CD7 Shaping into at Least a Three-Way Republican Primary


When U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) runs for reelection next year, he will apparently have to face businessman David Larsen for the fourth time – and at least one other challenger.

Although his $2 million Tewskbury home is up for sale, Larsen is simply downsizing now that his children have moved out, a source close to the perennial Republican challenger informed PolitickerNJ. And while Larsen has not yet filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), he intends to in the coming weeks, the same source noted.

While Larsen gets ready to run after having posted his best of three efforts – losing 13,300 to Lance’s 15,900 votes in 2014 – York Cook of Springfield has already filed with the feds.

The challenger has around $6,000 cash on hand.

As of September, Lance had $427,658 in the bank.

“The only interactions I’ve had with Lance is when I’ve confronted him at town halls about his and the Republican caucuses ineffectiveness in DC,” Cook told PolitickerNJ when asked on Facebook about his fledgling candidacy.

“I am currently an instructional aide, 27 but with be 28 in January, and it is true that I volunteer on Sen. Paul’s campaign in 2010 but I do not currently support him for President,” Cook added.

PolitickerNJ asked Cook why he wants to challenge the congressman, who was first elected in 2008.

“I believe the principle reason for the many challenges America faces is Congress’s abdication of their constitutional responsibilities,” he said. “After reviewing Mr. Lance’s voting record and attending four town hall meetings this year I concluded he is part of the problem in Washington D.C. and decided to challenge him for the seat he currently holds.”

CD7 Shaping into at Least a Three-Way Republican Primary