CARLISLE - Former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci has been named chair of the campaign committee for Republican Jon Golnik, who will seek a rematch against Congresswoman Niki Tsongas in the newly formed 3rd Congressional District.
Golnik, 46, of Carlisle, lost to Tsongas, D-Lowell, in 2010 but finished with more than 94,000 votes in the old 5th Congressional District — the best showing from a Republican in the region since 1992.
Cellucci was governor from 1977 until 2001 after which he became U.S. Ambassador to Canada. He is a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate.
"Governor Cellucci managed Massachusetts in a way similar to how I would represent this district — with an understanding that conservative fiscal policy expands job growth and is best for the people," Golnik said in a statement "Like Jon, I believe the way to grow jobs is not through higher taxes and the over-regulation that Congresswoman Tsongas has repeatedly supported," Celluci said in the statement.
Congressional districts in Massachusetts were redrawn this fall because the state is set to lose one of its 10 House seats.
Golnik is the first Republican to officially announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination for Congress in the 3rd District.
Tsongas was first elected to Congress in October 2007 in a special election, after former U.S. Rep. Martin Meehan stepped down to become chancellor of UMass-Lowell. She ran unopposed in 2008.