Yarmouth Town Council chairman seeks Senate seat

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YARMOUTH — The field of independent candidates looking to replace Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, expanded today as Town Councilor Steve Woods announced his intention to run.

Woods, who also is the president and CEO of Falmouth-based TideSmart Global, joins former Maine Gov. Angus King as an independent candidate for the six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

Woods said he took out nomination papers this week from the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions.

As a non-party candidate, Woods is required to get at least 4,000 signatures – and no more than 6,000 signatures – of registered voters and return the petitions to the Maine Secretary of State’s office by 5 p.m.  June 1.

Woods must also establish he has not been a member of a political party since Jan. 1 to qualify as a non-party candidate.

“I plan to seek this national office as an independent candidate so that the only party I will be indebted to will be the party of Maine residents,” Woods said in a press release.

Woods was elected to his first three-year term on the Yarmouth Town Council in 2010.

King served two terms as Maine’s governor from 1995 through January 2003.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow David on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.