There is a third Republican entering the race for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District and when he files Wednesday he will be the first African-American to run for Congress in the state’s history.
Jim Lawrence, 42, of Hudson, served three terms in the New Hampshire House beginning in 2002. He runs a small consulting business in Nashua.
He enters the Sept. 9 Republican primary against former state Sen. Gary Lambert, R-Nashua, and state Rep. Marilinda Garica, R-Salem for the right to take on freshman Democratic incumbent Annie Kuster, D-Hopkinton.
Lawrence, might be the last one to declare his intention to run for Congress, but he also might be the most conservative. During his last term in the House the House Republican Alliance said he voted conservative 98 percent of the time. By comparison, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, who entered this Congressional contest in November has an HRA rating of 96 percent. (Lambert wasn’t rated as a member of the Senate.)