Three top Maine officials to be nominated Tuesday

Posted Nov. 30, 2010, at 6:05 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Mainers will soon have a much better idea of who will manage the state’s cash, handle its legal cases and issue drivers’ licenses.

Newly elected lawmakers on Tuesday will nominate their choices for state treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state. Each carries a two-year term.

Because Republicans have a legislative majority, their party’s nominees are likely to be elected when representatives and senators meet Wednesday.

Republicans William Schneider and outgoing Douglas Smith, who’ve both been legislators, are vying for their party’s nomination for attorney general.

The treasurer’s post has drawn two GOP contestants — former gubernatorial candidate Bruce Poliquin and former Rep. David Bowles. Former GOP state senator Charles Summers is the lone party choice for secretary of state.