BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — One of the driving forces in the successful push to bring a new national monument to Maine is now setting his sights on Congress.
Lucas St. Clair announced his candidacy for Maine's Second Congressional District Monday afternoon in Bangor. The seat is currently held by Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican. St. Clair is a Democrat and the sixth person to announce they are running.
"I believe in our state, I believe in our people and the hard work and ingenuity that sets us apart," St. Clair said to a room of supporters. "If you can't fix something yourself, you probably know someone who can -- we need that same attitude in Washington."
St. Clair says the people he met while working on making the national monument a reality inspired him to run. Many people he spoke with are not satisfied with how Congressman Bruce Poliquin has addressed their concerns. He says he wants to focus on healthcare and creating good jobs. Promising to to remain transparent -- criticizing Congressman Poliquin for dodging tough questions.
"I can't promise you that it will always be easy, but I can promise you three things," St. Clair said. "I will always tell you the truth, I will work everyday to make sure that you get a fair shake and no matter the issue you will know where I stand."
A Poliquin campaign spokesman was quick to respond to St. Clair's announcement, saying becoming a politician is just part of St. Clair's next life quest. The statement went on to say St. Clair is registered to vote in Portland and doesn't even reside in the second district -- calling him out of touch.
St. Clair is the son of Roxanne Quimby. She is a co-founder of the Burt's Bees company. Quimby donated the 87,000 acres of land that became the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Throughout the approval process for the monument, St. Clair often served as spokesperson for his family and the project.