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Levesque submits signatures

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Second Congressional District challenger Jason Levesque, a 35-year-old Republican from Auburn, discusses his candidacy during a recent stop at Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY NICK SAMBIDES JR.
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

Voters will find 2nd Congressional District challenger Jason Levesque’s name on the ballot for the June 8 primary, he said Thursday.

The presumptive Republican nominee, Levesque said he submitted 1,114 signatures from residents in 124 towns in the district’s 10 counties to the Secretary of State’s Office in Augusta on Thursday. The deadline for candidate petitions is Monday. Geographically, the 2nd District is the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River.

“We took our time and did it right. We had zero signatures rejected, not one,” Levesque said Thursday.

A minimum of 1,000 signatures and a maximum of 1,500 are needed to get on the ballot, according to the Secretary of State’s Office, which still must officially certify Levesque’s signatures.

As he doesn’t expect a challenge from within his own party, Levesque said he would be the GOP candidate to oppose Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud of Millinocket on the November ballot.

An Auburn resident and owner of an Internet marketing firm, the 35-year-old Levesque said he has been campaigning in the district for eight months and has raised slightly more than $100,000, almost all in individual contributions.

Levesque said the time spent campaigning and the amount of money raised measure how involved campaigns have become, not voters’ discontent with Michaud.

“It is more of an indicator that people believe in my message,” Levesque said. “It’s not about party affiliation. It’s about getting the right mix to do the people’s work.”

The $100,000 is also more than either of Michaud’s previous GOP challengers raised in individual contributions during their entire campaigns, Levesque said.

The acceptance of all the signatures, Levesque said, is a demonstration of his and his staff’s commitment to propriety and accountability in all matters.

A political newcomer, Levesque said he has made more than 70 trips in the district to acquaint himself with voters and their issues since June. He visited Maine Maritime Academy and Castine on Wednesday and plans to take this weekend off from campaigning to celebrate his son Ethan’s fourth birthday before resuming on Monday.

“From this point on, it is going to be this campaign for every single day save a child’s birthday,” Levesque said. “We are going to be meeting people.”

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