Maine District 2

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Maine District 2

Please join the team for Maine 02!  We promise some fun, some work (as much as you choose), and lots of comaraderie! Team members will be in Maine during most of September, October and up to the election, and welcome all who want to join them in working for the Golden campaign Email the Team leaders Vic Mailey and Bess Coughlin below for details on the ongoing opportunities for helping in ME 02

Email us:  Strength@marchingforwardmass.com

Jared Golden is the Democratic candidate for ME 02.

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Jared Golden, ex-Marine and ex-Senate staffer and state rep from Lewiston, is now our standard bearer running in Maine 02 against GOP congressman Bruce Poliquin. Ranked Choice Voting decided the outcome, with votes from the last place candidate raising Jared from 49 to 54 percent.

Jared has gotten gracious and enthusiastic support from his opponents. Both Lucas St. Clair and Craig Olson have vowed active co-operation to defeat Poliquin in November.

Throughout this primary campaign, Jared has been unwavering in pushing progressive goals. He wants to re-write the regressive GOP tax bill; he wants health care treated as a right, not a privilege; he urges fixes for the ACA, while working toward universal health care like Medicare for All.

Jared wants renewable energy projects expanded in Maine while blocking fossil fuel projects. He is a strong backer of trade unions and an opponent of offshore drilling.

So, now, we're off and running. Canvassing and phone-calling has begun in Maine. We are lining up our own involvement in the second district. 

To get involved, contact Bess Coughlin or Vic Mailey at: strength@marchingforwardmass.com 

Learn more about Jared Golden:

Campaign website
Facebook  .  

Maine 02 is a huge district, and Jared Golden’s campaign can use all the volunteers it gets!
Email: strength@marchingforwardmass.com - you will promptly be put in touch with Bess and Vic, the team leaders for Maine 02.

Here are notes from Rick Schnure, Vic Mailey and Bess Coughlin, AAC Team Leaders for Maine 02

From Rick: “The only congressional district in New England that has been Republican is Maine 02 which covers all of Maine except the southern coast. Jared Golden is given a good chance to unseat the incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin.

 The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting Poliquin and added Golden to their "Red to Blue" program. Golden, a United States Marine Corps veteran, and state legislator is running with the support of VoteVets.org, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and several labor union endorsements.

The Republican-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund has reserved $2.8 million in airtime to support Poliquin in his re-election bid. Poliquin also received $1 million in support from the America First Action super PAC, an organization "dedicated to electing federal candidates who support the agenda of the Trump-Pence administration."

Poliquin won by only 33,797 votes in the last election  Obama won by a similar amount in 2012

Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball rated the general election a “toss-up," while Inside Elections rated it "lean Republican."

 This is an election we can influence!!” Want to donate to Golden’s campaign?
Contribute directly to Golden’s campaign here.

 Vic Mailey with Jared Golden and a campaign staffer

Vic Mailey with Jared Golden and a campaign staffer


From Vic: ”Jared Golden recently spoke in Ellsworth to more than 100 enthusiastic Mainers. He flew in just a little late after walking the line and chatting with union folks from north of Waterville.

Jared addressed a wide range of topics and answered a load of questions. His main emphasis remains health care--the necessity to expand the Medicaid program in Maine and to get the ball rolling on Medicare for All by dropping the enrollment age into the 50s.

There was generous applause on just about every topic and lots of good energy. Jared is just an excellent articulate and plainspoken guy.

It was an honor meeting him.

Let's get this done! All of us in our own way.”


From Bess:
”Hello All!

Accommodations are available for all who want to canvas in Hancock County, Maine, from now through the election. Many thanks to Vic for making this happen!
Email: strength@marchingforwardmass.com to contact Vic or Bess for more information.

Vic has just completed eight days of straight out canvassing, and I have just finished six.  We are meeting and talking to all kinds of people.  For the most part we are doing rural canvassing.  Which means we are doing a lot of driving, driving from door to door, not walking.  I feel we are making a difference, mostly with those individuals who had intended not to vote, but after a conversation with us, consider it would be important for them to vote.  Otherwise, we are educating those who intend to vote, but haven't been paying attention, getting cheered on by die hard Dems, and being given the 'No thanks,' from Trumpers.  Everyone, thus far, has been civil. 

The political ads have been heating up, with some pretty ugly, underhanded anti-Golden ones.  The worst are funded by the Congressional Leadership Fund, whose aim is to maintain Republican control of the house.  The CLF has allocated 3.1 million to this race!  They are afraid of Golden.  Also, Donald Trump, JR. is coming to Portland for an October 1st fundraising event.  I don't know how we can compete with 3.1 million, or JR, but if you have some extra change, you can donate directly to Golden through ActBlue.

Let's make a difference for Jared Golden and ME 02!”

Bess


June 12 marks the end of the Democratic primary campaign in Maine 02 with statewide elections.
The ME02 field is down to three--one dropping out for personal reasons.  Debates and public forums continue with all three still enunciating good, progressive goals and plans.

The GOP incumbent in ME02, Bruce Poliquin, has continued his streak of nastiness by voting to cut $5 billion from CHIP funding.

The district is a true swing district, with Democratic representation most of the past 30 years. Any of the three Democratic  candidates (Jared Golden,
Craig Olson, Lucas St.Clair) will do well against Poliquin in the general election.  There is no given outcome.  The district did give its one electoral vote to Donald Trump in 2016.

Seven of us met April 24 at Carole Ferguson's house to chat about the amount of time and energy we can each put in to the campaign.  We plan on taking on a variety of tasks from postcards and fundraising here in Dartmouth to days and weeks in the field in Maine

We have been in touch with the Maine Democratic Party and have been given a warm welcome.  On June 13, we will contact the winning primary candidate to offer our services and to plan our involvement in the late summer and fall.

All recruits to the ME02 team are welcome!   No level of interest or time available or willingness to travel can be too large or too small.

Contacts are Bess Coughlin and Victor Mailey.

Please join the team for Maine 02!  We promise some fun, some work (as much as you choose), and lots of comaraderie! Email us:  Strength@marchingforwardmass.com