DISTRICT 2 – With the primary less than a week away, it’s time to learn about the Republican candidates running for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.
Adrienne Bennett, a lifelong Mainer and former press secretary for Gov. Paul LePage, is running for congress because she’s concerned where the state and nation are heading.
“I have a daughter who’s 20-years-old, and she is our future generation,” Bennett said. “Much of our youth, they are going to be leading us one day, and I want to leave us in a better place.”
Bennett believes today’s biggest issues are the pandemic and economic recovery.
“We need to hold China accountable. That’s something we are going to be talking about in the coming months,” Bennett said. “That means we’re going to be able to bring jobs back here and have more Mainers prosper. We can lower taxes, incentivize businesses.”
She supports the federal government’s response to COVID-19 but thinks the state needed to reopen faster.
“We’re still under mandates and restrictions that are still closing our businesses. That is hurting Maine,” Bennett said. “We need an administration who truly is asking our business owners and others to come to the table to be part of the solution because that hasn’t happened so far.”
As protests against racial injustices continue across the country, statues of European explorers and those with ties to slavery are being torn down.
“We can’t be tearing down statues. We can’t be looting, destroying businesses, burning down buildings. That’s not the America we want for our future,” Bennett said. “We need to understand our history and make sure that we’re not trying to erase it.”
Bennett sees a need for discussion on police reform.
“I support our law enforcement 100%, but we need to make sure that there is due process for our officers and everybody,” Bennett said.
Some school districts are considering removing school resource officers. Bennett disagrees with this.
“Often times, it is one of the first interactions that our school children have with police, and that’s a positive thing,” Bennett said. “We want to make sure that they know that our law enforcement, police officers are there to protect and defend them and be a friend to them.”
Bennett is running against Eric Brakey and Dale Crafts in the July 14 primary. The winner will face incumbent Jared Golden in November.
“We need a representative in congress who is an ally with President Trump and who’s going to be an advocate and put Mainers’ best interest in mind every step of the way,” Bennett said.