Five-term US Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-North Haven/ Portland) had been publicly toying with the idea of entering the open Maine Governor’s race next year, and promised a decision before the end of this year. In keeping to her word, Rep. Pingree announced yesterday that she will focus on her career in Congress and will seek a sixth term from her 1st Congressional District.
The Democratic field already numbers 11 candidates, including Attorney General Janet Mills, state Sen. Mark Dion (D-Westbrook), former state House Speaker Mark Eves, two former state legislators, and a combination of business people, educators, and political activists. Five Republicans, including state Senate President Mike Thibodeau (R-Liberty), Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Lisbon), and state House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport), are in the GOP primary. Gov. Paul LePage (R) is ineligible to seek a third term.
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