Jon Courtney, the Republican candidate for Maine’s 1st District seat in the U.S. House, told the Bangor Daily News he plans to win voters to his underdog campaign “one handshake at a time.” He is taking on incumbent Chellie Pingree. Courtney, the Maine Senate majority leader, is the owner of a small business and resides in Springvale. He is serving his fourth term in the Senate, representing District 3, which includes central York County.

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U.S. House District 1

Jonathan T. E. Courtney vs. Chellie Pingree

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Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.