CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JIM CRAIG CELEBRATES "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" AT MERRIMACK'S 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES

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Contact: Jean Weinberg

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(July 4, 2006)— Today, Jim Craig, Congressional Candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District marched in the Merrimack Parade in celebration of Independence Day. The theme of Merrimack’s July 4th celebration is  “Service Above Self.”

“It’s a great day to celebrate our nation’s independence with family and friends in Merrimack,” Jim said. “I have always been proud to serve my country, in the Army, in the state house and one-on-one with my neighbors in the community. ‘Service Above Self’ is a fitting theme for today’s parade because it is time to put aside politics and get the job done in Washington. It’s time to put New Hampshire families first.”

Jim marched the parade route surrounded by his family and friends, including his wife Sharon, children Molly and Will, and granddaughter Emma. As they marched the route, beside them, his father William H. Craig, drove a 1935 fire truck. Jim’s father purchased the fire truck in 1989 with his grandson, Will Craig at his side. The fire truck, which was originally the Number 2 fire engine in Charlestown, New Hampshire, was acquired at a fireman’s muster in Suncook, New Hampshire.

Jim Craig, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District, is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and his roots in the Granite State stretch for five generations. 33 years ago, Jim married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, and together they’ve raised two children in their hometown, Manchester. With help from the GI bill, he received his law degree and joined his family's law practice. For over 20 years, he has promoted the health and well-being of families by serving on non-profit community boards. He was elected to the New Hampshire State House in 1998 and now serves as Democratic Leader. While in Concord, he worked tirelessly to create bipartisan, practical solutions for the state.