Jared Golden

Maine Public


Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

Democrats Rally Behind Candidate Jared Golden

Jun 28, 2018
A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Democrats from across the state's 2nd Congressional District gathered in Bangor this Thursday to show united support for state Rep. Jared Golden.

The Lewiston Democrat was declared the district's primary winner under Maine's ranked-choice voting system with 54 percent of the vote, and he will face the two-term Republican incumbent Congressman Bruce Poliquin.

Golden said Poliquin's opposition to Medicaid expansion and his reluctance to engage in public discussions on issues of concern to voters should be a sign that it's time for a change.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Jared Golden has won the Democratic nomination for Maine's Second Congressional District Race. The Maine Secretary of State's office made the announcement Wednesday evening after the results from ranked-choice voting catapulted Golden into a clear majority, which he fell just short of on election night.

Golden garnered 49 percent of the the vote on election night, giving him a strong lead over runner-up Lucas St. Clair's 41 percent. After the ranked-choice voting count, Golden sealed his victory, with 54 percent of the vote compared to St. Clair's 45 percent.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Jared Golden ended his night on Tuesday with the lead in the three-way race for Democratic nomination in Maine's Second District Congressional race. He eventually sent supporters in Lewiston home around midnight, unable to declare any kind of victory.

Golden ended the evening by telling supporters at the Franco Center in Lewiston that he hoped to carry his lead and earn the right to face off against incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin in the fall.

Tuesday, June 5 at 2:00 pm

Between now and Thursday, June 7, Maine Public Radio will present a series of special Your Vote 2018 primary candidate profiles in our 2 o’clock hour. On June 12, Maine voters will choose Democratic and Republican nominees for governor, and the Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

Democratic state Rep. Jared Golden is one of three candidates vying to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

Golden is currently serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives, where he is now the assistant majority leader. Golden is a military veteran who served for four years in the U.S. Marines, with deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bates College.

Maine Public’s Mal Leary opened the interview by asking Golden what sets him apart from his two Democratic challengers:

Steve Mistler / Maine Public/file

Democratic congressional candidate Jared Golden says rival candidate Lucas St. Clair should tell the secretive group running ads on his behalf to disclose its donors.

St. Clair's campaign has said it doesn't know who's behind the Maine Outdoor Alliance, which has booked over $300,000 of television ad time to run spots that feature St. Clair's work to create the Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

But Golden says St. Clair can persuade the group to reveal its funders because incorporation documents show the group is run by the best man at his wedding.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Democratic State Rep. Jared Golden, of Lewiston, announced Thursday that he’s running for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

Golden, 34, is the assistant majority leader in the Maine House of Representatives, where he is in the middle of his second term.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Marines, serving four years with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Legislative Update

Jun 5, 2017

The end is in sight for the current legislative session.  We’ll hear from leaders from each party on the work left to be done, as well as progress on budget negotiations, the status of education funding, the proposed mental health step-down facility, and more. 

Guests:  Andre Cushing, Assistant Senate Majority Leader, R- Newport

Jared Golden, Assistant House Majority Leader, D-Lewiston

Maine Legislative Update

Apr 3, 2017

The latest news out of Augusta. We’ll speak to leaders from both sides of the aisle as the legislative session continues to address the budget, taxes, the opioid crisis, and more.


Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Newport, assistant Senate majority leader

Rep. Jared Golden, D- Lewiston, assistant House majority Leader