LaJeunesse, citing pandemic, withdraws from Senate race

Mar 25, 2020

Biddeford — In an announcement released Thursday, Biddeford native and former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse, 49, withdrew from the Democratic primary race for the chance to face Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in November and endorsed fellow candidate Sara Gideon, who is speaker of the Maine House.

In the statement, he said, "After consulting with my campaign team, I have determined that given current circumstances, there is no longer a path to victory for our campaign. It would be wrong for me to represent otherwise."

He continued, "I cannot ask my supporters to continue working hard, to continue making financial contributions, to continue volunteering, to continue advocating for my campaign when the country is focused on an unprecedented health and economic crisis, and when the type of campaign I planned, meeting voters where they live and work and speaking person to person, is impossible. "

Referring to the other candidates for his party's nomination for the Senate, LaJeunesse said, "I have tremendous respect for Betsy Sweet and Bre Kidman. They care about Maine and our country, and are running for the right reasons. ... I also know that Sara (Gideon) is the only candidate who can beat Susan Collins."

He also pledged to do "whatever I can" to help elect Gideon to the Senate.

LaJeunesse, who notes in his statement that he grew up in rural Maine as part of a Franco-American family, lives with his husband, Patrick Oathout, in Biddeford.

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