Huff Brown Candidate In 1St District, Cozzens In 2Nd

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, file photo, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., left, and his wife, Gail Huff, are introduced by Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis, foreground right, during a campaign event for Scott Brown, in Milford, Mass. Republican Gail Huff Brown, who added her husband's name, announced her candidacy, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District seat in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, file photo, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., left, and his wife, Gail Huff, are introduced by Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis, foreground right, during a campaign event for Scott Brown, in Milford, Mass. Republican Gail Huff Brown, who added her husband's name, announced her candidacy, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District seat in 2022. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gail Huff Brown, a former broadcast journalist and wife of former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, has announced her candidacy for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District seat in 2022.

Huff Brown told WMUR-TV that the “tipping point” that convinced her to become a candidate was President Joe Biden’s handling of the U.S withdrawal from Afghanistan.

She joins five other Republicans who have already declared their candidacies and seek to challenge incumbent Chris Pappas, a Democrat who is serving his second term. They are Karoline Leavitt, Tim Baxter, Matt Mowers, Julian Acciard and Gilead Towne.

In the 2nd District, Republican Jeff Cozzens, owner of Schilling Beer Co. in Littleton, is a candidate for 2022, hoping to challenge U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat serving her fifth term.

WMUR reports Cozzens is a former U.S. State Department employee and a private consultant advising government agencies, including the Department of Defense, helping them understand and combat Islamic terrorism.

He said his decision to run was prompted by what he calls the “abject failure” of the Biden administration and the Democratic majority in the House and Senate on both the national security and domestic fronts.

Cozzens joins former Hillsborough County Treasurer Robert Burns, of Bedford, in a GOP primary.