Lewiston Conservative heads into 2nd District congressional race


Jordan Borrowman, an independent from Lewiston, hopes to topple U.S. Representative Jared Golden next year. Steve Collins / Journal of the Sun

LEWISTON – Since declaring his intention to run against two-term U.S. Representative Jared Golden this spring, Jordan Borrowman has said on social media that “traitor” President Joe Biden “has made his way to in the White House ”and“ completely destroy America. “

But the 35-year-old’s contempt includes many other politicians as well.

Borrowman, an independent from Lewiston, said Republicans are weak and Democrats are tyrannical. He expressed his distaste for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and denounced US Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, as a career politician who has been in Washington for so long that she has “forgotten what. it is’ to represent his state.

In a high-profile interview recently, Golden, a Democrat from Lewiston, was about the only politician who did not incur the wrath of his longtime challenger.

Borrowman said he was targeting Golden’s headquarters because “he’s in the district I’m in.”

There is only one other active challenger to Golden, who is running for re-election in 2022: State Representative Michael Perkins, a three-term Republican from Oakland, where he is also chairman of the city council.

Borrowman said he is in the contest to stay and plans to file the required petition next year to land a spot on the priority ballot. Once he did, he said, “anything is possible.”

“I know this is an uphill battle,” he said, but he plans to speak to voters across the sprawling district in the hopes of sparking a popular revolt that could propel him and his little-known competitor. as Governor Shane Drake, an ally, to victory.

Borrowman, a native of Los Angeles who moved to Lewiston two years ago, said major political parties spend their time bickering instead of working for a better America. Each of them, he said, “sort of went astray.”

He said he never dreamed of becoming a politician, but felt compelled to run for office because he wanted to protect the Constitution and “make sure people are taken care of.”

Borrowman, who works for an interstate cleaning and janitorial services company, said he realized last year that it’s not enough to just complain about the issues people face. He said it had occurred to him one day to run for office.

Initially, he said, he planned to run for a county commission seat, but got involved too late to complete the required signature collection, so he didn’t.

As he mulled over his options, Borrowman said, he considered running for state office, but ultimately decided the US House race in the conservative-leaning 2nd District was his best. alternative, especially since so many congressional races are one-sided affairs with but certain results. The Golden district is among the most divided.

Borrowman said he was conservative, but open to new ideas.

He said he was sure there was fraud in the last presidential election, but “I can’t say it was stolen,” as former President Donald has repeatedly claimed Trump without providing any evidence.

“I don’t think it’s good for him to go out and say that,” Borrowman said, “but I’m not going to condemn him for saying that.”

Borrowman said the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and “did bad things” are criminals, but insisted that many Trump fans who demonstrated outside the building did nothing wrong and should not be lumped together with those who did.

He said he didn’t like Biden and didn’t think he could help the country.

But, he said, he hopes as an American that the president succeeds “and makes me feel stupid” for doubting him.

Borrowman, a high school graduate, is divorced and has two children, a 15 year old in California and a 1 year old who is with him in Maine.

He said he moved to Lewiston to be with his girlfriend, who had found employment in the area.

“It’s home now,” he said. “I like him very much here.”

Golden won the Sprawling District in 2018 by defeating U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican from Oakland, in one of the nation’s closest races. Golden was re-elected last year by a wider margin against Lisbon Republican Dale Crafts.

Bangor Republicans Peggy Sheriff and Michael Sutton filed papers to challenge Golden in 2022, but both later said they would not show up after all.

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