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While the tight three-person race for governor is likely to get the most attention this fall, the contest for Maine's open 2nd Congressional District seat and local races that will determine which party controls the state House and Senate are also sure to be highly competitive.
Martin, who served 46 years in the Legislature before being defeated in 2012, said one of his first actions would be to introduce a bill to end term limits, arguing that they've put too much power in the hands of lobbyists and state officials.
Of Maine's congressional races, the 2nd District looks to be most competitive, pitting a traditional conservative, Bruce Poliquin, against a liberal Democrat, Emily Cain.
Animal activists succeeded in placing on the ballot a proposal to end the hunting of bears with bait, traps and dogs.
Critics of those techniques say those hunting practices are cruel, while supporters say they're necessary to keep the state's bear population in check.
 this year, the 73-year-old Democrat from Eagle Lake, who served an unprecedented 10 terms as House speaker, is among dozens of former lawmakers who have been ousted from the Legislature by defeat or term limits and are vying to return.
"There are so many things that we can do to improve the conditions for Maine people, and many of them went by the wayside the last two years," said Martin, adding that he's eager to represent his community in the House for a few more years and then find a qualified Democrat to replace him.
While the battles for Maine governor and Congress will make the most noise over the airwaves this fall, the local legislative contests that decide which party controls the state House and Senate can have just as large an impact on the direction of Maine.
"For John Martin to come to Augusta and say that he wants to repeal the term limit law that was enacted precisely because of his abuse of power is shockingly out of touch and arrogant," said David Sorensen, spokesman for the Maine Republican Party.
Sherman, who's running for the House seat that covers several towns in Aroostook County, said it can be difficult to persuade young people to run for the Legislature because they're starting a family and a career.
Malloy has faced numerous challenges over the past 3 1/2 years, including a massive budget deficit, numerous storms and the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
While he contends the state's slow economy is improving and thousands of new private-sector jobs have been created under his watch, public opinion polls show his decision to raise taxes in 2011 and his handling of the economy remain unpopular with voters.
While never holding public office, Foley served as a former U.
Both the Democratic freshman incumbent, U. S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, and her Republican businessman opponent, Mark Greenberg, have already been targeted by their national parties as candidates that potential donors should watch.
National Democratic groups have already reserved more than $1 million in TV ads to help Esty retain her western Connecticut seat, while Greenberg has already loaned his campaign more than $600,000 and has the resources to contribute even more.
The People's Pledge was created during the 2012 Massachusetts U.
The Coast Guard says cleanup is underway following the discovery of an oil spill near the community of Cape Porpoise, Maine.
The Coast Guard says it received the initial report of an oil sheen and oil on the coast of Bickford Island Sunday evening.
Clean Harbors, an environmental cleanup company, was on the scene Monday morning.
The Coast Guard says it's trying to determine the source of the spill.
Democratic Marion County Clerk Beth White says she's seen an increase in fundraising since she performed more than 300 same-sex weddings after a federal judge ruled Indiana's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional.
Two openly gay candidates are relying on a network of volunteers that sprang up from a Statehouse battle over a constitutional ban on gay marriage to aid their challenges of incumbent legislators.