Westbrook, MAINE - Today, President Barack Obama offered endorsements to 12 Democrats seeking seats in the Maine Senate, the Maine House, and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett issued the following statement:

“President Obama understands the importance of electing strong leaders like the candidates he endorsed today. Success in these races is key to Democrats’ chances to take back Congress, the Maine Senate, and to build on our majority in the Maine House. These endorsements serve as a clear sign that these candidates are putting in the work it takes to flip their districts from red to blue.”

“Democrats up and down the ballot want to make sure that opportunity is available in every corner of our state so that the people who don't want to leave Maine and the community they love don't feel like they have to, and so they can start a family, earn a good wage, or start a business. That’s what these candidates are fighting for and that’s why I’m confident they’ll be successful in November.”

The 12 candidates who received endorsements today are:

Jared Golden (ME-02)

Karen Kusiak (SD-16)

Tom Wright (SD-34)

Tiffany Roberts- Lovell (HD-06)

Diane Denk (HD-09)

Kelly McNamara (HD-21)

Chris Caiazzo (HD-28)

Steve Ball (HD-80)

Jennifer Day (HD-86)

Chloe Maxmin (HD-88)

Holly Stover (HD-89)

Vicki Doudera (HD-94)

The three candidates who previously received Obama’s endorsement are Louis Luchini, seeking to represent SD-7; Laura Fortman, who is seeking to represent SD-13; and Linda Sanborn, who is seeking to represent SD-30.