Campaign Season Begins to Heat Up in Maine
There are 61 days until Election Day.Campaign season is starting to heat up around the country, including here in Maine.Laura Roberts met up with candidates on campaign stops in Bangor today.Labor Day is considered the unofficial kick-off to campaign season. While the candidates have been working on their campaigns for months, now is when the general public really starts to pay attention. Maine Senate President and Republican Candidate for Maine’s Second Congressional District Kevin Raye made campaign stops in Bangor and Lewiston today. He says as a small business owner himself, he was proud to announce the National Federation of Independent Business is endorsing his campaign. “Literally 99% of our businesses here in Maine are small businesses and that’s who I want to fight for.”Meantime, former Governor and Independent Senate Candidate Angus King was in Bangor to officially open his campaign’s third office. The campaign already has offices in Presque Isle and Brunswick and King will be opening others in the Lewiston/Auburn area and in Portland next week.”It’s just giving local people a place where they can go pick up signs, bumper stickers, know that the campaign is out and being active.”Both are hoping their campaigning will give voters a clear idea of who they are and what they stand for.”The whole idea is to have a conversation with the people of Maine and to talk about what’s bothering them and what I could do as a senator to try to make their lives a little bit better.”"My argument that Maine needs a stronger voice in Washington, someone who’s willing to stand up and be recognized. Someone who’s willing to tackle the problem of Washington being so broken.”It goes without saying all of the candidates in Maine’s races have a very busy 61 days ahead of them until November 6th.Laura Roberts, WABI TV5 News, Bangor.