AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s nominee to head Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife faces a legislative hearing.
Chandler Woodcock’s name should have a familiar ring to Maine voters. The Farmington resident, a former state senator, ran as the Republican candidate for governor in 2006 but lost to Democratic incumbent John Baldacci.
Woodcock faces a confirmation hearing Wednesday before the Legislature’s fisheries and wildlife committee, which then will make a recommendation to the Senate.
Woodcock was an English teacher for 27 years and is now executive director of the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association. He says he’s a lifelong sportsman whose priorities include restoring the thinning deer herd in northern and eastern Maine. If confirmed, he would replace Roland “Danny” Martin, who stepped down in January after eight years on the job.