Charles, or Charlie, Bass was elected to the U.S. House of Respresentatives in the 1994 midterm elections and served for 12 years, before losing his seat to current Democratic Representative Paul Hodes in 2006. Bass is looking to regain his seat this fall.
A moderate Republican, Bass is a member of the Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice PAC and Republicans for Environmental Protection. He is considered fairly center-right on the political spectrum.
Bass’s father, Perkins Bass, served as a Congressman from New Hampshire from 1955 to 1963. His grandfather was a Republican governor of the state from 1911 to 1912. Bass graduated from Dartmouth College in 1974. He currently lives in Peterborough, NH with his wife Lisa and their two children.
Bob Giuda is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and is an international airline captain. He served in the United States Marines and as an FBI agent, and has spent the last 23 years as a commercial airline pilot.
One of the most conservative candidates running in the race, Guida is a strict constructionist when it comes to the Constitution, running for Congress to limit the power of government and the scope of its oversight.
Giuda has been a strong supporter of training pilots to prepare for terrorist attacks and hijacking, and he traveled on fact-finding missions to Kashmir in 2002 and 2003 to investigate human rights violations. He served four years on the Board of Selectmen in Warren, NH, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975.
Jennifer Horn is a former conservative columnist for the Nashua Telegraph and radio talk show host. She has been involved in a variety of public service initiatives, including writing a book to support breast cancer research.
Horn was the Republican nominee for Congress in 2008, but was trounced by Hodes in the general election. She was the first female candidate nominated for federal office by the NH Republican Party.
Horn lives with her husband and five children in Nashua, NH.
Swett’s parents came to the United States after surviving the Holocaust, and she and her sister were first-generation Americans. Swett became a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while attending Yale University.
She later earned a law degree and a Ph.D. She married her husband in 1980 and they have seven children. They live in Bow, NH.
Swett served as a Congressional staffer and co-hosted a political talk show on WMUR TV Channel 9. She ran and lost to Charlie Bass in 2002 when he was an incumbent in the Congressional race. She announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2008, hoping to unseat Republican John E. Sununu, but later withdrew her bid.
Ann McLane Kuster
Ann McLane Kuster, often called Annie, is a partner in the law firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, focusing on education, nonprofit and health care policy. She has served as a lobbyist for various healthcare and education groups as well, including Dartmouth College.
Kuster, probably the most liberal candidate in the race, raised the most money from New Hampshire donors in any Congressional race in the state’s history.
She has been a statewide activist recognized for her work with mental health issues and increasing professional opportunities for women, and served as co-chair for New Hampshire Women for Obama. She recieved the Eleanor Roosevelt Award in 2000 for local, state, and national service to the Democratic Party.
Kuster is strongly pro-choice and has been endorsed by several women’s groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice America, EMILY’s List, the National Organization for Women, Women’s Campaign Forum, and Feminist Majority.
Kuster and her husband live in Hopkinton, NH, and have two sons.