AUGUSTA, Maine — Patrick McGowan plans to announce his candidacy in the Democratic primary race for Maine governor on Tuesday.
McGowan said Monday he’d make formal announcements in Fort Kent, Bangor and Portland. Additional announcements in eastern and southern Maine also are planned.
McGowan resigned during the weekend as commissioner of the state Conservation Department to join the crowded 2010 gubernatorial race. McGowan was a legislator before joining the Baldacci Cabinet.
At least six other Democrats are in the race. The state campaign oversight agency lists 20 active candidates in all.
Gov. John Baldacci swore in Elizabeth Townsend as the acting commissioner of the Department of Conservation on Monday, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
“Eliza Townsend is a proven leader in state government and the conservation community,” Baldacci said in the press release. “She has a distinguished career working on issues related to the environment, conservation, budget and policy and department management. She understands the critical need to balance the stewardship of the state’s resources with the responsible use of those resources.”
Townsend has served as deputy commissioner of the Department Conservation since 2007. Before joining the department, Townsend was executive director of the Maine League of Conservation Voters and the Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund from 2000 to 2007.
She served four terms in the Maine House from 1992 to 2000. For six years, Townsend was a member of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, serving two years as House chair.
Townsend earned a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a master’s from Carnegie-Mellon University. She lives in Portland.