August 26, 2013

Poliquin will seek to follow Michaud

The loyal LePage ally and ex-Maine treasurer confirms his intention to run for the 2nd District seat.

By Steve Mistler
State House Bureau

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Raye is considered a prolific fundraiser and his connections within the party would make him a formidable opponent.

Republican candidates also include Blaine Richardson of Belfast and state Rep. Alex Willette of Mapleton, the assistant House minority leader. Former state Sen. Richard Rosen of Bucksport is rumored to be weighing a run.

Like Raye, Rosen was a legislative leader and is experienced in raising money for statewide races.

Former House Republican leader Josh Tardy, now a lobbyist, considered a run for the 2nd District but confirmed Monday that he's not entering the race.

Tardy said he made his decision for "personal reasons," while he is busy running two businesses and coaching basketball.

"I did the due diligence, like any candidate who is considering something like this should," he said. "If I was going to be in, I would be all in."

Sen. Emily Cain of Orono, Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash and Alden Smith of Sangerville have announced their candidacies for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District.

The 2014 governor's race is poised to get the most attention in Maine, but national interests are already focusing on the 2nd District race. Democrats have held the seat since 1995.

Ian Prior, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, released a statement recently saying Michaud's entry in the governor's race further doomed Democrats' already dim chances of retaking the U.S. House in 2014.

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