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Rep. Elect Frank Guinta Hires Edwards  

Eddie Edwards to serve as Director of Community Relations for Guinta

Today, Congressman-Elect Frank Guinta announced that Eddie Edwards, most recently the Police Chief for South Hampton, will join his federal staff as the Director of Community Relations.  

In 2014, Eddie Edwards was the Republican nominee for State Senate District 4, which includes Barrington, Dover, Somersworth and Rollinsford.  Prior to that, Mr. Edwards served in law enforcement for 24 years in various capacities including as Director of the New Hampshire State Liquor Enforcement Division.  

As Director of Community Relations, Mr. Edwards will be responsible for public outreach and community planning for Congressman Guinta. Specific areas of responsibilities include small business outreach, work with regional nonprofit agencies, and serving as the point person for Homeland Security related matters. Mr. Edwards will also use his law enforcement background to develop a solid line of communication between Congressman Guinta and all levels of law enforcement.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

"Eddie is a dear friend and a committed public servant.  His time in law enforcement, state government, and service on numerous boards and legislative commissions have shown him to be a thoughtful, intelligent and articulate advocate and policy maker.  His knowledge of New Hampshire and his personal relationships in the public and private sector will be invaluable to my office as we seek to serve New Hampshire's First Congressional District."



Congressman Douglas to serve as NH House Legal Counsel



Concord—Chuck Douglas, of Bow, NH, a former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice and Congressman, today agreed to serve as legal counsel to the Speaker of the New Hampshire House, Shawn Jasper. “I couldn’t be happier that Congressman Douglas will be joining our team,” said Jasper.  “Given his background both on the bench and in congress, he will be an invaluable resource to the House as we move forward.” The Congressman has also served as the legal counsel to the New Hampshire Republican Party.


Douglas got his first taste of the New Hampshire Legislature during the 1965 legislative session, serving as the administrative assistant to the House Majority Leader while a government major at UNH.  In 1973 and 1974 he served in the executive branch as legal counsel to Governor Meldrim Thomson.  He was later appointed to be a superior court judge in 1974.  In 1977, at age 34, Douglas was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme  Court—the youngest high court judge in the nation.  He served on the court until 1985 when he resigned to resume private practice in Concord.


Douglas was elected to congress and served in 1989 and 1990, representing New Hampshire’s second congressional district. His military career consisted of 23 years with the army national guard where he served as the state’s judge advocate general.  He retired as a full colonel from the New Hampshire Army National Guard.


“Chuck has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to dealing with all three of the branches of state government, “ added Speaker Jasper.  “I am confident that he will be ready and able to deal with any legal issues or challenges that come before us.” 



Rep Elect Guinta Makes First Two Hires for Congressional Staff  

Today, Congressman-Elect Frank Guinta announced he has hired Jay Ruais to serve as his Chief of Staff and Sean Thomas to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Ruais brings a wealth of New Hampshire political and legislative experience to the position. Most recently, he served as Mr. Guinta's campaign manager after having been a field manager in his 2010 race, and a Legislative Aide in Congressman Guinta's Washington DC office. A Salem native, Ruais received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and a Masters of Public Administration from American University.

Thomas served four years as Chief of Staff to then Mayor Frank Guinta and continued his service as Director of Constituent Services for Congressman Guinta from 2011-2012. A long time resident of Downtown Manchester, Thomas serves as a Board Member of New Horizons for New Hampshire, is a parishioner at St. Raphael Parish in Manchester and was recognized in 2009 as one of New Hampshire's 40 Under Forty. Thomas is a 1992 graduate of St. Anselm College and has been a New Hampshire Republican activist since 1995 when he began working for former Manchester Mayor Raymond Wieczorek.

Ethan Zorfas, who previously served as Congressman Guinta's Chief of Staff and as a General Consultant on his prior Congressional races, will stay on as a political advisor to Congressman Guinta.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

"I am pleased to announce that Sean and Jay will be joining my Congressional staff. Their deep knowledge of the District and the needs of Granite Staters will be invaluable to my Washington and in state staff. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the 114th Congress to enact policies that strengthen the middle class, protect and preserve our entitlement programs while reducing our debt and deficit."


Matt Toy Joins Stay Work Play¹s Board of Directors 

Manchester —Stay Work Play, a New Hampshire nonprofit organization to encourage more young workers to stay, work and play in the state after graduation, has welcomed a new member to its Board of Directors, Matt Toy.


Matt Toy is the Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at Dyn Inc. in Manchester, NH.  Matt is responsible for ensuring that cross company alignment is always driven by what is best for Dyn’s customers.


Matt believes in Stay Work Play’s mission and recognizes New Hampshire as a great place for recent college graduates to launch their careers and their lives.

"I feel like I have a relatively common story: born and raised in NH, attended college in NH then went to work in a large city outside of the state,” commented Matt.  “But ultimately I longed for an opportunity to come back home.  Fortunately for me I found that opportunity. I'm excited to be involved with Stay Work Play to help show others that there is opportunity and reason to come back to NH.”


With the dedication and enthusiasm Matt Toy has for New Hampshire and Stay Work Play, the organization is delighted to welcome him to the Board of Directors.


About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko,, (603) 860-2245.



Citizens For A Strong NH - CSNH brings on Mike Ciccio 



Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire welcomes new team member

Announces Michael Ciccio as the organization's new Director of Field Operations.


(September 22, 2014) - Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is adding to its growing team today with the announcement of conservative staffer Michael Ciccio as the organization's new Director of Field Operations.

Ciccio has previously worked on several campaigns, including most recently as Field Director on the Hemingway for Governor Campaign. He also served as a Field Representative for the Republican State Committee, Sen. Jeb Bradley's Congressional Campaign, and Sen. Bob Clegg's Congressional Campaign. Additionally, he was a Legislative Aide in the New Hampshire Senate.
Matthew Murphy, Executive Director of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:


"Mike Biundo, Derek Dufresne, Kory Wood, and I are extremely excited to welcome Michael Ciccio to the Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire team. He will play an important role in our ongoing fight for lower taxes, less spending, and a smaller government in Concord and on Capitol Hill.  

"I am confident that with Michael's leadership, and the continued hard-work of our many dedicated volunteers, we will only improve our strong record of using grassroots activism to educate Granite Staters on the important issues impacting them and their families."