the taxpayers of their hard-earned money. It drains needed job-creating capital from the small businesses that drive our economy," he said in the statement. "Congresswoman Kuster has failed the people of New Hampshire, she has grown more and more beholden to her party bosses and the special interests in Washington. She has not led. I will."

Lawrence previously ran in 2014 for the seat, finishing a distant third in the Republican party primary behind Nashua’s Gary Lambert and GOP challenger Marilinda Garcia, who won the nomination and lost to Kuster in the general election.

This election cycle, Lawrence has hired longtime Republican strategist Michael Biundo, who managed Frank Guinta’s two Manchester mayoral campaigns and served as national campaign manager during the 2012 presidential bid of Rick Santorum.

Biundo recently served as regional adviser for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as part of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and later joined the campaign of Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

In a statement, Biundo said Lawrence will run a professional, districtwide campaign by taking his message "directly to voters in the media, online, at town hall meetings and in door-to-door conversations" to paint a clear contrast with Kuster.

There are at least two Republicans who have announced their candidacy – Jack Flanagan of Brookline and Casey Newell of Deerfield. Flanagan is scheduled to fill out his candidacy forms at the Statehouse on Wednesday when the filing period begins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Chris Garofolo reported from Hudson.