Republican primary candidates in Maine’s 2nd District make final push to voters

Three candidates are hoping to convince voters in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District that they can unseat Democratic Representative Jared Golden. Businessman and former state representative Dale Crafts, former state senator Eric Brakey, and former press secretary to Governor LePage Adrienne Bennett had 35 extra days in their campaigns, as the pandemic pushed back the election from early June. Each echoes facets of President Donald Trump’s policies and an effort to voters in the district that went in favor of Trump by 10% in 2016.Businessman and former State Sen. Dale Crafts believes a focus on small business and 2nd Amendment rights resonates with the second district. Other parts of Crafts’ pitch include opposing efforts to defund police and arguing for a faster re-opening of the state.”I worked very hard to reopen Maine,” said Crafts. “I understand Janet’s position – she’s in a very, very tough place – but we just can’t make this, the shutdown, worse than the pandemic, and I think that’s happening.”Like Crafts, Brakey echoes a commitment to President Trump’s policies but differs from Crafts on foreign policy and military involvement. “I think that people want a genuine, America-first freedom conservative,” said Brakey. “And that’s what I represent.”Former spokesperson for Gov. Paul LePage, Adrienne Bennett says her platform mirrors the key issues raised by voters. “Constitutional rights, religious liberties, those are on the top of the list,” said Bennett. “…lowering taxes, removing some of those tariffs that President Trump has already done, looking at incentivizing business to come back.”All three candidates are hoping to defeat freshman Democratic Congressman Jared Golden, whose victory two years ago came under the first use of ranked-choice voting, the same system that will decide Tuesday’s primary.

Three candidates are hoping to convince voters in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District that they can unseat Democratic Representative Jared Golden.

Businessman and former state representative Dale Crafts, former state senator Eric Brakey, and former press secretary to Governor LePage Adrienne Bennett had 35 extra days in their campaigns, as the pandemic pushed back the election from early June.

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Each echoes facets of President Donald Trump’s policies and an effort to voters in the district that went in favor of Trump by 10% in 2016.

Businessman and former State Sen. Dale Crafts believes a focus on small business and 2nd Amendment rights resonates with the second district.

Other parts of Crafts’ pitch include opposing efforts to defund police and arguing for a faster re-opening of the state.

“I worked very hard to reopen Maine,” said Crafts. “I understand Janet’s position – she’s in a very, very tough place – but we just can’t make this, the shutdown, worse than the pandemic, and I think that’s happening.”

Like Crafts, Brakey echoes a commitment to President Trump’s policies but differs from Crafts on foreign policy and military involvement.

“I think that people want a genuine, America-first freedom conservative,” said Brakey. “And that’s what I represent.”

Former spokesperson for Gov. Paul LePage, Adrienne Bennett says her platform mirrors the key issues raised by voters.

“Constitutional rights, religious liberties, those are on the top of the list,” said Bennett. “…lowering taxes, removing some of those tariffs that President Trump has already done, looking at incentivizing business to come back.”

All three candidates are hoping to defeat freshman Democratic Congressman Jared Golden, whose victory two years ago came under the first use of ranked-choice voting, the same system that will decide Tuesday’s primary.