Auburn lawmaker decides against bid for governor


LEWISTON — State Rep. Brian Bolduc, D-Auburn, has decided not to run for governor. Earlier this summer he had said he was thinking of jumping into the gubernatorial race.

“I’m glad I kicked the ball around a little; my nature is not to stand around and scratch the back of my head, but patience is a virtue too,” he said in a written statement.

The race for the Blaine House has attracted a field of 18 candidates so far, according to the state records. Of those registered to run, there are six Democrats, five Republicans, five Unenrolled and two Green Independents. Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, is barred from running for re-election due to term limits.

Bolduc, who served four years in the State Legislature in the late 1990s, was elected again in 2008. But he said his lack of political experience contributed to his decision.

“I learned that the first thing needed to develop political support with integrity in the Democratic party’s race for governor is to present a well-developed political resume and I will need more time to do this,” he said.

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