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Charles Summers Jr.

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Charles Summers Jr.
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Maine
Date of primaryJune 12, 2012
General electionNovember 6, 2012
Current office
Maine Secretary of State
In office
2010 - Present
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)
Websites
Office website
Charles Summers, Jr. (born 1959 in Danville, Illinois) is the current Republican Maine Secretary of State. Elected to the office by a Republican majority that controlled both houses of the State Legislature in 2010, he is the first Republican named to the statewide public position in thirty-five years. [1]

Biography

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)

Professional experience

In addition to his career as a civilian, Summers also serves as a public affairs officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He was first recalled back to active duty in March 2007 by the United States Navy and was deployed to Iraq four months later attached to Multi National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) Strategic Effects Directorate. His deployment ended in May 2008, but he was once again recalled in September 2010, this time serving as a public affairs officer in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Political career

Summer's first entry into state politics came in 1990 when he successfully campaigned to represent the thirty-first senate district in the State Legislature. During his first two years in office, he served as a member of the Legal Affairs and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Joint Standing Committee. Upon winning re-election in 1992, Summers was named as a ranking member of the Taxation Joint Standing Committee. In 1994, he chose to campaign for the United States House of Representatives seat for the 1st House District; he ultimately lost in the Republican primary, placing second with twenty-five percent of the vote. He would campaign for the same seat two more times - in 2004 and 2008. After his primary defeat, Summers began his tenure as State Director for Republican United States Senator Olympia J. Snowe, a position he maintained for nine years. From March 2005 until June 2007, he was New England Regional Administrator (Region I) for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), a role in which he was responsible for oversight of SBA District Offices in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont in addition to the agency's financing, marketing and outreach efforts in the six-state region.

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012

Summers is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine. Summers is seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket.[2] He will face Scott D'Amboise, Richard Bennett, Debra Plowman, Bruce Poliquin, and William Schneider in the June 5 Republican primary. The Democratic primary is between Benjamin Pollard, Matthew Dunlap, Cynthia Dill, and Jon Hinck. Third party candidates are Andrew Ian Dodge, Aaron Marston, and Angus King.

2008

2008 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - Republican Primary [3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Charles Summers, Jr. 59.8%
     Republican Party C. Peter Scontras 40.2%
Total Votes 35,402
2008 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - General Election [4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Chellie Pingree 54.9%
     Republican Party Charles Summers, Jr. 45.1%
Total Votes 374,559

2004

  • Charles Summers, Jr. ran unopposed in this contest
2004 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - General Election [6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Thomas H. Allen 62.1%
     Republican Party Charles Summers, Jr. 37.9%
Total Votes 156,355

1994

1994 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - Republican Primary [7]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda James B. Longley, Jr. 42.8%
     Republican Party Charles Summers, Jr. 25.0%
     Republican Party Kevin Keogh 18.1%
     Republican Party Theodore T. Rand 14.1%
Total Votes 46,073

Personal

Summers currently resides in Maine with his wife, Ruth. The couple has had three children together - Patricia, Charles, and Thomas.

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Maine

Office of the Secretary
Charles Summers, Secretary of State
148 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0148

Phone: (207) 626-8400
Fax: (207) 287-8598
E-mail: sos.office@maine.gov

External links

References


Political offices
Preceded by
Matthew Dunlap
Maine Secretary of State
2010–present
Succeeded by
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