Waterville mayor files to run in 2010 governor’s race

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AUGUSTA (AP) — Waterville Mayor Paul LePage is the latest to join a crowded field of candidates who have filed to run in next year’s race for governor.

LePage, a Republican who is general manager of the Marden’s Surplus and Salvage store chain, filed the necessary paperwork on Tuesday. He told the Bangor Daily News that his campaign will focus on smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation and improving the state’s business climate.

Beverly Cooper-Pete of Portland also filed Tuesday as an unenrolled candidate.

In all, more than 20 people have filed paperwork for the 2010 gubernatorial race.

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