PORTLAND, Maine (Portland Press Herald) — Former Portland Rep. Diane Russell announced her candidacy for governor on Thursday, joining an increasingly crowded field in next year’s Democratic primary.

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An experienced campaigner and grassroots organizer, Russell said she would campaign on such progressive issues as single-payer health care, universal college education and higher wages. The 41-year-old was a vocal, liberal voice during her eight years in the Maine House of Representatives before she was term limited out last year and lost a Democratic primary bid for a state Senate seat.