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For Immediate Release
March 15, 2004
Contact: Chip Gavin
207-626-8408

More than 435 seek Legislature’s 186 seats
Secretary of State posts list of candidates who met deadline

AUGUSTA – A total of 526 individuals met today’s deadline to file as candidates in the primary elections for various federal, state and county offices scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, 2004.

The filers included 436 candidates for the 186 seats in the Maine Legislature. Of those 436 filings by Legislative candidates, 82 filed for the 35-member Senate and 354 filed for the 151-member House. The complete list of all 526 candidates who filed by today’s deadline and the various offices for which they filed is available at: www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/cand.htm.

“This is a key day in the 2004 election cycle in Maine,” said Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky. “This establishes the pool of candidates for the June primary election. Now voters can start to consider their specific choices for that election.”

The filing deadline of 5 p.m. today is set by Maine law. Depending on the office sought, these candidates were required to obtain a certain number of signatures from registered Maine voters, who are of the same political party.

Candidates running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Maine House of Representatives or State Senate within the Democratic, Green Independent or Republican parties were required by law to submit these petitions to the Secretary of State in order to appear on the appropriate primary ballot.

Those seeking certain county offices, such as County Commissioner, Treasurer, Judge of Probate, Register of Probate, District Attorney, Register of Deeds and Sheriff, also were required by law to complete petition forms.

Non-party candidates - individuals who are not enrolled in a qualified political party - may also circulate petitions to run for office. These candidates do not appear on the primary election ballot because they are not seeking a party’s nomination. Rather, these candidates will appear on the November 2, 2004 general election ballot. Non-party candidates must collect a designated number of signatures based upon the office sought. Unlike party candidate petitions, any registered voter may sign the petition of non-party candidates. Non-party petitions must be filed by 5 p.m. on June 1, 2004.