Former Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is running for US Senate.Dunlap announced his candidacy at the United Steelworkers Union Local 80 building in Old Town. It’s the first site he visited when he was running for the house of Representatives in Maine in 1996.He says he thinks he can help make the country and maine stronger.Dunlap says he knows going up against senator olympia snowe in next year’s election will be challenging but says he thinks maine is ready for a change.”I think I present a change that people would find exciting. I’m well known to people in Maine, my record of services is sterling, I don’t think I have any issues that way I think probably the challenge that anybody faces in this election is probably her challenges. She’s been around so why shouldn’t we change,” he said.Dunlap will be running against state rep. Jon Hinck of Portland for thedemocratic nomination.Senator Snowe has never lost an election since taking the seat in 1995.On the Republican side, Snowe faces a primary challenge for the first time, and from two candidates. they are Scott D’Amboise of Lisbon Falls and Andrew Ian Dodge of Harpswell.D’Amboise lost a Maine congressional election in 2006, and Dodge is a freelance writer who has acted as a spokesman for the Tea Party in Maine.