Wednesday, June 4:
CONCORD — Three Republicn candidates filed today for the District 11 state Senate seat being vacated by retiring former state Senate President Peter Bragdon.
Filing were former state Rep. Maureen Mooney of Merrimack, state Rep. Gary Lambert of Milford and Merrimack Town Councilor Dan Dwyer.
Our earlier report follows.
Monday, June 2:
CONCORD – Former state Rep. Maureen Mooney told New Hampshire Journal she filed a political committee with the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office Monday and is still considering whether to run for the District 11 state Senate seat being vacated by former state Senate president Peter Bragdon.
The Merrimack Republican is calling it an exploratory committee and said she has yet to make a final decision, but the committee allows her to begin to raise money for a campaign.
The filing period for state and federal offices opens on Wednesday and closes at 5 p.m. on June 13, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
If she runs, Mooney is expected to have GOP primary competition for the seat from Merrimack Town Councilor Dan Dwyer and Milford state Rep. Gary Daniels.
Mooney, a former GOP assistant leader in the House and a key supporter of John McCain during his first-in-the-nation primary campaigns, served in the House from 2002-2008. She backed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential primary and is currently a co-chair of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown’s women’s coalition.
Mooney, known as a conservative, has long been active in the state Republican Party, having served as state party secretary, chair of the Merrimack Republican Town Committee and other posts.
“Right now,” Mooney said, “the purpose of the PAC is to raise money in the instance that I run,” Mooney said.