Wednesday May 23, 2012 | 02:17 PM

Two independent candidates have filed nomination papers to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe, and neither is named Angus.

Steve Woods, chairman of the Yarmouth Town Council and a long-time business executive, turned  in 4,047 signatures Tuesday, according to Megan Sanborn, spokeswoman for the Maine Secretary of State’s Office.

Danny Dalton of Bath, an apparent political newcomer, filed 4,134 sigantures on the May 18, Sanborn said.

Independent candidates who want to be on the Nov. 6 ballot must file at least 4,000 qualified signatures by 5 p.m. June 1. That’s twice as many signatures as were required of the candidates running in the June 12 Republican and Democratic primaries.

Former Gov. Angus King, meanwhile, is still keeping the political world waiting. King has been the presumed frontrunner since announcing in March he would seek Snowe’s seat, but he has yet to file his signatures.

King will make it official next week, but isn’t in any hurry, and why should he be? Even without being an official candidate, King has been getting blasted by all six Republican candidates. Five of them called him a big-spending liberal among other things at a business forum in South Portland Wednesday. King also has been taking some hits from some of the Democratic candidates.

King may well be looking forward to June 13, when he’ll have just one Republican and one Democrat running against him.

Of course, he’ll also have Woods, Dalton and any other independent candidates trying to knock him down, too. King is not the only independent still expected to submit signatures next week, Sanborn said.

Woods, for one, has been frustrated by all the attention given King and took a jab at the former governor in a news release today announcing his filing of signatures.

“As the only genuine independent candidate for the United States Senate Seat in Maine, I am confident that voters will have a clear and compelling choice to make on November 6,” Woods said. There's more about him on his website.

Woods has been a business executive for more than 30 years with such companies as  TideSmart Global, Coca-Cola USA and Maine Red Claws.

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