March 16, 2010

Green candidate drops out of governor's race

By Susan M. Cover
State House Bureau

Green Independent Lynne Williams of Bar Harbor said today she fell short of getting the 2,000 signatures needed to place her name on the ballot and is dropping out of the race for Maine governor.

Williams said despite having more than 60 volunteers, she wasn't able to get enough party members to sign her petitions. The party has fewer than 30,000 active voters, she said. Rather than run for governor, Williams said she will now work to get other Greens elected to state House and Senate seats.

Her announcement means the Green Independent party will not have a gubernatorial candidate on the November ballot.

Party candidates have until 5 p.m. today to turn in signatures to qualify for Maine's June 8 gubernatorial primary, as well the primaries for Maine's House and Senate seats.

As of this afternoon, Republicans Steve Abbott, Paul LePage, Peter Mills, Les Otten, Bruce Poliquin and Bill Beardsley had filed, and Matt Jacobson was en route to state offices to file.

Democrats who've filed include Rosa Scarcelli, Steve Rowe, Libby Mitchell and Pat McGowan, and John Richardson's petitions were on their way in.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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