Warner Republican to run for Larsen’s open state Senate seat
Warner Republican Lydia Harman filed yesterday to run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Sylvia Larsen.
Harman, 43, unsuccessfully ran against Larsen in 2012, drawing 30 percent of the vote. District 15 includes Concord, Warner, Henniker and Hopkinton. Larsen has occupied the seat for 20 years, and her surprise retirement last week opened up a floodgate of potential Democratic primary candidates. As of yesterday, only Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger had filed on the Democratic side. Harman is the only Republican who has filed to date. Hopkinton Selectman Jim O’Brien, also a Republican, had been considering a run but decided against it Tuesday.
“I’m excited,” Harman said yesterday after filing her paperwork at the secretary of state’s office. “I think we had the opportunity to learn the ropes last time.”
Harman was born in Concord and moved to Warner in 2012. She has five children, three of whom she adopted from Russia, and runs a real estate business based in Warner. At the top of Harman’s agenda is a focus on jobs and the economy, she said yesterday. Preserving the environment is also a top priority for Harman, who is active in permaculture landscaping, although she didn’t discuss specifics about environmental initiatives yesterday.
As she prepares for another run, Harman said she’s committed to listening to what people from any political party have to say and taking their concerns seriously.
The Free State Project, which encourages libertarians to move to New Hampshire, recommends Harman on its website as a real estate agent to work with in the state. When asked about her involvement with the Free State Project during her 2012 campaign, Harman told the Monitor she didn’t consider herself a “porcupine,” a name given to some New Hampshire natives who are aligned with the Free State Project.
The filing deadline for state office is tomorrow.
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kronayne.)