Just another day for unopposed candidates

Posted June 08, 2010, at 9:55 p.m.

Jason Levesque wishes all of his elections could be as easy as his first.

“I feel pretty confident about my chances today, but let’s not jinx it,” he said wryly.

Like his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, the Republican challenger in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.

For both, Tuesday was just another day. Levesque, who lives in Auburn and has been campaigning for a year, had six stops in Auburn, Lewiston, Poland and Waterville. Michaud traveled to Washington, D.C., where he met with constituents and planned to participate in some congressional votes later Tuesday night.

Today, Michaud will participate in House committee hearings on changes within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and on BP’s legal responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, his office said.

Levesque will attend a Waterville Chamber of Commerce breakfast and five private meetings, he said. A political newcomer, Levesque said he was working hard to acquaint voters with himself and his message.

Since his campaign’s start, Levesque said he has traveled about 43,000 miles within the district’s 27,326 square miles. He said he has already raised more than double the money raised by Michaud’s two previous GOP challengers. He declined to name figures.

“I am bringing a fresh approach to government,” Levesque said. “People, regardless of their political affiliation, want change. There will be a lot of change in November. A lot of change is happening now.”

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