CONCORD, NH — Ann McLane Kuster, a Democratic hopeful in New Hampshire’s 2nd District, officially filed her declaration of candidacy today, announcing she had hit her $1,000,000 fundraising goal last night, the most raised from New Hampshire donors in any Congressional race yet.
“I am running to represent New Hampshire people,” Kuster said in a speech delivered from the state house in Concord to a supportive crowd of more than 50, including her husband, two sons and local well-wishers.
Kuster filed her declaration of candidacy on the first day of the filling period, which runs through June 11. New Hampshire’s primary will be held September 14.
“Frankly I think Yankee values like fairness, frugality and respect could go a long way in Washington,” she said.
Kuster spoke in favor of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal, equal marriage rights, abortion rights, job creation and clean energy policy. But she also said federal dollars must be used conservatively.
“I am a frugal Yankee,” she said. “I believe that every tax dollar must be spent wisely or not at all.”
Kuster has been traveling throughout the state this month, attending 30 house parties hosted by supporters in 30 days. She has put a large emphasis on grassroots support among voters.
“Together we are standing up,” she told cheering supporters at the rally. “Together we are demanding government that supports decency and democracy. If you believe in this, together we will shake things up in Washington.”—
To see photos of the rally and Kuster’s speech, click here. —