Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon, has announced his candidacy for governor less than a month after the death of his mom, a state representative.

The Bangor Daily News reports Mason said his mother, who collapsed in his arms, would’ve wanted him to run. He made tweeted his announcement Thursday.

Mason, a Republican from Lisbon Falls, delayed his announcement after Gina Mason’s death on Sept. 5. Now Mason and his father are getting back into politics, with his father running to fill the empty seat.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will announce soon if she’s running for governor. Mason said that has no bearing on his decision. Other Republicans in the race are former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and Maine House Minority Leader Ken Fredette.

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