BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's second district could have a new member of Congress in five days. Polls show Democratic candidate Emily Cain and incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin are neck and neck.
Now, that race is likely in the hands of the 11 percent of undecided voters and is confident she can win them over.
Hard work and doing whatever it takes to support your family, was a lesson Emily Cain learned early in life.
“That's what keeps me going,” she said.
As a kid, Cain watched her father, a traveling shoe salesman, and her mother, a sign language teacher doing what they could- to make ends meet in a tough economy.
She says moving from house to house -- relocating to different schools - became the norm for her.
That life experience, Cain said, helps her connect with Mainers on a deeper level.
“They go through that too and they try to figure out what's next--as one good job has been replaced with 2 or 3 jobs that hardly pay the bills,” said Cain.
Paper mill cuts and closures, job losses, and a lack of economic growth are all challenges facing communities in Maine's second district.
Cain said she's running to change all of that.
“We can't throw in the towel, we need to make sure we're fighting for those jobs, protecting those jobs, doing everything we can to keep those good jobs,” she said.
Cain believes Congress is holding working families and small businesses back and the only solution…
“When Congress isn't working for you, you have to change who you send there,” she said.
If elected, Cain says she plans to get on a committee that has a direct benefit to the people of Maine - either the transportation, veteran's affairs, or the agriculture committee.
“Something that has a direct benefit to the people of Maine and growing good jobs here. That will be my focus every day and so I'll start that on day one,” said Cain.
Cain's opponents have attacked her as someone who supports higher taxes, including a carbon tax, using her own words in an attack ad. Cain says she would never support a carbon tax if she believed it would hurt Maine jobs.
“I'm always looking for what's going to lower the threshold for energy for Maine businesses and Maine families… that's my threshold,” she said.
Cain has also had to defend a bipartisan bill she supported to have kids voluntarily weighed at school with their privacy protected.
Her opponents struck a nerve with her by claiming that bill would intentionally and publicly embarrass teenage girls.
“It really was a new low,” she said. “It really was a new low for Maine politics and I hope we never see it again.”
Cain feels she is the best candidate to represent Maine people in Washington, D.C. She hopes voters will keep that in mind as they head to the polls on Election Day.
“Maine people really are the greatest people in the world. They are hardworking, they are caring, and they don't give up and that's very inspiring. And they deserve a member of congress who works just as hard as they do and who makes sure every day, that Maine is the brightest place on the map,” said Cain.
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