Skip Maine state header navigation

Agencies | Online Services | Help

Skip First Level Navigation | Skip All Navigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

Secretary of State Dunlap Announces
List of Primary Candidates

AUGUSTA , MAINE  –  Noting that today’s deadline coincides with Maine Statehood Day, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced that 546 individuals have filed as candidates for the June 13, 2006 primary elections for various federal, state and county offices.

Filers included six candidates for Governor, three candidates for the United States Senate, and four candidates for the United States House of Representatives.  Additionally, 412 candidates for the 186 seats in the Maine State Legislature submitted petitions.   Of those 412 legislative candidates, 78 filed for the 35-member State Senate and 334 filed for the 151-member House.

The complete list of candidates who filed by today’s deadline is available online at http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/2006/Candidatelisting.htm.  A listing can also be obtained by e-mailing SOS.Office@maine.gov or calling (207) 624-7650.

“This is an important moment in the 2006 election cycle.  Today’s deadline establishes the pool of candidates for the June 13th primary election.  Voters can now evaluate the field of candidates and begin their decision-making process,” Secretary Dunlap commented.   “Such a strong show of filings is a heartening reminder of the importance of democracy on this of all days, the anniversary of Maine’s admission to the Union.”

Depending on the office sought, candidates were required to obtain a certain number of signatures from registered Maine voters, who are of the same political party.  A listing of the number of required signatures for each office accompanies this release.

Candidates running for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Maine House of Representatives or State Senate within the Democratic, Green Independent or Republican parties were required by law to submit these 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, also were required by law to complete petition forms.

Non-party candidates--individuals not enrolled in a qualified political party--may also circulate petitions to run for office.  These candidates do not appear on the primary election ballot because they are not seeking a party’s nomination.  Rather, these candidates will appear on the November 7, 2006 general election ballot.  Non-party candidates must collect a designated number of signatures based on the office sought.  Unlike party candidate petitions, any registered voter may sign the petition of non-party candidates.  Non-party petitions must be filed by June 1, 2006.


Party Candidates, March 15th  

 

Office

Minimum Signatures

Maximum
Signatures

 
 

United States Senator

2,000

3,000

 
 

Governor

2,000

3,000

 
 

Representative to Congress

1,000

1,500

 
 

State Senator

100

150

 
 

Representative to the Legislature

25

40

 
 

County Commissioner

50

75

 
 

Other County Officers

150

200

 

  

Non-Party Candidates, June 1st

 

Office

Minimum Signatures

Maximum
Signatures

 
 

United States Senator

4,000

6,000

 
 

Governor

4,000

6,000

 
 

Representative to Congress

2,000

3,000

 
 

State Senator

200

300

 
 

Representative to the Legislature

50

80

 
 

County Commissioner

100

150

 
 

Other County Officers

300

400

 
 

Knox County Budget

25

40

 
 

Aroostook County Finance

25

40