The contest for the US Senate is big-time national politics.
Jared Golden is the only Member of Congress to have been elected by Ranked Voting. He is the rare ex military newly elected Member of Congress who was an enlistee and not an officer. He is one of the even rarer Member of Congress to have been identified by the VA as having PTSD. He brings a distinctive and important voice to Congress.
Janet Mills is Maine's Attorney Genera. She is running for Governor. Janet Mills sees herself as a problem solver, even a conciliator. Notwithstanding her sojourn in California, she is no Democratic Socialist. As a state legislator, she earned an "A" rating from the NRA. As Attorney General, she earned the anger of the Penobscot Nation and liberal groups when she supported the governor and obtained a ruling that the Penobscot reservation included islands in the Penobscot River, but not the water itself. Regardless of her aspirations, Janet Mills was no problem solver as Attorney General. With LePage as governor, she had to choose between rolling over and confronting him. She chose confrontation.
Jared Golden left college to join the Marines. He served four years in Iraq and Afghanistan. His transition to civilian life was not easy. Jared Golden was discovered working in a pizza joint. A Bates College Dean talked with him and persuaded him to apply. With their help, he renewed his life. He returned to Afghanistan to teach. He worked for Senators. He ran for office and progressed in the role. Now he is running for Congress.