Mayor-elect Callaghan endorses Matt Mowers in race against Democrat Pappas

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From left, U.S. Rep. 1st District hopeful Matt Mowers, Rochester Mayor Paul Callaghan and city school board members Matt Beaulieu and Sarah Harrington at Potter's Bakery in Rochester in September. (Rochester Voice file photo)

GILFORD - Matt Mowers accepted the endorsement of Rochester Mayor-Elect Paul Callaghan on Thursday, another boost in his bid to oust Democrat Chris Pappas from his representative's seat for the state's 1st Congressional district..

Mowers, a former State Department Official, is looking to take another shot at Pappas, whom he lost to by roughly 20,000 votes, 205,606-185,159, in 2020.

"Matt Mowers represents a new generation of conservative leadership that will fight for lower taxes, stand with our local law enforcement community and push back against the policies have led to the soaring costs of groceries and gas," said Callaghan. "I know that Matt will always put New Hampshire first - that's why I'm proud to support his campaign for Congress."

With 65 percent of the vote, Callaghan soundly defeated challenger Palana Hunt-Hawkins, 2,845-1,400, in Rochester's mayoral race on Nov. 2.

Mowers, who at this point faces four challengers in the Republican primary, said he was thankful for Callaghan's endorsement.

"I am grateful for Mayor-Elect Callaghan's support because I believe his decisive victory demonstrates the frustration and anger Granite Staters have as the radical left pushes their extreme, 'defund-the-police' agenda that puts us all in danger," he said. "I know that I will count on Mayor-Elect Callaghan to be a partner to me in Congress as we find more solutions to support our brave law enforcement officers and keep our New Hampshire communities safe."

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