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.