BANGOR (AP) — A Maine environmentalist who played a key role in creating a much-debated national monument says he’s running for Congress.

Lucas St. Clair’s the sixth Democrat to enter the race against Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who represents Maine’s vast and mostly rural 2nd District. The 39-year-old St. Clair brokered creation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by then-President Barack Obama last year.

St. Clair made a formal announcement of his candidacy in Bangor on Monday.

He’s the son of Burt’s Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby, and took over his mom’s effort to turn former timberland into a national park a few years ago.

St. Clair faced opposition about the park project at first, and some of it still persists. But support for the project grew after he took over.

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