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.
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.