AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says she is strongly considering joining a crowded gubernatorial bid for governor in 2018.
Pingree has served as the Maine 1st District Representative in Congress for four terms since 2008. Pingree was the first woman from Maine's 1st district to be elected to Congress.
Pingree told NEWS CENTER Monday at a conference about farmland access that she will make a decision by the end of the year, less than a month away.
Pingree is a longtime resident of New Haven where she has been an organic farmer and small business owner.She served in Maine's State Senate for eight years starting in 1991.
The race for Maine governor is becoming a crowded field with more than nine Democrats officially declared and five Republicans, along with three Independents, two Green Party members and one Libertarian.
|James Boyle, former State Senator||Ken Fredette, State Minority Leader||Ethan Alcorn||Jay Dresser||Richard Light|
|Adam Cote, attorney||Garrett Mason, State Senate Majority Leader||Alan Caron, Pres, CEO of Envision Maine||Betsy Marsano|
|Mark Dion, State Senator||Mary Mayhew, former DHHS Commissioner||Terry Hayes, Maine State Treasurer|
|Patrick Eisenhart, retired US Coast Guard Comm.||Shawn Moody, businessman||John Jenkins, former Mayor of Lewiston|
|Mark Eves, former Speaker of Maine House||Mike Thibodeau, Maine Senate Pres.||Karmo Sanders|
|Janet Mills, Maine Attorney General|
|Diane Russell, former State Rep.|
|J. Martin Vachon|