Former Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced via his official Facebook page this week that he will not run in next year’s district election against current Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden in order to provide care to his aging parents.
Poliquin’s father, 91, and mother, 89, raised both him and his brother Jim, who recently passed away a few years ago.
“Family always comes first,” Poliquin said in his post. “I became my parents’ only surviving child. They devoted their lives to raising Jim and me. Now, it’s my turn and responsibility to help care for them. … I love them dearly. I’m very involved in their lives.”
Golden won against Poliquin in the 2018 race, and became the first member of Congress elected through ranked-choice voting upon assuming office the following January. Poliquin did not rule out a run for Congress in 2022.
The Maine Republican Party posted their heartfelt goodbye on its own Facebook page the same day.
“We completely understand and respect Bruce’s decision. It is the right decision for him and as a party we believe family comes first,” the party wrote in their post. “We look forward to supporting our nominee and delivering victory in a district that strongly supports President Trump’s agenda.”
Poliquin’s post stated a potential interest to run for Congress in 2022.
“There are lots of ways I’m already helping Republicans win next November,” he said. "Then we’ll see what the future holds for 2022. We’re not done yet. God Bless.”
The Republican Party said that several individuals have already contacted them declaring their interest to run in the district election. Former state Sen. Eric Brakey has indicated he is interested in running against Golden, having already formed an exploratory committee.
It is expected that Brakey will formally announce his intention later this summer.