AUGUSTA — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat who represents Maine’s 1st District, will not run for governor in 2014. Andrew Colvin, Pingree’s deputy communications director, confirmed Friday afternoon that Pingree has decided against a gubernatorial run.

Her decision leaves U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat who represents Maine’s 2nd District, and former Gov. John Baldacci as the most prominent potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Neither has filed as a gubernatorial candidate, but both have said they would consider a run.

Michaud was on a plane Friday afternoon and couldn’t be reached. His chief of staff, Peter Chandler, said the congressman is still considering a gubernatorial bid but hasn’t made up his mind. He hasn’t set a time frame for making that decision, either, Chandler said.

Steve Woods of Yarmouth is the only Democrat to have filed as a candidate.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler, who lost narrowly to LePage in 2010, also have filed as 2014 gubernatorial candidates with the Maine Ethics Commission.


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