First Candidate to Submit Petitions for Any of the Major Races
AUGUSTA – Today, in the aftermath of a snow storm, Alden Smith’s campaign for U.S. Congress submitted the signatures required to qualify for the ballot for the June 10 primary. Catherine Ranks certified the signatures and issued the candidate petition receipt making Mr. Smith the first candidate on the ballot for any of the major races including Senate, Congress, and Governor.
According to Evan Sposato, Field Director for the Smith campaign, signatures were collected from registered Democratic voters representing all 11 counties in the district. “The speed with which the signatures were collected demonstrates a widespread grassroots support for Alden across Maine’s Second District,” Mr. Sposato said. “The signatures were collected by Alden, 19 volunteers and 1 paid staffer. We would have submitted the signatures yesterday but the office was closed do to weather.”
When asked Alden Smith added,
.“I am honored to have critical early support from so many people who share my vision for the future of Maine’s Second Congressional District. Everyday across this district, I meet Mainers who know we need to continue to have a strong advocate in Washington D.C. for our families, friends and neighbors, no matter where they live in this state”
On Friday January 31, 2014 Dr William Moomaw endorsed Alden Smith for Maine’s Second Congressional District. Dr Moomaw, an international expert on man made climate change gave his endorsing speech at the Senator Inn in Augusta before a small, intimate group of Smith supporters and state environmentalists.
William Moomaw is the co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work as lead author on five United Nations Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change reports, most recently as a coordinating lead author of the newest report on the role of renewable energy in addressing climate change. He is former director of Fletcher's Center for International Environment and Resource Policy and currently serves on the Boards of several organizations that work on climate change, conservation, and consensus building. Dr Moomaw’s scholarly and policy research focuses on mitigation and adaptation to climate change, forestry, energy, and water policy. He has prepared policy papers for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat. He is currently working on a book on forest diplomacy.
“I have tried very hard to let the science speak for itself. I did not want to polarize the issue. But then I realize that Man Made Climate Change is political. So I have no choice but to get involved with electing people to Congress who understand the challenges we face and how important it is that we deal with the issues around man made climate change. This is my first political endorsement”, said Dr Moomaw. When asked Mr. Smith said, “I am proud that Dr Moomaw has given me his first ever political endorsement. When people talk about climate change effecting future generations they are talking about my generation. We must face head on the complexities of solving all the issues with man made climate change.”
Alden Smith is a Roosevelt Democrat who represents the next generation of leadership for Maine. Born and raised in Sangerville, he's a Navy veteran - not a political insider – who is honest and forthright about the hard work it will take to fix the problems this country is facing. You can learn more about his campaign at aldensmithforcongress.com. The campaign can be reached at 207-430-8235.
My name is Alden Smith, I’m a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Maine’s 2nd District Open-Seat race.
I want to thank you for joining me here today and introducing me to your friends and neighbors. While in the Navy I kept the memories of my youth close at heart and it feels good to be coming home. I want to thank you for welcoming me back into the strong communities that set Maine apart from other parts of this country, local communities that put responsibility ahead of self-interest.