Lucas St. Clair launches bid to unseat Poliquin in Congress
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The man who led a successful campaign for the creation of a national monument on land his family gave to the federal government in the Katahdin region plans to run for Congress.
Democrat Lucas St. Clair announced his candidacy for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District at the Appalachian Trail Cafe in Millinocket on Monday.
The venue highlighted his family’s donation of 87,562 acres that is now Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. St. Clair said his years of experience running the campaign to create the monument was a key element in his decision to run.
“I think I’ve had a lot of experience working on jobs and thinking creatively about the 21st Century economy in rural Maine,” St. Clair said during his appearance.
If he tops a June Democratic primary field that includes five others, St. Clair would go on to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.
Poliquin has advocated aggressively against the national monument designation. St. Clair said that his frustration with Poliquin’s failure to bring more federal resources to bear on northern Maine’s problems was among his reasons for choosing to run.
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