Paul LePage, the polarizing former governor of Maine whose tenure ended in disgrace last year, officially launched a campaign Monday to return to office as a Republican. LePage announced his bid to run for governor in the Republican primary, but he will also likely face challenges from independents and Democrats.
Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage officially launched his campaign for governor on Thursday, marking the start of his effort to return to the state’s top job. He faces a formidable opponent in Democratic state Attorney General Janet Mills.
Paul LePage won two terms as governor of Maine. His governorship was controversial. Some find LePage’s rude tone offensive, but others find him just fine.
He was disqualified from serving another term as governor. However, he has not been deterred from standing again in the future. And LePage is officially running for governor again.
campaigned on the 5th. July officially launched
Paul LePage is the Republican candidate for governor of Maine in the 2022 election. LePage won the nomination and subsequent general election in 2010 and 2014.
He succeeded Democratic governor John Baldacci, who was also term-limited.
As governor, LePage often clashed with other politicians in Maine. Republicans and Democrats. He set the record for most vetoes in Maine state history. And by a wide margin.
LePage used to work in a sawmill and for the Scott Paper Company, among other things. His first elected position was as a member of the Waterville City Council, near Augusta. LePage eventually became mayor of the city, a position he held from 2004 to 2011.
In 2010, LePage won the gubernatorial election against independent candidate Eliot Cutler and Libby Mitchell, Democratic leader of the Maine Senate.
He was re-elected in 2014, defeating Cutler and then-Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. At the time, Mihaud was a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
At the end of his second term as governor, LePage apparently considered running for the U.S. Senate. He would try to oust independent candidate and former governor Angus King.
In the end, LePage did not run for office and King was re-elected with ease.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Paul LePage has said he is about to retire from politics as president. However, this turned out not to be the case. And, as the Boston Globe notes, he moved away from Maine after his term ended.
Instead, he moved to Florida. Last year, however, he returned to Maine and settled in Edgecombe, south of Waterville.
Janet Mills succeeded him as Governor
Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills has won the race for governor of Maine, according to LePage. Since then he has become one of his frequent critics. Mills has not yet officially announced his campaign, but is expected to run for re-election.
Although Mills is a Democrat, he has many ties to the Republican Party. His late father, S. Peter Mills Jr. was U.S. attorney during three Republican presidential administrations. His brother Peter won several terms in the state legislature as a Republican.
Peter Mills has run twice for the Republican governorship of Maine.
That was the case in 2010, when he lost to Paul LePage. He then joined the LePage administration as executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority.
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