By Hayley Miller
FREEPORT, Maine (Huffington Post) — Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon has officially jumped into the state’s U.S. Senate race, joining two other Democrats in their quest to unseat Republican Susan Collins.
She’d been expected to announce her run after the scheduled June 19 close of Maine’s legislative session, several sources told HuffPost earlier this month.
″Whether it’s been on the town council, as a state representative or as Maine’s speaker of the House, I’ve learned that if you listen and if you are willing to work with others, it’s still possible to get things done,” Gideon said in a video announcing her campaign on Monday, June 24.
On June 24, she Tweeted, “I’m running against Susan Collins for U.S. Senate because Mainers deserve a senator who will always put our state first. Let’s build this campaign together. Will you join us?”
Gideon, the daughter of an Indian immigrant father and a second-generation Armenian American mother, has served in the Maine House of Representatives since 2012, representing the towns of Freeport and Pownal.