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For Immediate Release
March 12, 2004
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8406

Secretary of State Reminds Candidates for June Primary
that Petitions are Due by Monday at 5:00 p.m.

Listing of Candidates Posted on Secretary of State’s Website

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky reminded potential candidates for public office that petitions are due by 5:00 p.m. this coming Monday, March 15th.

A listing of candidates who have filed to run for office can be accessed through the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/2004elec.htm. This information can also be obtained by contacting the Elections Division at (207) 624-7650.

Candidates running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Maine House of Representatives or State Senate within the Democratic, Green Independent or Republican parties must submit petitions to the Secretary of State in order to appear on the appropriate primary ballot.

Those seeking certain county offices, such as County Commissioner, Treasurer, Judge of Probate, Register of Probate, District Attorney, Register of Deeds and Sheriff, must also complete petition forms.

Depending on the office sought, candidates must obtain a certain number of signatures from registered Maine voters, who are of the same political party. All party candidates must file their petitions with the Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2004. The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2004.

Non-party candidates--individuals who are not enrolled in a qualified party--may also circulate petitions to appear on the November 2, 2004 general election ballot. Non-party candidates must collect a designated number of signatures based upon the office sought.

Unlike party candidate petitions, any registered voter may sign the petition of non-party candidates. Non-party petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2004.