Candidates in Place to Fill Maine’s Senate Seat, House Seats 

The race to replace Senator Olympia Snowe is nearly set. Thursday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for candidates to turn in the necessary signatures to place them on the June primary ballot. Snowe announced her departure last month, creating a political free-for-all to fill her seat. Six Republicans and three Democrats are officially vying for her job.On the Republican side – former Maine Senate President Rick Bennett, businessman Scott D’Amboise, State Senator Debra Plowman, Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, Attorney General William Schneider and Secretary of State Charlie Summers.On the Democratic side, State Senator Cynthia Dill, former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, Ben Pollard of Portland, and State Representative Jon Hinck are in the running.Former Independent Governor Angus King also announced he’s a candidate, though he and other independents don’t have to turn in their signatures until June. Two people who also considered a run for Snowe’s seat are Maine’s current House Representatives. In the end, they both decided to defend their positions. In the First District, incumbent Democrat Chellie Pingree will face one of two Republicans, Patrick Calder or State Senator Jonathan Courtney.And in the Second District, Democrat Mike Michaud will try to hold on to his seat in a race against either State Senator Kevin Raye or Blaine Richardson, also Republicans.