Veteran, attorney Adam Cote files to run for governor as Democrat …
AUGUSTA Adam Cote, a renewable energy entrepreneur and veteran, has filed paperwork to run for governor on the Democratic ticket. Cote, of Sanford, is among the first of what is expected to be a crowded field of Democrats seeking the party s nomination in 2018. Last week, Maine Treasurer Terry Hayes of Buckfield, an independent, filed to run for governor, joining three other official candidates: Patrick Eisenhart of Augusta, a Democrat; Richard Light of Liberty, a Libertarian; and Deril Stubenrod of Clinton, a Republican.
Many more Democrats and Republicans are expected to run for their respective party primaries to succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who is serving his second and final term. Cote is a 44-year-old attorney who focuses on energy and utility issues and is co-founder and CEO of the company Thermal Energy Storage of Maine. He has served 20 years in the Maine National Guard with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia is a recipient of the Bronze Star and in 2014 was named by President Obama one of 10 veterans nationwide as a Champion of Change for his work on clean energy and energy security. The father of five finished second behind Chellie Pingree in the 2008 Democratic primary for Maine s 1st Congressional District.
Cote registered as a candidate Wednesday with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. In a statement, Cote said he wants to turn the page from the dead-end politics of division.
- ^ more Democrats and Republicans are expected to run (www.pressherald.com)