Bangor Councilor Joe Baldacci expresses interest in Mike Michaud’s congressional seat

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
Posted March 07, 2013, at 5:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — There’s a chance two Baldaccis will make bids for public office in 2014.

Joe Baldacci, brother of former Gov. John Baldacci, said Thursday that he is “definitely interested” in replacing 2nd District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud if he decides to run for governor next year.

“I have been elected three times to the Bangor City Council, and had the honor of being chosen as mayor also,” said Joe Baldacci, a Democrat and Bangor lawyer. “I think Maine needs a person willing to fight for the interests of Maine — to promote jobs and economic development, as well as supporting our public schools and protecting our state’s environment.”

If Michaud were to make a bid for the Blaine House, it could mean shakeups in several races. Michaud said earlier this week that he is “looking at” a run for governor.

State Sen. Emily Cain, D-Orono, announced recently that she is “more serious than ever” about running for the 2nd District seat if Michaud decides to vacate it.

John Baldacci has expressed interest in a bid for governor in 2014. Eliot Cutler, who lost a close race against Gov. Paul LePage in 2010, has filed campaign paperwork with the secretary of state’s office, as have independent Alex Hammer and Democrats Steve Woods and former Maliseet Rep. David Slagger. LePage also has submitted that initial paperwork.

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