On 29, July, 2015 Bangor City Councilman Joe Baldacci declared he will be running for Congress. photo by Ramona du HouxThe former Bangor mayor, Joe Baldacci faces former state senator Emily Cain in the Democratic primary. If he wins he will be debating US Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who defeated Cain in her previous attempted at the House seat.
According to a Public Policy Polling survey covering more than 1,000 people in the district from April 16 to 19, the baseline question showed him “in a statistical dead heat” with Poliquin.This statement is from his website:
Dear Fellow Mainers,
Today, I officially filed to be your next Representative to Congress for the 2nd District of Maine.
These decisions are never easy. I am not a multi-millionaire, former Wall Street banker. I’m a small business owner and City Councilman who still needs to work to provide for my family as well as honor the commitments I have to the people of the city of Bangor.In making this decision I had to ask a lot of questions to myself, my family and the residents of the 2nd District. At the end of the day it came down to these two:
1. "Are our political leaders truly representing the people and values that I was brought up with here in Maine?"
2. "Do they know, care or ever lived the issues that all my neighbors, friends, and fellow citizens have been facing all of our lives?"
Unfortunately the answer was a resounding “NO!"Our current leadership is more concerned with ideology, special interest, and Wall Street values than representing the people of the 2nd District.
Putting the over 100,000 seniors in our district in peril by trying to Privatize Social Security and Medicare, is not fighting for Maine values.
Disrespecting the sacrifice of the almost 60,000 veterans of this district by blocking funding of the Veterans Administration, is not fighting for Maine values.
Votes against fishermen, the environment, health care, and public schools, all of the things that can, and do make our home great, is not fighting for Maine values.
There has become a huge and disturbing gap between Maine’s performance in recent years and what I see as Maine’s unlimited potential. A Representative that fights for, recognizes and encourages the very best in all of us, should be a first step in helping turn the mindset of this state around. I will be that Representative for you.I am the only candidate who was born and lived his whole life in Maine. I am not a Wall Street Republican or a Washington Democrat.
I am a life-long Mainer who wants to go to Washington to make sure that all of us get a fair shake from our government; that people without wealth or power can be heard and helped, and that our government and our country can work for all of us.