Jared Golden Announces Candidacy for Lewiston House District 60
Via press release:
Jared Golden announces candidacy for State House
Veteran is dedicated to continuing public service in Lewiston
Golden’s priorities are to ensure that Mainers can earn a livable wage, to expand educational opportunities for all ages, to help veterans build new careers and successful lives after service and to encourage civility and a positive outlook for Maine and the Lewiston community.
“I want to help people improve their lives and communities,” said Golden, a Leavitt Area High School and Bates College graduate. “Access to a quality education and a chance to work hard and earn a decent living are necessary for creating equal opportunities for people to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals in life.”
Golden, 31, served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. After his military service he lived in Lewiston, worked at his parent’s small business in Leeds and studied at Bates College with his Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits.
Golden is running for the House seat that is currently held by Rep. Nate Libby, who last month announced his candidacy for the State Senate. Libby is endorsing Golden for the House seat.
“Jared Golden is an accomplished public servant and is exceptionally qualified for this office,” said Libby. “He’s honest, compassionate and dedicated—I know he’ll serve Lewiston well in the Legislature.”
Former Rep. Dick Wagner, who represented the district before Libby, is serving on Golden’s campaign.
“I look forward to seeing Jared represent Lewiston in Augusta,” said Wagner. “I know he’ll bring the same dedication and energy to serving Lewiston as he did to serving our country.”
Golden has also received endorsements from Lewiston’s Sen. Margaret Craven and Reps. Mike Carey, Michel Lajoie, Peggy Rotundo and Wayne Werts.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had in life and the help I’ve received along the way,” said Golden. “I believe in giving back and I’ll work hard for the people of Lewiston.”
While earning his degree at Bates, Golden served in the Marine Corps Reserves and also volunteered at a school in Afghanistan. After Bates he returned to Afghanistan and Iraq to work in the international logistics industry.
In 2011, Golden accepted a position on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee. He most recently served as a legislative aide for Democrats in the State House where he gained experience that will enable him to advocate for Lewiston as effectively as his predecessors.