GOP County Commissioner Considering Bid

There are already two Republicans in the race.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 2, 2018, 9:22 a.m.

Carroll County Commissioner Mark Hounsell (R), a “former state senator said last Friday he is doing an ‘exploratory initiative’ to consider running for” retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s (D) seat. “Hounsell believes the race ‘needs a voice from the northern wilderness.’ He pledges not to speak ill of GOP colleagues but seemed eager to talk about” Executive Councilor Chris Pappas (D). ‘If the Republicans want this seat, then you better put me in there (as the nominee),’ he said. ‘I’m the only one who can take on Chris Pappas. I’m friends with a lot of Democrats.’ … Hounsell left the GOP, becoming an Independent briefly in 2014, before returning to the party.” (Conway Daily Sun)


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