🐘 Russell Prescott finished fourth in the 2022 Republican primary

🐘 He was considered a moderate in the previous primary

🐘 The state's current leadership in Congress has forgotten "Live free or die" values, according to Prescott

One of the last Republicans to enter the 2022 First Congressional District primary is the first to get in for 2024.

Russell Prescott, a former member of the state Senate and member of the Executive Council, announced his candidacy on a campaign Facebook page Thursday morning with the goal of leaving a better country for the future.

"I hear it day in and day out from New Hampshire families that our current leadership in Washington is failing us. That’s why after much consideration with my family and supporters, I have decided I cannot stand by and allow our current trajectory to be the country we leave to our children and grandchildren," Prescott wrote.

He said New Hampshire's current leadership in Congress has forgotten "Live free or die" values and needs someone with his "business and elected experience" to change the status quo.

SNHU Civic Scholar and founder of NH Political Capital Dean Spiliotes expects others to join the race

"His 10% in the 2022 GOP primary for CD-1 is not likely to scare off other competitors. Who those individuals will be remains to be seen. Prescott was considered a moderate in the context of that 2022 primary field," Spiliotes said.

Prescott finished fourth in the crowded 2022 Republican primary behind Gail Huff Brown (17%), Matt Mowers (25.3%) and Karoline Leavitt (34.4%). Tim Baxter finished close behind Prescott, who threw his support behind Leavitt, who lost the general election to Democrat Chris Pappas.

Leavitt, Mowers, and Brown all have ties to the Trump administration.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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