Republican congressional candidate Lynne Blankenbeker of Concord received the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Chuck Douglas, R-N.H., Tuesday, according to a news release from Blankenbeker’s campaign.

Blankeneker, a former state representative, is one of seven Republicans vying to unseat U.S. Rep. Ann M. Kuster, D-N.H., in the state’s 2nd Congressional District.

Douglas represented the district from 1989-91. He also served as an associate justice on the N.H. Supreme Court from 1977-85.

“Working in Congress requires you to be an expert in multiple fields and to always be in tune with the needs of your district,” Douglas said in the release. “Lynne Blankenbeker has the experience to not only be the voice for the people of New Hampshire, but to be an advocate for them in finding solutions to problems that affect their daily lives.”

In addition to Blankenbeker, the crowded field of Republicans is made up of Brian Belanger of New Boston; Gerard Beloin of Colebrook; former Hillsborough County treasurer Robert Burns of Nashua; former Veterans Affairs regional director Dr. Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton; Jay Mercer of Nashua; and N.H. Rep. Steve Negron of Nashua.

New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District includes all of the Monadnock Region.

Kuster, who lives in Hopkinton, is running for re-election to her fourth term.

Libertarians Justin O’Donnell of Nashua and Tom Alciere of Hudson are also running for the seat, while Dexter W. Dow of Franklin and Gary S. Moody of Milford have filed as independents.

The primary is scheduled for Sept. 11, ahead of the general election on Nov. 6.

​William Holt can be reached at 352-1234 extension 1435, or wholt@keenesentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter at WHoltKS.