Former WMUR anchor McElveen decides against congressional bid

  • Josh McElveen

For the Monitor
Published: 1/8/2018 6:37:32 PM

After considering a bid for Congress, former WMUR political director Josh McElveen said he’s passing on running for the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd District.

“The reason I’m not running this cycle is for purely personal reasons,” McElveen told the Monitor on Monday. “I have an opportunity to spend more time with my family that I would certainly regret passing up over a potential candidacy for Congress.”

The former longtime WMUR anchor said he’s also launching a new consulting firm called McElveen Strategies with his wife, Colleen.

“I’m absolutely not ruling out looking at running for office in the future,” he said.

McElveen’s news came one day after former GOP state representative and U.S. Navy Captain Lynne Blankenbeker of Concord told the Monitor that she was days away from likely jumping into the race for the Second District seat, which is held by three-term Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster. Blankenbeker is expected to make the announcement at an event in Concord on Wednesday.

“I’m a proven candidate. I won a seat not once but twice in a very liberal district because I do the hard work,” she said.

McElveen, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said that his decision was made independent of Blankenbeker’s news.

The two declared Republican candidates in the race are state Rep. Steve Negron, a U.S. Air Force veteran and businessman from Nashua, and Dr. Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regional director who in 2017 was one of the top whistleblowers at the Manchester VA Medical Center.


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