Retired Navy Capt. Blaine Richardson, who is running as an Independent, is a 30-year veteran who served in Haiti, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In addition to his military service, Richardson served as the U.S. Naval Liaison to the state of Maine under Governors John McKernan and Angus King.

He also worked for 10 years at his family-owned greenhouse business in Rockport, in addition to restoring antique clocks. He also served as the code enforcement officer for the Town of Rockport before moving to Belfast in 2000, where he started B. Richardson Co., a construction company that builds coastal homes.

Richardson is running against Republican Bruce Poliquin and Democrat Emily Cain for Rep. Michael Michaud's vacated seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to information published on his website, if elected, Richardson will tackle a number of issues he feels are of particular importance.

Richardson states he will work to repeal the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act, and will “fight to reel in the unaccountable bureaucrats who are clearly working outside the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution.”

As a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Richardson says he understands what Maine veterans need and the challenges they face, and that no one can take better care of veterans than a fellow veteran.

2nd Amendment

Richardson said his support of the 2nd Amendment "is without compromise" and every citizen should have the right to keep and bear arms.

Obamacare

Richardson will work to defund and repeal Obamacare if elected.

Food sovereignty and farming freedom

By introducing legislation, Richardson would look to repeal laws such as the Food Modernization Act of 2011 “to allow the hard-working farmers of Maine to exercise their God-given rights to buy, sell and produce what they want without the interference of government."

Jobs and the economy

In an effort to strengthen the economy in the second district, Richardson outlined a number of steps that he believes will allow job creators, small business owners and entrepreneurs in the state to be successful.

The first step is end or revise free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Secondly, he would stop amnesty and place a moratorium on immigration. To that end, Richardson proposes until the unemployment rate is 5 percent, temporary work visas should be suspended to allow Maine workers first choice in the job market.

“Current immigration policy is a net loss to American taxpayers, and contributes to driving down wages and high unemployment in Maine,” Richardson writes.

The third step of his plan would involve ending corporate welfare, which he said he will never vote for if elected to Congress.

The final two steps Richardson outlines are to end the war in Afghanistan and to remove regulations from Maine industries that he feels are excessive.