A Penobscot County legislator and arch-conservative agitator who has said Democrats are waging a “war on whites” kicked off a 2020 run against an incumbent Republican state senator on Tuesday with an endorsement from former Gov. Paul LePage.
The move from Rep. Larry Lockman, R-Bradley, is expected to set up a primary with Sen. Kim Rosen of Bucksport, a low-key lawmaker who was endorsed Tuesday by party leaders who share her worry that Lockman’s nomination could surrender a safe red seat to Democrats.
For two Republicans, Lockman and Rosen could hardly be more different. He most often submits dead-on-arrival legislation largely intended for messaging. When asked about her service, Rosen focuses on local issues in the district with an odd geography stretching from Castine through Brewer to Lincoln — and meeting constituents at their homes and over coffee.
Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after three years as a reporter at the Kennebec Journal. A Hallowell native who now lives in Augusta, he graduated from the University of Maine in...
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