A state Senate member from Portland has
edged into the 2008 1st District congressional race as a fifth
Ethan Strimling is poised to run for the seat being vacated by
Democratic Congressman Tom Allen, who is challenging Republican
Senator Susan Collins.
Acknowledging the onset of political activity but stopping short
of a full declaration of candidacy, Strimling released a list of
members of an exploratory committee that included businessman
Robert C.S. Monks and Leon Gorman, chairman of L.L. Bean.
Other Democrats who have announced their candidacies include
York County District Attorney Mark Lawrence, former state Senate
leaders Chellie Pingree and Michael Brennan and Portland lawyer