New Hampshire Executive Council member Chris Pappas won the Democratic primary with 56 percent of the vote in the race to replace retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), according to The Hill website.
The Greek-American politician defeated 10 other Democrats running in a top House district that the party needs to keep in the battle to take over the House, according to an Associated Press projection.
Pappas had the support of most New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers in the primary, including Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.
According to The Hill report, if Pappas wins in November, he’d be the first openly gay member of Congress from New Hampshire.
In November, Pappas will face Republican Eddie Edwards, a former police chief who’s been endorsed by Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York City mayor.
Born to Dawn and Arthur Pappas on June 4, 1980, Pappas is the fourth generation in his family to co-own and operate the Puritan Backroom restaurant in Manchester, a New Hampshire landmark founded by his great-grandfather — who emigrated to the United States from Greece — in 1917.
The Greek-American politician is focusing on issues such as healthcare for all, family planning, education, employment and the environment.