Augusta – The deadline for legislative candidates has now come and gone and House Republicans are proud to announce we will field 149 candidates for the upcoming election.
After picking up 43 new members in 2014 and winning 2 out of 3 special elections in 2015, taking a pair of seats previously held by Democrats, House Republicans have clearly captured the momentum heading into 2016. Heading into this election cycle, Republicans trail by only six seats with only two members terming out.
“The reality is that the winds are clearly blowing in our direction and the fact we are fielding 149 candidates is a direct result of a dedicated staff and a true team effort,” said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette. “Since 2010, Republicans have been working to change the status quo and reform state government. We have overseen the largest income tax cuts in Maine history, fought to reform our broken welfare system, worked to improve Maine’s business climate and bring good paying jobs to our state. The Maine people are taking notice and now we are now poised to take over the majority in the House and we can really move Maine forward.”
Our candidates represent the interests of Mainers from all walks of life including business owners; police officers; firefighters; veterans; teachers; superintendents and many more.
"The Maine people are getting behind our message of a smaller, more efficient government and less spending," said Assistant House Republican Leader Rep. Ellie Espling. "We're proud to field candidates who believe in the Republican philosophy and who we know will be responsible stewards of the Maine taxpayers' dollars."
In February, Gallup put out a report that found red states now outnumber blue states for the first time since they started tracking political leans among states. In addition, Gallup also found that Maine was one of the biggest movers to the right moving from “lean Democrat” to competitive.
Fielding 149 House candidates is a massive undertaking and one that would not have been possible without the help and support of Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett, Executive Director Jason Savage and the whole staff at the Maine Republican Party.