Raye Files Nomination Petitions

Former Maine Senate President Kevin Raye on Friday morning became the first Republican candidate to file the certified nomination petitions necessary to be placed on the June Primary ballot.  A representative of the Raye campaign delivered the petitions to the Secretary of State’s office at 9:00 a.m.

 “I am thankful for all of the volunteer supporters who helped collect signatures around the district,” said Raye.  “The work of grassroots volunteers made it possible, and I am excited to continue to bring my positive message to the voters of the 2nd District.”

 A poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies in November showed Raye holding a commanding lead in the GOP Primary and a double-digit lead over both major Democrats in a General Election match-up.  Raye led Sen. Emily Cain (D-Orono) 45%-31% and led Sen. Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) 45%-30%.  The poll showed that Raye’s primary opponent trails both Democrats.

In addition, Raye recently received the endorsement of the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), representing the support of a wide cross-section of American business.  BIPAC is considered the “gold standard” endorsement by the nation’s business community.

 Kevin Raye and his wife Karen own and operate Raye’s Mustard Mill in Eastport, a fourth-generation small family business.  He served four terms in the Maine Senate, where he was elected first as Senate Republican Leader and then as President of the Senate.  Previously, he ran Congresswoman Olympia Snowe’s offices across the Second Congressional District and went on to serve as Snowe’s Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate.