Another Democrat has jumped into the campaign to oust U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin from his seat representing Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

Jonathan Fulford of Monroe announced Wednesday that he will run against Poliquin, a Republican, if he wins the 2018 primary against at least two other Democrats. Fulford, a carpenter and farmer, has raised his political profile in the past few years with two unsuccessful campaigns for the Maine Senate against Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau of Winterport. In 2014, Thibodeau, who was an incumbent at the time, beat Fulford by just 135 votes. In 2016, Thibodeau won by 914 votes out of more than 22,000 cast.

Fulford identified public infrastructure that supports jobs, healthcare and “affordable clean energy” as his priorities.

“For too long we have provided tax cuts to the rich and to big businesses believing it would deliver the jobs, healthcare and energy we need for a better life,” said Fulford in a written statement. “That method diminished the middle class and now Maine families increasingly struggle to make ends meet.”

Fulford serves on the board of Maine AllCare, the board of Waldo County Habitat for Humanity and the Belfast Energy Committee. He has not yet officially declared his candidacy, according to the Federal Election Commission’s website. Two other Democrats, Philip Cleaves Jr. and Timothy Rich, have already entered the race.

Poliquin won his seat in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016, both times against former Maine legislator Emily Cain of Orono.

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.