Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons of Brunswick has announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate against Angus King on the Libertarian Party ticket. In a statement, Lyons said he is running because he believes he is “a reflection of 70% of Mainers and thus, would be their effective representation.”

“As it stands now, with endless war, threats of even more war and endless debt, the vast majority of people of this state and the country are being economically disadvantaged,” said Lyons in a statement. “We need a smaller, financially responsible government.”

A contractor by trade, Lyons also ran for the Senate against Susan Collins in 2014 and currently serves as the Libertarian Party chairman. He said his priorities are to restore more local control over education, cut spending to reduce the national debt and slash pay for members of Congress.

“Perhaps, most of all, what I offer to the people of Maine is clear communication, the ability to listen, and do my job as opposed to working to win the next election,” said Lyons. “If I do my job, the people will know. No amount of campaign fundraising can overcome not following through with the trust of Mainers.”

Maine’s Libertarian Party was founded in 1975, but for several years it did not have official party status until last year following a registration drive. Libertarians were able to get on the 2016 ballot after meeting the required threshold of 5,000 registered voters, but they will need at least 10,000 registered Libertarians to vote this November in order to maintain official party status. In addition to the US Senate race, the party has fielded candidates to run for governor and the 2nd District Congressional seat. According to the Libertarian Party website, Rockland attorney Joe Steinberger is also contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate.