Large turn-out indicates the NH church will be active in this year's elections
CONCORD – In what was a historic evening, nearly 200 people packed Word of Life Christian Fellowship Church in Concord last night for a chance to get to know the candidates for US Congress, US Senate, and Governor, a little bit better. It was the first time in memory that a church in New Hampshire sponsored such an event. The forum comes on the heels of a conference last week, the New Hampshire Renewal Project, in which over 250 pastors and faith leaders gathered in Nashua to listen to speakers, such as former Speaker of the US House, Newt Gingrich, author and activist, David Barton, and former US Congressman, Bob McEwen. The conference was aimed at getting pastors more involved in the political process in the state.
Commenting on the candidate's forum last evening was Cornerstone's Executive Director, Kevin Smith:
"The rumors of the churchs' demise in New Hampshire have been greatly exaggerated. The fact that nearly 200 people of faith showed up at church on a Tuesday evening, to meet the candidates running for office, is a strong indication that not only is the church alive and well... but its getting active too! I would not be surprised if more churches followed suit in the months to come."
Smith added, "Any candidate who thinks they can write off this voting bloc is going to sadly regret doing so this fall."
Though not all candidates attended, the event had a bi-partisan tone to it as candidates from every party were invited to particiapte. Candidates who did participate were:
2nd Congressional District
Charlie Bass (R)
Bob Guida (R)
Jennifer Horn (R)
Howard Wilson (L)
Jim Bender (R)
Ken Blevens (L)
Dennis Lamare (R)
Ovide Lamontagne (R)
John Babiarz (L)
Jack Kimball (R)
Karen Testerman (R)
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