Augusta – Every Senate district in the state of Maine will have a Republican candidate for the 2016 election. The deadline to turn in the required number of signatures to appear on the ballot was 5 PM today, March 15th.
“I am pleased to announce that Republican candidates will be running to represent Mainers from Kittery to Fort Kent, “said Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau. “I am particularly impressed with the caliber of each of our candidates who will be on the ballot - both our incumbents and our political newcomers. When you consider what they bring to the table, I believe we won’t only hold our majority in the State Senate, we will build upon it, and that’s good news for all Mainers.”
“There is great enthusiasm across Maine for Republican principles of small, responsible government, and respect for working, taxpaying Mainers. The people who have stepped up to run, all across the state, know firsthand how government policies affect their families, their local employers, and their entire community. They are eager to work for solutions, and we look forward to having them in Augusta to do so,” said Senator Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), the Senate Majority Leader.
Added Senator Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot), the Assistant Senate Majority Leader, “I look forward to building on the Senate Republicans’ 2014 successes. It is clear Mainers are supportive of the work we have done, and will continue to do, at the State House. We have a talented and experienced slate of incumbents who are running, as well as farmers, business owners, veterans, and law enforcement officials who are stepping up to work for their friends and neighbors in Augusta.”
In addition to the sixteen incumbent Senators running for re-election, the slate of candidates for the Senate Republican seats includes: the retiring police chief of Eliot and Kittery, a Delta Air Lines pilot, two Aroostook County farmers, the current State Representative from Calais, a former Lewiston police chief who is now a business owner, a former State Senator and business owner, and two respected Bangor area attorneys.
Senate Republicans currently hold the majority in the Maine Senate, with twenty seats.