Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows started her 350-mile Walk Across Maine for Jobs and the Economy Sunday with a noon kickoff press conference at the Houlton walking bridge. Bellows is walking from Houlton to Kittery to meet voters, hear their stories and raise up the voices of communities left behind by big-money politics.

Bellows has emphasized the importance of connecting with voters, sharing their experiences and not taking them for granted since the beginning of the campaign. She started today’s event with a Google+ Hangout at 11:30 a.m. to connect with supporters at kickoff parties across the state and livestreamed the press conference into their homes.

Throughout the event, she spoke to a crowd of voters and reporters about the need for campaigns to honor voters’ real needs and engage with them rather than relying on corporate PAC money. You can listen to her remarks at

“People feel like their voices don’t matter any more,” Bellow said at the kickoff. She’s walking to give voters the sense that their lives, their hard work, their needs and their aspirations are important again in Washington.



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