Maine Democrats have important goals in the mid-term elections this year, and replacing secretive Second District Rep. Bruce Poliquin is high on the list.

Poliquin, we all know, has been a sturdy conservative Republican, voting for repeal of the Affordable Care Act and supporting President Donald Trump’s regressive tax plan, among other offenses to common sense. He has literally run away from reporters lest he say something that would offend a constituent. He is a major beneficiary of special interests, most notably the NRA. And he has had sketchy dealings with local taxes despite being a Wall Street millionaire.

Jonathan Fulford, on the other hand, has a clear and concise political agenda — good jobs and expanded investment in infrastructure to support them, universal health care, and clean energy to combat climate change. He is a problem solver and a hands-on worker. He is open and transparent. He is one of the few candidates nationally who won’t accept money from corporate PACs and special interests.

A longtime resident of Waldo County, he reflects the solid values and openness to change that have made the area an impressive model for careful economic development and welcoming new people and ideas.

Democrats in the Second District have a tough choice in the June primaries, with a handful of good candidates. But just think of what you don’t like about Bruce Poliquin, and a vote for Fulford will make perfect sense. I’m in a hurry to cast mine.

Jay Davis

Belfast


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