Poliquin buys house in Orrington ahead of Congress in 2022

By Jessica Piper, formerly American Bangor Daily News staff member

By Jessica Piper, Bangor Daily News Team

Former U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin bought a home in Orrington this fall ahead of a likely 2022 rematch with Rep. Jared Golden.

The Waterville native announced his intention to run again in the 2nd Congressional District earlier this year. He bought a two-bedroom, 1,600-square-foot home in the County town of Penobscot in early October for $ 310,000, according to property records.

Poliquin, a Republican, said this fall he planned to move to the Bangor area, citing its geographic centrality within the sprawling 2nd Arrondissement. He already left Oakland when he was first elected to headquarters in 2014 and also owns a waterfront home in the 1st District city of Georgetown.

He was narrowly ousted by Golden, a Democrat, in 2018 in Maine’s first general election decided by preferential vote. But 2022 appears to be a more domestic environment for Republicans, who have made Golden a prime target in their efforts to regain control of the US House. The race has already attracted significant external expenditure.

The former congressman has to go through an overcrowded Republican primary first, though he remains the overwhelming frontrunner, having raised nearly $ 900,000 at the end of September. State Representative Mike Perkins, R-Oakland, announced last week that he would drop out of the race due to health concerns following a COVID-19 infection. Caratunk manager Liz Caruso and political newcomers Garrett Swazey from Bangor and Sean Joyce from Newburgh have also applied.

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