WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Shenna Bellows is taking a shoe-leather approach to her campaign for U.S. Senate: the Maine Democrat plans to walk 350 miles across the state. Bellows, who is running against Republican Susan Collins, said she would walk from Houlton, on the northeastern coast of the state, to Kittery, at its southern tip, on a journey that is expected to last about three weeks.
"We're walking to restore grassroots democracy, to lift up Mainers whose voices have been left behind," Bellows said at an event at Lame-Wellehan Shoes in Augusta Friday.
Bellows said she plans to visit 63 towns and cities to press her platform of raising the federal minimum wage and "bring politics and campaigning back to the local level where it belongs." She also noted that she plans to highlight socially conscious businesses such as Lamey-Wellehan.
The candidate is following a long state tradition of walking for votes, staring with Bill Cohen, who ran successfully to represent Maine's 2nd District in 1972.
"I am proud to revive this important Maine tradition, of a walk across Maine, because that's what our politics should be about, about listening to people, about lifting up their voices about the future of our country and the direction of our state," Bellows said. "Too many politicians aren't interested in listening to voters on the ground. I'm really excited to listen."