Pepperell’s Green makes congressional run official
LOWELL -- There will be no more exploring for Rick Green.
The wealthy Pepperell businessman formally declared himself on Tuesday a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Third District Congressional seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.
Green, the co-founder and CEO of 1A Auto, has for years been an aggressive antagonist of Beacon Hill Democrats as the head of the non-profit Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
After considering a challenge to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, he has now set his sights on a seat in the House. Green said his decision to enter the race was based on the support of his family, a "common desire" with residents of the district for "effective leadership," and the belief that he could make a positive impact in people's lives.
"Listening to their stories made me confident -- given my business and real-world experience -- that not only can I improve economic conditions in the district, but also that I am uniquely qualified to do so. I'm excited to make my case directly to the citizens of the 3rd district," Green said.
Green set up an exploratory committee in early September, but now becomes the most high profile Republican to commit to a campaign for the seat Tsongas plans to relinquish next year.
Scott Alan Gunderson, a Groton Republican and former Navy pilot, also filed paperwork to run as a Republican in January before it was known that Tsongas planned to retire.
The Third District, which stretches through the Merrimack and Nashoba valleys from Haverhill and Lowell to Ashburnham and Fitchburg, is considered by some to be the most ripe for a Republican to break back into the ranks of the all-Democrat Congressional delegation.
A handful of Democrats have also declared their interest in the seat, and are actively exploring possible campaigns.
By Matt Murphy, State House News Service, LOWELL SUN