AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It may seem early for the 2010 congressional campaign to start, but the fields in both of Maine’s congressional districts are starting to take shape.
In southern Maine’s 1st District, where Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree will seek her second term, at least two Republicans are expressing interest as possible contenders.
Mark Gartley of Westbrook, a former Democrat who ran for Congress in the 2nd District in 1974 and ’78, says he’s thinking about running. Dean Scontras, who came up short in the 2008 GOP primary for the 1st District nomination, has set up an exploratory committee.
In the 2nd District, four-term Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud faces challenge from Republican Jason Levesque. The Auburn businessman has been campaigning since May.