Stories about Kevin Raye

Occupation: Mustard mill owner

Family: Wife, Karen

Experience: Senate Republican Leader (2008-present); Maine State Senator (2004-Present); Chief of Staff to U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (1994-2001); District Director for U.S. Rep. Olympia Snowe (1983-1994)

Top three priorities: (1) Encourage job growth by reining in taxes and reducing Maine’s regulatory burden; (2) Establish common sense fiscally-responsible spending priorities; and (3) Fix a flawed education funding formula that is unfair to rural students and drives up property taxes. In pursuing these goals, I feel a special responsibility to continue working to change the dynamics that have caused the Down East area to lag behind economically for generations.

Bruce Poliquin, former state treasurer, gets excited at Dysart's on Broadway in Bangor after checking early results during the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary.

GOP’s Bruce Poliquin wins 2nd Congressional District primary

By Christopher Cousins on June 10, 2014, at 9:14 p.m.
BANGOR | Former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin of Oakland has won the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary, according to an analysis of election tallies by the Bangor Daily News. The win marked Poliquin’s first successful campaign after he lost the GOP gubernatorial primary in 2010 and the party’s U.S. …
Former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin of Oakland attends the Maine Republican Convention at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor recently.

Kevin Raye says Bruce Poliquin’s pledge not to raise taxes ‘not responsible’ in Republican 2nd District debate

By Nell Gluckman on May 14, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
BREWER | One of the Republican candidates for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat promised never to support raising taxes if elected, while the other said he couldn’t make such a commitment. During their debate on Wednesday morning, Bruce Poliquin criticized Kevin Raye for not signing a pledge stating he …
Richard Rosen

Richard Rosen to join growing field of Republicans seeking Maine congressional seat

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 29, 2013, at 5:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The list of Republicans running for Maine’s 2nd District U.S. House seat grew Thursday when former state Sen. Richard Rosen told the Bangor Daily News he intends to seek the seat. Rosen joins another high-profile former Senate Republican, Kevin Raye of Perry, who told the Bangor Daily …
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe speaks with reporters at the Capitol after she delivered her farewell address. At left is Christopher Averill, Snowe's communications director, and behind her to the right is Scott Ogden, her deputy press secretary.

Maine’s political surprises of 2012

By Robert Long on Dec. 21, 2012, at 2:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | ’Tis the season to consider surprises. So instead of focusing on who keeps delivering those odd Secret Santa gifts, let’s shift into reflection mode to consider the political surprises of 2012. The biggest surprise is no surprise. When U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced in late February …
Maine Aero Services aviation technician Ben Doughty (left) explains his job to U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (right) and Maine Senate President Kevin Raye (center) on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at the Bangor International Airport. Snowe joined Raye on Monday as he campaigned for Mike Michaud's U.S. Congressional seat.

Olympia Snowe campaigns for Kevin Raye in Bangor, Lewiston

By Sun Journal on Oct. 22, 2012, at 7:12 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe is campaigning in Maine for her former longtime aide, Kevin Raye, in his bid for Congress. Raye is running as the Republican candidate against five-term incumbent Democrat Mike Michaud for the state’s 2nd Congressional District. “He is a consensus builder,” Snowe said of …
Maine Senate President Kevin Raye answers questions during the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce debate in Bangor on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.

Mike Michaud, Kevin Raye spar on economy in Bangor debate

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 16, 2012, at 7:10 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud portrayed himself as an experienced battler of Beltway gridlock who wants voters to return him to his 2nd Congressional District seat to build upon his many successes. Kevin Raye etched himself as a Washington outsider, a conciliator in the mold of his political …
Mike Michaud

Michaud, Raye nearly even in third-quarter fundraising

By Matthew Stone on Oct. 15, 2012, at 4:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA | U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and state Senate President Kevin Raye, his Republican challenger, posted nearly identical fundraising figures during the third quarter, with the Democratic incumbent raising just $6,000 more than Raye, according to fundraising totals released by each campaign. Michaud, a Democrat running for a sixth …
Mike Michaud

Mike Michaud should pull ‘attack ad,’ Kevin Raye campaign claims

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 12, 2012, at 7:39 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | Republican challenger Kevin Raye urged U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Friday to pull an “attack ad” that Raye’s campaign claims is false, misleading and “smacks of hypocrisy and cynical political opportunism.” The advertisement is “a misleading and hypocritical attack, complete with fake photos, [and] is proof …
Republican Kevin Raye and Democrat Mike Michaud debate in 2002 during the candidates' first runs for the 2nd District congressional seat. Now, Raye and Michaud are facing off again, but this time Michaud has more of an advantage

What would it take for Pingree or Michaud to lose?

By Robert Long on Oct. 05, 2012, at 1:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In 1916, Republican Wallace H. White Jr. defeated fellow Lewiston resident Daniel J. McGillicuddy to wrest Maine’s 2nd District seat in the U.S. House away from the Democratic incumbent. That’s the last time an incumbent in Maine’s 2nd District lost a re-election bid. For perspective, Maine had …
Maine Senate President Kevin Raye in May 2012.

Kevin Raye faults Mike Michaud for declining County debate

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 01, 2012, at 6:33 p.m.
Maine Senate President Kevin Raye wants to debate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in Aroostook County on Oct. 17, but Michaud says no, the 2nd Congressional District challenger said Monday. The Republican from Perry criticized Michaud’s refusal, saying it contradicts statements the East Millinocket Democrat made during his party’s state convention …
Candidate for U.S. Congress Kevin Raye and his supporters march in the Bar Harbor Fourth of July parade.

Raye wins endorsement; Michaud a predicted victor in 2nd District

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 21, 2012, at 6:43 p.m.
Maine 2nd Congressional District challenger Kevin Raye secured what his campaign calls a key endorsement even as a self-described independent, nonpartisan election analyst predicted his opponent, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, would win re-election in November. Both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Cook Political Report boast success rates with …
Mike Michaud

Two polls show same-sex marriage contest tightening

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 20, 2012, at 11:10 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The contest surrounding a ballot measure that asks voters whether they favor legalizing same-sex marriage appears to be tightening, according to two new polls released Thursday that are the first public surveys on the subject since June. In addition, one of the polls — conducted by the …
Maine Senate President Kevin Raye in May 2012.

Meet Kevin Raye: 2nd District challenger talks growing up with 7 brothers in Down East Maine

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 18, 2012, at 6:33 a.m.
Kevin Raye considers himself lucky to have attended Bates College after growing up in Washington County, which is consistently one of Maine’s poorest counties. “I had seven brothers,” Raye says. “I was the seventh of eight boys. And, I think when you grow up in a big family like that, …
Candidate for U.S. Congress Kevin Raye and his supporters march in the Bar Harbor Fourth of July.

Meet Kevin Raye: Candidate recalls meeting Olympia Snowe as a teenager

By Troy R. Bennett on Sept. 14, 2012, at 1:42 p.m.
Kevin Raye counts Olympia Snowe as one of the biggest influences in his political life. He first met the then mostly unknown Snowe as she got ready to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat Raye now seeks himself. She visited him in Eastport when he was 16 years old …
Kevin Raye and his supporters march in the 2012 Bar Harbor Fourth of July parade.

Kevin Raye’s first TV ad introduces him to 2nd District voters

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 12, 2012, at 7:05 p.m.
He’s probably the best-known challenger yet to compete for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s seat, but Maine Senate President Kevin Raye still introduces himself to 2nd Congressional District voters in his first television ad of the 2012 campaign. The 32-second spot describes the Republican from Perry as a problem-solving leader and …
Kevin Raye

Kevin Raye raises more money than Mike Michaud over five-week period

By Matthew Stone on July 16, 2012, at 6:40 p.m.
Kevin Raye outraised incumbent Rep. Mike Michaud during the latest five-week fundraising period, a milestone the Republican’s campaign is pointing to as a sign that it’s gaining momentum in the race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Raye, the Maine Senate president, collected $165,000 in campaign contributions between May 24 and …
Supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the court's ruling was announced.

Court ruling leaves deep MaineCare cuts in question

By Jackie Farwell on June 28, 2012, at 7:08 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to let states opt out of the federal health reform law’s sweeping expansion of Medicaid revived uncertainty Thursday over the LePage administration’s planned cuts to health coverage for poor Mainers. MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, provides health insurance to low-income residents. President Barack Obama’s landmark …
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, speaks at the Maine Republican Convention at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Olympia Snowe connections run deep for GOP candidates Charlie Summers, Kevin Raye

By CLARKE CANFIELD, The Associated Press on June 16, 2012, at 12:30 p.m.
PORTLAND | Outgoing Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe isn’t running for another term, but her imprint will still be seen in this year’s general election campaign in two GOP congressional candidates. Charlie Summers, who won Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary, was Snowe’s state director from 1995 to 2004. Kevin Raye, who …
Maine 2nd District Republican candidate Kevin Raye is greeted by supporters at his primary election watch party at the Ramada Inn in Bangor on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

Kevin Raye wins GOP nomination in 2nd District, prepares for rematch against Mike Michaud

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 12, 2012, at 10:04 p.m.
BANGOR | The fight to represent the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River will be a rematch. As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, Maine Senate President Kevin Raye held a wide lead over Blaine Richardson of Belfast, 16,049 votes to 10,453, for the Republican nomination in the 2nd …
Rep. Mike Michaud

Michaud tops 2nd congressional candidates with $809,000 raised

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2012, at 1:26 p.m.
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud leads his Republican 2nd Congressional District opponents in fundraising by a wide margin, according to campaign finance data released Friday. Michaud raised $809,400 to Republican Kevin Raye’s $152,476 and GOP candidate Blaine Richardson’s $554, the candidates’ quarterly Federal Election Commission filings state. Michaud has …
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