Dale Crafts Announces Run For Congress in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District

For Immediate Release

October 10, 2019

Lisbon, Maine — This morning, Dale Crafts, lifelong small business owner and former State Representative, told nearly 150 supporters that he was officially seeking the Republican nomination for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Surrounded by family, Dale opened by talking about the adversity he faced after being in a motorcycle accident that left him in a wheelchair for life. He discussed the options he had and his tenacity to move forward, raise his family and build a life through owning and operating various small businesses.

As the only business owner in the race, Dale touted his years of business experience and his experience of lowering taxes and fighting for the gun rights of all Mainers, clearly drawing the distinction between himself and Congressman Golden. 

“Unlike Jared Golden, I have built, owned and run several businesses. I have met a payroll and managed employees,” said Dale Crafts. “While I serve on the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Board and have fought for gun rights for all Mainers, the National Rifle Association gave Congressman Golden a D rating.”

Dale spoke about voting for the largest tax cuts in Maine history while serving in the Maine House of Representatives in 2011, which removed 70,000 of the lowest income taxpayers from the tax rolls all together. He praised President Trump for implementing a similar tax cut for all Americans, which has resulted in the U.S. Treasury bringing in more revenue this year than any year in history. He told his supporters that it is imperative to regain Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, and give President Trump a partner in Washington to continue to grow our economy, decrease the unemployment level and provide opportunity for all Americans to succeed.

“As the only business owner in the race, a lifelong advocate for gun rights and Maine’s outdoorsmen, and a former elected official, I believe that I bring the necessary experience to defeat Jared Golden and partner with President Trump to continue to pass pro-growth, pro-economy policies that will Keep Maine and America Great,” said Dale Crafts in closing. “As your Congressman, you can expect nothing other than results. I will work with President Trump and support policies that will continue to Keep America Great for generations to come. I will ensure that each and every one of you have a voice in Washington for the policies that matter most to us all as Mainers.”

For more information, see Dale’s full biography below.

CONTACT:

Keith Herrick

[email protected]

(207) 807-5698

DALE CRAFT’S BACKGROUND

Dale J. Crafts was born on December 14, 1958 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and quickly moved to Maine one month later. Dale was raised in Lisbon and attended the Lisbon area schools, graduating from Lisbon High School in 1978. He played sports of all kinds through his schools years, leading him to co-captain of the Lisbon High School football team in 1977-78.

On May 6, 1983, Dale was traveling to pick up some auto parts at R.I. Mitchell on his motorcycle, when an elderly man turned in front of him causing an accident. This resulted in Dale becoming a paraplegic. Through this circumstance, he was inspired to start Mobility Plus, a research and development company focused on providing opportunities for paraplegics to drive once again. Within months after his accident, he had taken a driver’s retraining course and obtained a specially adapted vehicle. As Dale likes to say, he is independent today simply because he can drive. Through Mobility Plus, he has been able to help many physically challenged people regain their mobile independence, both locally and internationally.

Dale is the father of 6 children and 14 grandchildren. He loves spending his time with his family, friends, and outdoor activities. He is an avid hunter and fisherman. In 1993, Dale made the top ten biggest bucks in Maine list, tagging a 10-point buck dressed at 265 lbs. He has also hunted and shot many other deer, bear, and moose.

Crafts is a former Republican member of the Maine State House of Representatives, representing District 56 from 2008 to 2016. Crafts served on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. He also co-chaired the Legislative Prayer Caucus from 2006-2016. In addition, Dale has held offices in his hometown of Lisbon, Maine. From 2006-2009, he served as a member of the Lisbon Town Council. He was the Vice Chair of the Lisbon Republican Party in 1997 and again, in 2016 through the present. Crafts has also been a member of the Revitalization Committee, the Revolving Loan Committee, and the Advisory Board in the Town of Lisbon. While serving as a Representative, Crafts was an elected Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2008, 2012, & 2016.

Dale Crafts holds extensive professional business experience as an entrepreneur in the State of Maine and internationally.

He has owned and operated several businesses:

  • President/Owner of Crafts Self Storage Inc., 1996- present.
  • CSS Pre-Owned Inc. Auto Sales/ Real Estate Investment, 2013- present.
  • President/Owner of Goin’ Postal Franchise, 2007- present. 
  • President/Co-Owner of C&F Developments LLC, 2004- 2006.
  • President/Owner of C&F Developments LLC, 2006- present.
  • General Manager of John D. Crafts Inc., 1997-2004.
  • Crafts, Purington, and Morse Inc., Grenada, West Indies, 1995-1996.
  • President/Owner of Crafts Builders Inc., 1986-1989.
  • President/Owner and Heavy Equipment Operator of Crafts Construction, 1986-1989.
  • Co-Founder of Mobility Plus at John D. Crafts Inc., 1984.
  • Carpenter, Bath Iron Works Shipbuilders, 1979-1981.

In addition, Dale has been involved in many other organizations:

  • Treasurer, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, 2017-2019.
  • Board Member, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, 2014-2017.
  • NRA Member, 2008-present (Lifetime Member)
  • Director, MTM Community Center in Lisbon, Maine, 2006-2008.
  • Sunday School Teacher, 1987-2004.