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Former Senate President Kevin Raye To Seek Open 2nd District Seat - Sep. 12, 2013

PERRY -- Vowing to work to fix a broken Washington, former Senate President Kevin Raye (R-Perry) has filed the necessary papers with the Federal Election Commission to officially become a candidate for Maine's open Second Congressional District seat.

Raye owns and operates Raye's Mustard Mill in Eastport along with his wife Karen, and was elected in 2004 to the first of four terms in the Maine Senate. In 2008, he was elected as Senate Republican Leader and was unanimously elected to serve as Maine's 114th Senate President from 2010-2012.

In a press release Thursday, Raye said, "it's crucial that Republicans nominate a candidate who will have the broad appeal necessary to win, and the ability to hit the ground running for Maine.

He lost to Congressman Mike Michaud for the seat in two previous bids.

Raye will be challenged by Republican former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and former Navy officer Blaine Richardson of Belfast.

Democratic Sen. Emily Cain of Orono, Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash and Alden Smith of Sangerville are also seeking to fill Michaud's seat.