Jared Golden is the Democratic nominee for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District (ME-02). Golden a Marine Corps veteran, and he served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He worked as Senator Susan Collins’ staff on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee before being elected as a Democrat in 2014 to represent the city of Lewiston in the Maine Legislature. He was re-elected in 2016 and currently serves as the Assistant Majority Leader in the Maine House.
As a combat veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq, Golden has seen first-hand how tumult and chaos have wracked the Middle East. It is therefore his view that Israel plays a critical role in maintaining regional stability, and this is just one of many reasons that the US has a vested interest in Israel’s security and strength. As such, he supports a strong US-Israel relationship and continued US aid to Israel. He also supports providing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian refugees because a stable situation on the ground makes a two-state solution more likely.
When it comes to the peace process, Golden believes that the US must support efforts to create a functioning and secure Palestinian state, alongside Israel. To achieve a two-state solution, negotiations between the parties with US assistance are necessary. Also essential to Israel’s long-term safety is preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon. For this reason, Golden is committed to finding diplomatic solutions to reducing nuclear proliferation in Iran, and he maintains the view that if military action must be taken against Iran, Congress must first authorize the use of force.