Biddeford independent Elias Bassile changed his mind this week about the U.S. congressional seat he plans to seek next year.

Instead of running in Maine’s 2nd District, as he said in a Federal Election Commission filing last week, he plans to run in the 1st District.

Bassile filed updated paperwork Tuesday indicating he intends to challenge longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat.

Biddeford is in the 1st District so Bassile won’t face questions about choosing to run in a district where he can’t vote, which he was already getting over his initial intention to take on three-term U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, a Lewiston Democrat.

Pingree already had one challenger for her 2024 reelection campaign: Republican Andrew Piantidosi of Cape Elizabeth.

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