In an official press release, the United States Green Party announced the registration of Henry John Bear as a member of the Maine Green Independent Party. On Friday, Bear will officially announce his candidacy for U.S. House Representative to Maine’s Second Congressional District.
Bear has represented the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians in the Maine House of Representatives since 2012 as the first elected Maliseet Tribal Representative. Bear’s primary objectives include the empowerment of Indigenous tribes as well as increased economic wellbeing in the form of accessible health care and livable wages.
“I’m different and that’s why I have a reasonable chance of succeeding in this campaign. I represent change. I’m capable, fearless when necessary, and the first tribal member with a law degree to run for U.S. Congress in Maine. Due to my life experience with the U.S. Coast Guard as a rescue coordinator, followed extensive legal, small business and legislative experience, I am motivated to not shy away from conflict. Instead, I run toward it seeking to know who’s in trouble and what the threat is, and then take timely action to help. That’s my nature,” Bear said in a statement.
Bear’s candidacy will be announced officially with an event at the Aroostook Treaty Education Center in Houlton, Maine at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017. As a candidate, he will challenge incumbent Congressman Bruce Poliquin, a Republican from Maine.