Republican Mike Soboleski Announces Campaign for Congress in Maine’s Second District

73rd District’s State Representative Vows to be a Conservative Fighter for Maine

Augusta, ME – Today, 73rd District State Representative Mike Soboleski announced his candidacy to challenge Congressman Jared Golden in Maine’s Second District.

“The radical policies of Joe Biden and his enabler-in-chief Jared Golden have left Maine families behind.  Today, our southern border remains a free-for-all and a humanitarian crisis. Our parents continue to see their rights eroded, and Mainers struggle to make ends meet under the failed economic policies of Joe Biden and Jared Golden.   After weeks talking to and listening to residents across the second district and Maine, I’ve made the decision to challenge Jared Golden.  Washington is broken, in Congress I will be a conservative fighter for Mainers.”

ABOUT MIKE:

Mike Soboleski is a born and raised Mainer and a lifelong conservative.  Like so many Mainers, he has experienced both victories and setbacks, yet he has consistently persevered throughout his life.

One of seven children, Mike was raised in a two-bedroom house without indoor plumbing. This early experience instilled in Mike a deep sense of resiliency and an unshakable determination to rise above adversity and to fight for what he believes in. After graduating from Gardiner Area High School, Mike felt a strong call to serve his country, so he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, achieving the rank of Corporal. 

Mike served with distinction stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina and was meritoriously promoted after basic training, then was meritoriously promoted again after Military Occupational Specialty training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he eventually become the acting legal officer for the battalion handling legal and disciplinary matters. In the Marines, Mike learned discipline, teamwork, and the value of self-confidence which he believes is sorely lacking in today’s America. After his service to our nation, Mike attended the University of Maine at Machias on the GI Bill.

Mike successfully started and grew a successful small business in Maine – selling and servicing fitness equipment – Mike’s clients included 44 Fitness Centers, Colleges, and High Schools across Maine and New Hampshire. After selling the company he took a position as a salesman for Puritan Pontiac, GMC, Isuzu eventually becoming a lead sales manager.

Later Mike went on to turn a hobby into a lasting career – becoming an actor, stuntman, precision and stunt driver, and feature performer. As an actor Mike performed in 803 projects, including 643 episodes of 52 different television series, 106 feature films, and 54 commercials and Public Service Announcements including The World Trade Center Memorial Fund and The NY Police and Firefighters Widows and Orphans Fund.  Some of Mike’s notable credits include feature films like “The Departed”, “War of the Worlds”, “Anger Management”, and “World Trade Center,” as well as recurring roles in “Law and Order SVU” and “Third Watch.” Mike is a 25-year member of the Screen Actors Guild labor union.

Mike was living and working in New York City as an actor on September 11, 2001 when our nation was attacked.  While many were running away from Ground Zero, Mike was running towards it.  Relying on search and rescue training he received while a US Marine, Mike joined a team of volunteer First Responders and was assigned to a NYPD Emergency Services Unit – searching the dangerous disaster zone for survivors, and sadly, remains.  Mike lost friends on 9/11 and has never forgotten their names, faces, and sacrifices. Like many responders, Mike suffered both short and long-term health effects – later Mike joined others in a grassroots effort to advocate for the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act, providing support for 9/11 survivors and families. He was injured during the 9/11 Search and Rescue effort and spent several years working through his injuries. Hard work, great doctors and nurses, and the healthy Maine way of life gave him back his active lifestyle. Like so many Mainers, Mike receives his medical care at the TOGUS VA Center in Augusta.

In 2011, Mike returned to his beloved Maine and took a job in the Property Support Department at Sugarloaf Mountain.  In 2019 Mike was hired by the US Census Bureau, his third Census, to run all Field Operations in the state for the 2020 Census during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Under Mike’s leadership Maine, a historic underperformer, became the first state in the nation to complete the 2020 Census.

In 2022 Mike ran for State Representative in Maine’s 73rd District which includes parts of Franklin, Oxford, and Somerset Counties on a platform of lower taxes, controlled spending, putting Maine first, and Common-Sense Solutions.  He successfully navigated a primary and earned nearly 60% of the vote in the general election.  In the State Legislature Mike serves on the committees for Labor and Housing, Environment and Natural Resources where he’s fought for conservative victories for the Maine people.

In the State Legislature, Mike serves on the committees for Labor and Housing, Environment and Natural Resources where he’s fought for conservative victories for the Maine people.

Mike co-sponsored and passed historic legislation opening the doorway to Lithium mining in an environmentally responsible way. Lithium is a rare earth mineral needed for advanced battery technology. To give parents a greater voice, Mike co-sponsored a resolve prohibiting teachers in public schools from engaging in political, ideological, and religious advocacy in the classroom.

He also fought for legislation to protect and expand retirement benefits for State Employees and Teachers while also sponsoring Legislation to amend the Essential Programs and Services (EPS) funding formula to reduce local taxes.

Mike is a member the American Legion, Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine, NRA, Franklin County Republican Committee, and is active with the Oxford and Somerset County Republicans. He’s signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge, and the US Term Limits pledge. 

In his free time Mike enjoys hunting, golfing and being outdoors enjoying the natural beauty of Maine.

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