Kevin Raye

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Kevin Raye
Kevin Raye.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House
Date of primaryJune 12, 2012
General electionNovember 6, 2012
Current office
Maine State Senate District 29
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2012
Years in position 11
President, Maine State Senate
Base salary$13,852/year (1st session), $10,082/year (2nd)
Per diem$70/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
High schoolShead High School, 1979
Bachelor'sBates College, 1983
Date of birthFebruary 7, 1961
Place of birthEastport, ME
ProfessionOwner, Down East Strategies
ReligionUnited Methodist
Office website
Campaign website
Kevin Raye campaign logo

Kevin Raye is a Republican member of the Maine State Senate. Raye was first elected to the Maine Senate in 2004 and was re-elected in November of 2008, and again in 2010. Raye currently serves as the President of the Senate. Raye is a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Maine. Raye defeated Blaine Richardson in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012.[1]

Raye lost to incumbent Mike Michaud (D) on November 6, 2012.[2]



  • 1979: Shead High School
  • 1983: Bates College, Bachelor's degree in Political Science


In addition to being a Senator, Raye is a business owner.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Raye has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Raye served on these committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Kevin Raye endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

District 29

Raye represents Maine Senate District 29. District 29 includes a portion of Hancock County[5].



See also: Maine's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Raye did not run for re-election to the state senate in 2012. Instead, he ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maine's 2nd District. Raye won the nomination on the Republican ticket. Raye defeated Blaine Richardson is the Republican primary.[6] Incumbent Mike Michaud ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was March 15, 2012. The primary elections were held on June 12, 2012.[7]

Race Background

Incumbent Mike Michaud first defeated Kevin Raye in the 2002 election for Maine's 2nd congressional district. He won by only four percent of the vote. Since then, Raye has served as a state senator for eight years, during which he was the senate president for two years. Michaud admits that this makes his opponent more competitive, but cites his own eight year incumbency in the 2nd district's house seat as giving him the edge.[8]


A complete list of videos featuring Raye's policy positions are available at his campaign website.[9]

Kevin Raye, "Kevin Raye discusses debt & spending"[10]

Kevin Raye released this official campaign ad on September 25, 2012.[11]

Kevin Raye, "Fighting For Maine Jobs "[12]


Mike Michaud vs. Kevin Raye
Poll Mike Michaud Kevin RayeUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 15-17, 2012)
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Raye was endorsed by BIPAC (Business and Industry Political Action Committee) on September 26, 2012. BIPAC is a non-partisian group that assists in "identifying and electing pro-prosperity candidates."[13]


See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2010

Raye won re-election to the 29th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. F. James Whalen ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[14]

Maine State Senate, District 29
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Raye (R) 9,927 69%
F. James Whalen (R) 3,967 28%
Blank 496 3%


On November 4, 2008, Raye ran for District 29 of the Maine State Senate, beating Karen Johnson and Dana Kadey. [15]

Raye raised $19,354 for his campaign.[16]

Maine State Senate, District 29
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Raye (R) 11,418
Karen Johnson (D) 6,388
Dana Kadey (I) 1,449

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Kevin Raye's reports.

Kevin Raye (2012)[17] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]May 31, 2012$0.00$152,476.13$(36,576.11)$115,900.02
Pre-Primary[19]May 31, 2012$115,900.02$35,977.21$(29,710.61)$122,166.62
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2012$122,166.62$165,017.54$(44,842.64)$242,341.52
October Quarterly[21]October 15, 2012$242,341.00$205,617.17$(331,847.08)$116,111.09
Pre-General[22]October 25, 2012$116,111.09$20,390.84$(110,919.98)$25,581.95
Running totals


In 2010, Kevin Raye collected $11,680 in donations. [23]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Maine Association Of Realtors $600
Looks Gourmet Food Co Inc $350
Bangor Historic Track $350
National Rifle Association $350


In 2008 Kevin Raye collected $19,354 in donations. [24]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Maine Distributors $500
Jasper Wyman & Son $500
Eldon L Morrison $500
Snowe for Senate $500

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Dennis is married to Karen Raye and reside in Perry, Maine.

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