Les Otten mulls race for Maine governor

Posted June 22, 2009, at 5:47 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Les Otten, the former CEO and founder of American Skiing Co. who went on to own a share of the Boston Red Sox, is considering a run for governor.

Otten has scheduled a breakfast meeting with supporters in South Portland next Monday to spell out his plans. He then will hold a news conference to announce the creation of an exploratory committee.

Otten deferred comment on whether he would run as a Republican, Democrat or independent, saying he’ll provide his answer at the news conference.

Since leaving the ski business and the Red Sox, Otten has turned to other ventures, including a company in Bethel that sells and distributes wood-burning furnaces that use pellets as fuel.

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