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Republican Dan Innis announces run for Congress in N.H.’s 1st District

Dan Innis, the outgoing business-school dean at the University of New Hampshire, is running for Congress.

Innis, a Portsmouth Republican, announced his campaign for the 1st District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a Rochester Democrat, in an online video.

“I have benefitted from the American Dream time and again in my life. But dysfunction in Washington is breaking the promise that we have made to leave this country stronger for our children,” Innis said in the video. “Enough is enough. I believe we need new leaders, who will fight to make the American Dream available to the next generation.”

Innis is the second Republican to announce a 2014 run in the 1st District. Frank Guinta, a former Manchester mayor who held the seat for one term following the 2010 election, announced last month he would run again in 2014.

Innis is set to step down Nov. 1 as dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at UNH. He and his husband, Doug Palardy, own and operate Portsmouth’s Ale House Inn.

He told the Associated Press he doesn’t think being gay will be an issue in the race.

“It shouldn’t be a factor at all,” Innis told The AP. “It’s part of who I am, but it certainly doesn’t define me. New Hampshire has marriage equality, (the Defense of Marriage Act) is a thing of the past, the issue has been decided in New Hampshire.”

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For more coverage, see tomorrow’s Monitor.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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