Raye first to turn in signatures for 2nd District run; Michaud quickly follows

AUGUSTA — Maine Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry, announced late Tuesday that he has filed the necessary nominating petition signatures to get on the June primary ballot for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race.

Raye submitted 1,500 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday, nine days before the filing deadline of March 15th. 

He is the first federal candidate to officially qualify for a race

“I am encouraged by the tremendous support my campaign has garnered since I announced my candidacy in January. Being the first candidate to qualify for the ballot is indicative of the incredible grassroots movement that is driving this campaign,” said Raye, who announced last week that he would remain in the 2nd District race instead of going after the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe.

Raye will run against sitting Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who also said last week that he would run for reelection rather than seek Snowe’s seat. Michaud turned in his signatures on Tuesday as well.