Former candidate seen as Maine game chief

Posted Feb. 02, 2011, at 10:25 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 05, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former Maine state senator and Republican candidate for governor is reported to be Gov. Paul LePage’s choice for fish and game commissioner.

The Portland Press Herald says Chandler Woodcock of Farmington, who ran for governor in 2006 but lost to John Baldacci, is expected to be nominated as commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Republican state Sen. David Trahan of Waldoboro, a veteran member of the fish and game committee, tells the Press Herald he’s confident the nominee will be Woodcock. Former Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine executive director George Smith’s blog also says Woodcock, who’s an active hunter and angler, is the likely nominee.

LePage’s office declines to comment on the reports.