Sanford GOP Debate WMTW
Two vie for 1st District GOP nod Boothbay Register
“Capitol Notebook: Debates, dollars divide 2 Republicans who hope to challenge Pingree” The Forecaster
“Smith is already looking past the primary and focusing his attacks on Pingree, whom he calls a “shrill ideologue out of tune with what Maine needs.” He has already run television ads, featuring cartoon characters, to attack her recent visit to Cuba to promote organic farming.
“With the problems we’re facing, with terrorism among others, organic farming and curbing food waste cannot be our priorities,” Smith said.”
“Republican ad blasts Rep. Chellie Pingree for Cuba trip,” WMTW
“Her trip is not about making jobs for the people of the state of Maine. It’s about scratching her own ideological itch,” said Ande Smith, the Republican candidate behind the ad.
Smith, who lives in North Yarmouth, said his Navy experience and work in the cyber-security industry make him a better choice than Pingree.”
“GOP challenger hits Pingree about Cuba trip,” WCSH
“Ande Smith is running against Mark Holbrook for the GOP 1st District primary. That primary vote is more than a month away, but Smith is already going after Chellie Pingree.
His first campaign ad—made as a cartoon similar to the TV show “South Park”—takes a swipe at Pingree for traveling to Cuba this week to talk about agriculture.”
“Ad Attacks Chellie Pingree for Traveling to Cuba on Trade Mission,” Maine Public Broadcasting Network
“We feel that this race is one where our resources need to be spent on Chellie Pingree and this is a great opportunity to highlight why she is out of touch,” he says.
“Ande Smith announces candidacy for Maine’s 1st Congressional District,” The Bangor Daily News
“Ande believes the people of Maine’s 1st Congressional district deserve an active, engaged representative with a positive, hopeful view of Maine’s future; that while our nation’s bright light has dimmed in recent years it can be rekindled.”
“Cybersecurity exec seeks Maine House seat,” The Hill
“If elected, Smith would likely be only the second lawmaker ever with direct experience in the cybersecurity industry, following Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), who was elected in 2014.”
“North Yarmouth attorney will try to unseat Maine’s U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree,” The Portland Press Herald
“It takes active leadership to restore the safety and security we need for our children. My military, business and education experience qualify me to provide that leadership in Congress.”
“North Yarmouth lawyer seeks GOP nod for Congress,” The Forecaster
“Smith, who serves on the state Board of Education, is a patent attorney who spent almost 30 years the U.S. Navy. He owns a cyber-security consulting firm, and has run a telecommunications and information technology security consultancy.”