Feb. 23—A Republican state representative from Ledyard formally announced his intentions today to challenge U.S. Rep. Joseph D. Courtney for his 2nd Congressional District seat.
Rep. Mike France is in his fourth term in the legislature and is ranking member of the Appropriations Committee. He also heads the General Assembly's Conservative Caucus.
He filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Feb. 6 to run against Courtney, The Day of New London reported.
"Given my background in public service and service to my country, I felt compelled to run for many reasons," he said in a written statement announcing his candidacy. "But it was the withholding of COVID assistance last fall that got me into the race. ... Pelosi and her party withheld crucial, life-saving aid for what they now admit were entirely political purposes."
France served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years and was deployed multiple times to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf before retiring from the military in 2005. In the private sector, he is a Department of Defense contractor.