AUGUSTA, Maine — Former two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage filed with the state to kick off his long-awaited 2022 run against Gov. Janet Mills, officially beginning the race between the two political archrivals.
It is an expected step for LePage, who battled often with the Democratic governor during his tenure in the Blaine House and hers as attorney general. After Mills won the 2018 race to succeed the term-limited LePage with the first majority win for a non-incumbent since 1966, the Republican immediately said he may run against her in next year’s election.
..................LePage and other Republicans have hit Mills’ response as heavy-handed and the former governor is expected to focus on the needs of businesses coming out of the pandemic during his run. His political group has opposed Mills’ efforts to open the Gulf of Maine to offshore wind with plans to put a test array in federal waters 20 to 40 miles offshore. It prompted an outcry from fishermen, leading Mills to push back the application process and advance a 10-year moratorium on projects in state waters....................
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