Republican Eddie Edwards has picked up the support of two of the state’s most influential military veterans leaders in his campaign for the 1st District U.S. House seat.
Endorsing Edwards are Paul Chevalier, a top advocate on veterans’ issues and former state commander of the New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars, and his wife, Cathie Chevalier, past state president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. They are perennially two of the most sought after veterans leaders in state Republican politics.
Edwards is a former police chief in South Hampton and former enforcement and licensing chief at the State Liquor Commission. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran.
The Chevaliers have been active community leaders in Hudson and remain active in the veterans community.
Paul Chevalier, who was an active duty Marine from 1954-1985, is a member of the VFW National Legislative Committee and has been a member of the board of directors of the VFW National Political Action Committee. He has been a strong supporter of many Republican candidates for president and state offices.
He backed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the 2016 presidential primary campaign, but supported now-President Donald Trump once it became clear that Trump would be the GOP presidential nominee. Chevalier was also state director of veterans coalitions backing President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, and he was also a strong backer of Sen. Kelly Ayotte in 2016 and former Sen. Scott Brown in 2014.
Previously, Chevalier organized veterans coalitions for former congressman and current state Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, former U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass, U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu and former Gov. Craig Benson.
In the 2016 GOP gubernatorial primary, he backed current state Republican Party Chairman Jeanie Forrester.
In a statement, the Chevaliers said: “New Hampshire needs a strong Republican in Congress to give voice to our military veterans and their families, and Eddie Edwards would be a powerful new voice for our state. As a veteran himself, Eddie Edwards is right on the issues, and he’s the candidate who can beat Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter next year.”