HOULTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Shenna Bellows, the Democrat challenging Senator Susan Collins, is going the distance to raise awareness of her Senate bid. For the next 24 days, Bellows will be walking 350 miles to raise awareness about jobs and the economy.
This isn't the first time a political candidate has walked across Maine. In fact, the walk has a long history in politics, starting with William S. Cohen, a republican candidate for Maine's 2nd congressional district in 1972. Cohen used this strategy against his opponent and it worked. This time, the Democrat is using it in a bid for 18-year incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins' seat in Congress.
Bellows is walking from town to town and talking with neighbors and business owners about jobs. She hopes this will give her the edge to connect with hard-working Mainers.
"This is me showing Mainers that I value the voices of the real voters. That I'm going to walk the walk all across the state for the people who feel left out and left behind by Washington politics."
Bellows is walking 16 miles on Sunday, July 20th along Route 2. She hopes to make it to Bangor on July 29th. Her last stop will be in Kittery on August 12th.