Greenland businesswoman announces bid for 1st CD seat

October 2, 2023

The Union Leader

October 2, 2023

A businesswoman and former U.S. Army Reservist has announced she will seek the Republican Party nomination in the 1st Congressional District.

Hollie Noveletsky of Greenland is joining former Executive Councilor Russell Prescott of Kingston in the primary for the right to oppose U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., who is expected to seek a fourth two-year term in 2024.

“When I look at Washington, I see a city run by Joe Biden and Chris Pappas, who bask in inaction and empty promises, while middle-class families in New Hampshire are stuck with inflation, higher energy costs, the rising cost of health care, and chaos at our southern border,” Noveletsky said in a statement.

“For me, the choice was clear: I could either complain and do nothing or use my experiences as a veteran, a nurse, and CEO to offer conservative, America First solutions that will help New Hampshire.”

Prescott finished fourth in the GOP primary for the seat in 2022.

Noveletsky is CEO of Novel Iron Works, a steel fabricating company in Greenland that employs about 100 people.

Her father, Ralph Noveletsky, founded the business in 1956 in Malden, Mass.

He moved the firm in the late 1970s to a larger 26-acre facility directly off Interstate 95 in Greenland.

Novel Iron Works primarily supplies steel to companies in New England and New York.

This will be her first campaign for major elective office.

“Washington has enough career politicians; we need a veteran and CEO willing to work on economic solutions that will help our families and fix the illegal immigration crisis, and that’s why I’m running for Congress,” Noveletsky said.

She served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 10 years as a nurse practitioner.

Her volunteer service included working with victims of the Blood Diamond Wars, the amputee camps, and victims of the sex trade in Sierra Leone, and assisted victims of Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma tornadoes, and the Maine ice storms.

Noveletsky has been an active supporter of GOP causes in recent years.

Last year, the company co-sponsored a fundraiser for the Committee to Elect House Republicans, where former Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo appeared as a guest speaker.

During the 2022 election, she was one of several business leaders to support the reelection of Gov. Chris Sununu.

Noveletsky has been a consistent financial supporter of New Hampshire Republican candidates giving a total of $8,900 to Gilford Republican Matt Mowers, who twice ran for this seat in 2020 and 2022, according to

“Keep an eye on Hollie — her combined background in business, the military and as a nurse give her an incredible biography to run on and her roots in the Seacoast run deep,” Mowers said Monday.

She also wrote campaign checks to 2022 1st District GOP nominee Karoline Leavitt ($1,500), Sununu ($2,000 in 2019, $250 in 2022), 2022 U.S. Senate nominee Don Bolduc and GOP Senate runner-up Chuck Morse ($1,250 each).