District 2 GOP hopefuls expected at city forum

NASHUA – The five Republican primary candidates for the 2nd Congressional District seat are expected to participate in a question-and-answer forum Thursday.

The event will be held at City Hall auditorium at 7 p.m., preceded by a social gathering slated for 6 p.m. It is open to the public and free, but donations are requested to defray event costs, according to the host Nashua Republican City Committee.

Gene Chandler, a former Republican speaker of the N.H. House, will moderate. Candidates will answer questions submitted by the audience.

Jennifer Horn, one of the five candidates vying to face Democrat incumbent Paul Hodes for the 2nd District seat, spent Tuesday touring the area with a famed Army officer.

Lt. Col. Steve Russell commanded the unit that captured Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Later this month, Russell will compete in a GOP primary runoff for an Oklahoma state Senate seat. He and Horn, a Nashua resident and former talk show host, held an event at the VFW hall in Nashua.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Bob Clegg, of Hudson, who is also in the congressional primary, spent the past few days attending Hudson Old Home Days, a similar event in Rumney and a house party in Concord.

The other three candidates – former congressional staffer Grant Bosse, engineer Alfred L’Eplattenier and lawyer Jim Steiner – haven’t recently announced visits to the area.