The Co-Chairs will help lead, guide and advise Lambert’s campaign for Congress. The group consist of business owners, veterans, community leaders, seasoned campaigners and political new-comers who believe Washington must change.
(Nashua, NH)- As Gary Lambert continues to build momentum and energy, the campaign released its first 15 campaign Co-Chairs today. The group includes eight men and seven women representing all counties of New Hampshire’s 2nd District. The team includes three women business owners, the youngest Representative in New Hampshire, two of the state’s leaders on veteran issues, three of the 2nd District’s top Republican Women, a strong group of Nashua’s community leaders and two North Country elected officials.
Gary Lambert stated: “I could not be more excited to have the support of these 15 campaign Co-Chairs. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of them on the tough issues facing our country and am excited to have the different views and perspectives each bring. Our campaign is about creating opportunity and a stronger country for the middle class and these fifteen individuals whether it be through creating jobs, giving back to the community, healthcare, or supporting our veterans have all been leaders in our state."
The Honorable Sharon Carson, NH State Senator, District 14, Londonderry. Senator Carson has previously represented Windham and currently represents Hudson in Rockingham County. Senator Carson has been a strong voice for smaller government in Concord for nearly 15 years. Carson has taught at Nashua Community College and is a veteran; a retired Sergeant First Class in the United States Army Reserve.
Sergeant Major Paul Chevalier, U.S. Marine Corps Retired, Hudson. Paul Chevalier’s leadership in the Granite State is second-to-none. Currently he serves as a member of the VFW National Legislative Committee and a member of the State Veterans Advisory Council. He is a former State Commander of the VFW. He has also served as Chair of Veterans on multiple campaigns including: Senator John McCain, Congressman Jeb Bradley, President George W. Bush, Congressman Charlie Bass, Senator John E. Sununu, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Governor Craig Benson.
Tracy Bennett- Collins, Owner of Zoe Marketing, LLC, Nashua. Tracy Bennet-Collins is one of Nashua’s leading business owners. Her marketing firm employs Granite Staters from all over New Hampshire. She also owns The Dazzling Dog & More; a top retail stop on Main St. in Nashua.
Alderman-at-Large Mark Cookson, Nashua. Mark Cookson has been a leader in Nashua on the Board of Alderman; fighting for small, common sense government. He is a member of Rotary and on the Board of Directors for the Nashua YMCA.
Alderman Arthur Craffey, Ward 4, Nashua. Lieutenant Colonel Craffey had a 25 year career with the U.S. Army Reserve and fought in both Gulf Wars as well as taking part in multiple deployments throughout the Middle East and South America. He has served two previous terms as an alderman (2009-2013) and Craffey is a member of the American Legion as well as multiple national health care associations. Utilizing his 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Lt. Col. Craffey currently is working to start his own small medical operations consulting firm that will handle marketing, business development, cost reduction, and enhance patient services.
Lydia Cumbee, Republican Activist, Franconia. Cumbee has been a long time voice for strong Republican woman in Grafton County. She has been an outspoken supporter and member of Woman for Mitt 2012 and Ovide for Governor. She invests herself in her community as well serving on the Franconia zoning board.
Alderman-at-Large David Deane, Nashua. David Deane was the top vote-getter of anyone on the Nashua Board of Alderman in 2012. Deane has been serving the City of Nashua since 1998; first as a member of the Board of Public Works then as an Alderman since 2002.
Marilyn Huston, Republican Activist. Marilyn Huston is currently the Secretary of the Cheshire Republican Women. She has been a volunteer on campaigns for over thirty years.
Dana Keegan–Owner, Velocity Performance, Nashua. Keegan is both a business owner and community leader in Nashua. Her relationship solidified with Lambert through their mutual work on the Nashua Soup Kitchen Capital Campaign. She is Vice President and Secretary of the Keegan Family Courage and Faith Foundation whose goal is give back one million dollars to support children in the greater Nashua area.
Jane Lane, Republican Activist, Keene. Jane Lane has volunteered her time tirelessly for small government and Republican candidates in Cheshire County. She is a former long-time officer of the New Hampshire chapter of the Federation of Republican Women.
Alderman Dan Moriarty, Ward 9, Nashua. Moriarty spent much of his early years focusing on the importance of education, eventually earning his doctorate in applied physics in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT. He came to the Granite State knowing it was the best place to raise his family. Moriarty currently works at BAE systems, where he has been for the last nine years, and is seeking to win his first alderman-at-Large election.
The Honorable Robert O’Dell, NH State Senator, District 8, Lempster. Senator O’Dell has been serving Granite Staters in Concord since 2000. His current State Senate district includes four counties in the 2nd District: Sullivan, Cheshire, Merrimack and Hillsborough. O’Dell won reelection in 2012 with 61%, making him one of the strongest Republican vote-getters in the State.
Dr. Carol Parnell, Owner, Parnell Family Chiropractic, Nashua. Dr. Parnell has been both a leading healthcare provider and a community leader in Nashua. Her service in Nashua’s health community extends over 20 years. Dr. Parnell is also a member of the Nashua Rotary, Home Health and Hospice Care, Girls Inc NH and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The Honorable Leon Rideout, NH State Representative, Coos-7, Lancaster. Representative Rideout won one of the closest elections in the state in 2012, defeating an incumbent by 34 votes. Rideout is a Coos County business owner and State Representative.
The Honorable Joseph Sweeney, NH State Representative, Rockingham Co. District 8, Salem. At the age of nineteen, Representative Sweeney is the youngest serving Member of the New Hampshire House. He is currently studying political science at UNH.