Charles Summers Jr.

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Charles Summers Jr.
Charles Summers Jr.jpg
Maine Secretary of State
Incumbent
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][2][3][4]

Summers ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine. Summers won the Republican nomination in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012. He faced Cynthia Dill and Independent candidate Angus King in the general election.[5]

Summers lost to Angus King (I) on November 6, 2012.[6]

Biography

Summers 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.[4]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)[3]

Political career

Secretary of State 2010-present

Summers was elected by the 125th Legislature to serve as Maine's 48th Secretary of State. He was sworn into office on January 6, 2011.[2][4][3]

Maine State Senate 1991-1995

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.[3][4][2]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012

Summers ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine. Summers won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[7] He defeated Scott D'Amboise, Richard Bennett, Debra Plowman, Bruce Poliquin, and William Schneider in the June 5 Republican primary. He faced Cynthia Dill (D), Andrew Ian Dodge (L), Independent candidate Angus King, Danny Francis Dalton, and Stephen Woods in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5] King defeated all challengers to win the election.[5]

Polls

Angus King vs. Charles Summers Jr. vs. Cynthia Dill
Poll Angus King Charles Summers Jr.Cynthia DillNeitherDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports(September 25, 2012)
45%33%14%1%7%+/-4.5500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2008

2008 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 1 - Republican Primary [8]
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 [9]
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 [11]
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 [12]
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

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

2012

Charles Summers [13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 19, 2012$0.00$21,280.00$(0.00)$21,280.00
Pre-Primary[15]May 25, 2012$21,280.00$68,635.00$(4,778.31)$85,136.69
July Quarterly[16]July 13, 2012$84,427.97$204,166.56$(169,304.82)$119,289.71
October Quarterly[17]October 14, 2012$119,289.71$501,870.94$(422,732.30)$198,428.35
Pre-General[18]October 25, 2012$198,428.35$329,467.60$(306,439.00)$221,456.95
Running totals
$1,125,420.1$(903,254.43)

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

See Also

External links

References


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