March 6, 2012

Former Gov. King announces he'll run for U.S. Senate

Angus King's independent candidacy is a plus, some observers say, but others believe it could contribute to a GOP win.

By Jonathan Riskind jriskind@mainetoday.com
Washington Bureau Chief

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Angus King kisses his wife, Mary Herman, at Bowdoin College on Monday night after announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe.

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Angus King greets supporters at Bowdoin College on Monday night after announcing that he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe.

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POTENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS

These people have taken out nomination papers for the two U.S. House seats and one Senate seat that will be on Maine’s ballot in November. The list does not include people who have expressed interest but not taken out papers and those who took out papers but later withdrew. Party candidates need at least 1,000 valid signatures for the House seats and 2,000 for the Senate seat by March 15. Independents have until June 1, the date of Maine’s primaries.

U.S. SENATE

Democrats
John Baldacci
Matthew Dunlap
Chellie Pingree
Benjamin Pollard

Republicans
Rick Bennett
Margaret Byrnes
Karen Carringer
Glen Craig
Scott D’Amboise
Debra Plowman
Bruce Poliquin
William Schneider
Robert Seeley
Michael Stoddard
Charlie Summers

Independents
Julia Carlson
Andrew Ian Dodge
Aaron Marston
Seamus Maguire
Verne Paradie Jr.

HOUSE DISTRICT 1
southern Maine

Democrats
Phil Bartlett
Shenna Bellows
Peter Chandler
David Costa
Cynthia Dill
Jon Hinck
Barry Hobbins
David Lemoine
Hannah Pingree
Wellington Lyons
Brendan P. Rielly
Diane Russell

Republicans
Patrick Calder
Jon Courtney
Markham Gartley
Arthur Kyricos
Debra Reagan
John Vedral

HOUSE DISTRICT 2
central/northern Maine

Democrat
Mike Michaud (incumbent)

Republican
Kevin Raye

King said he could envision himself caucusing with either party, depending on the issues at the time, or neither party at times.

King is a co-founder of Independence Wind, a wind energy company that’s involved with the Record Hill Wind project in Oxford County.

He was an attorney and a successful businessman before he was governor, founding an energy efficiency company called Northeast Energy Management. He gained statewide visibility before his election in 1994 as the longtime host of the “Maine Watch” show on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

As governor, King’s initiatives included an overhaul of the state’s mental health and correctional systems, a push to increase public conservation lands and a drive that provided Apple laptops to every seventh- and eighth-grader in the state.

King once said that he was an independent because “I’m too fiscally conservative for the Democrats and too socially liberal for the Republicans, like 75 percent of the American people.”

King will be a formidable candidate, said state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, who served in the Maine House while King was governor.

“He brings an awful lot to the table,” Gerzofsky said. “He was a very popular governor. As an independent in these times, I think he makes a very strong statement.”

Rep. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville, was in the state Senate when King was governor.

“He tried to govern from the middle,” Davis said. “As governor, he was a very easy man to like.”

But he said that while King talks about addressing the problems that prompted Snowe’s departure, it would be hard for an independent to make a difference in Washington.

“He won’t have a caucus,” he said. “I don’t see how on Earth he’ll be able to help with the problems without at least some supporters around him. An independent isn’t going to be able to do it.”

— MaineToday Media State House Writer Susan Cover and Portland Press Herald Staff Writer Edward D. Murphy contributed to this report.

MaineToday Media Washington Bureau Chief Jonathan Riskind can be contacted at 791-6280 or at: jriskind@mainetoday.com

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