Yarmouth council chairman seeks U.S. Senate seat

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YARMOUTH — Town Council Chairman Steve Woods announced he has submitted petitions to the Maine secretary of state to be an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Woods, who has been a councilor since 2010, is running to replace U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. He joins former Gov. Angus King as an independent candidate in the race.

State law requires non-party candidates for U.S. Senate to gather at least 4,000 and no more than 6,000 signatures of registered voters and submit them to local registrars by May 25. The petitions with certified signatures must be submitted to the secretary of state by 5 p.m. on June 1.

Four Democrats and six Republican candidates are seeking their party nominations in the June 12 primary elections. The general election will be held Nov. 6.