In rematch of 2002 race, Michaud emerges as winner
In the contest for the second congressional district seat between U.S. Congressman Michael Michaud, D-East Millinocket, and State Sen. Kevin Raye, R-Eastport, voters supported Michaud, 11,642 to 7,900.
According to archives at The Republican Journal, the contest was a rematch between the two candidates after Michaud narrowly defeated Raye for the same congressional seat in 2002.
Michaud's campaign website states that he was sworn in as a United States Congressman in January 2003. He worked at Great Northern Paper Company for 29 years, after which he first ran for and was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1980. Michaud went on to serve seven consecutive terms in the House. In 1994, he was elected to serve in the Maine Senate. In December 2000, Michaud was unanimously elected Maine Senate President.
According to Raye's campaign website, he worked for Sen. Olympia Snowe in Bangor and eventually became the senator's top aide in Maine. He was elected to the Maine Senate in 2004, representing Washington County and parts of Hancock and Penobscot counties, and is now the Senate Republican leader. In 2010, Raye was unanimously elected to serve as Senate president.