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Published January 15. 2014 4:00AM

The vice chairman of the Sprague Republican Town Committee became the first candidate to declare plans to run for the 47th District state House of Representatives that includes part of Norwich and several small towns.

Michael P. Meadows of Baltic announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Republican nomination for the district seat now held by Democrat Brian Sear of Canterbury.

Meadows has been the vice-chairman of the Sprague Republican Town Committee for the past two years.

"Over the last several months I have been approached by many people asking me to consider running," Meadows said in a press release announcing his candidacy. "After talking to many different people, I feel there is no better time than now to announce and get to work. I am deeply concerned about our state and the direction it is going right now."

Meadows said he plans on "visiting thousands of homes" in the sprawling, mostly rural district to learn people's concerns.

"State unemployment is still very high and the state continues to lose our businesses, they are being siphoned off by other states," Meadows said. "Many people are settling for part-time jobs without health care. It's hard to sit idle when taxes continue to go up, towns are facing new challenges yearly and good people and businesses are leaving the state."

The 47th District consists of the towns of Sprague, Lisbon, Canterbury, Hampton, Lebanon, Franklin, Scotland, Chaplin and the northern portion of Norwich.

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