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Troy Jackson Announces Candidacy for Maine’s Second Congressional District
(Allagash, Maine) – Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) announced today
that he will seek Maine’s Second District Congressional seat.
“To stand up for Maine’s middle class and working families, to do more for our rural communities and public schools, to help small businesses that need fast access to sufficient capital, Maine needs a strong, clear voice in Washington,” Jackson said. “I believe I can be that voice.”
“While serving in the State legislature and in my positions of leadership, I’ve brought people together to do what’s right. I’ve tried to lead by example, to stand up for what’s equitable. Sometimes I’ve come up a vote or two short, but I’ve always come back to try again and to act responsibly and respectfully,” Jackson said.
Jackson was referring to his fight this year to expand Medicaid to 70,000 Maine people currently without health care coverage. Governor Paul LePage vetoed legislation that would have provided this Federal coverage. Jackson and LePage also took opposite positions on the bipartisan State budget, which the Governor vetoed while Jackson worked to secure enough Democratic and Republican Senators to override the veto. The budget passed with the Senate overriding the Governor’s veto by a vote of 26 to 9.
“While the Governor has been taking away opportunities for Maine people, withholding expanded Medicaid benefits that other Americans are receiving in other States, holding back bonds that will create jobs and cutting taxes on our richest residents, I’ve looked for other, pragmatic, workable ways to support hard working Maine people – they need a representative who can make government work for them,” Jackson said. “I will always work to help folks onto a ladder of success and I will never pull it out from under anyone who strives to climb every rung they possibly can.”
“Republicans in Congress have been acting just like our Governor here in Maine. I
want to bring a dose of reality and working experience to Washington. When I talk about living wages, job opportunities, education opportunities, and health care coverage, I’m speaking from my own life experience and from the experience of hard working Mainers across the state,” Jackson said.
Jackson plans to make a formal announcement and to launch his campaign with public events after Labor Day.
Troy Jackson represents Maine’s most northern Senate District – District 35. He grew up and lives in Allagash where he works as a logger. Jackson graduated from Allagash Consolidated School and from the University of Maine at Fort Kent with a business degree. Jackson lives with his partner, Lana Pelletier, and their two children, Chace and Camden.