As a neighboring swing state with similar rural and independent roots, we've identified Maine as an opportunity for Vermonters to help Democrats in Maine make inroads and gain state level offices.
+ MAINE GOAL 1: Support Democrat challenger Jared Golden for ME-02
Lean Left will focus on the Federal-level race in Maine’s Second Congressional District, which comprises much of the northern part of the state, including the cities of Lewiston-Auburn, Bangor, and Presque Isle, as well as the coastal areas around Ellsworth and Bar Harbor.
We are partnering with Swing Left and local Maine resistance groups to support Jared Golden, a state legislator and Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. After overcoming a diagnosis of PTSD after transitioning back to civilian life, he became a volunteer school teacher before serving as a staff member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for Senator Susan Collins, and was then elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2014.
His issues: Leveling the playing field for low-income constituents, defending and improving Obamacare, and combating climate change.
His opponent: Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin voted to repeal Obamacare, voted for the GOP Tax Scam, and is against women’s right to choose. He’s also taken money from the NRA and does not believe in climate change.