Jean Hay Bright

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Jean Hay Bright is an American politician from Maine. Originally a member of the Maine Democratic Party, Hay Bright re-registered as "unenrolled" in December 2009 following the announcement of the Afghanistan War troop surge of 2009. It was speculated that she may contest Democrat Mike Michaud and Republican Jason Levesque in the 2010 House of Representatives election.[1]

Hay Bright previously ran for the Democratic nomination to the House of Representatives in 1994 and the Senate in 1996. Hay Bright is also a writer and former investigative reporter who has written three books and many published columns.

2006 Senate campaign[edit]

She announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate in May 2005, and won the Democratic Party nomination in the June 13, 2006, defeating Eric Mehnert by a 600 vote margin, out of approximately 44,000 votes cast. She lost to Olympia Snowe in the November 2006 general election. Hay Bright captured 20% of the votes, with 109,618 votes cast. Olympia Snowe won with 74% of the vote, with 398,055 votes cast.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Mark Lawrence
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Maine
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Cynthia Dill