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Dem Woods Files Gubernatorial Paperwork in Maine
02/01/2013 7:32 AM ET  

Democrat Steve Woods said he plans to spend a few months traveling the state to listen to people's concerns during an ``exploratory period.''

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) _ Democrat Steve Woods, who announced in November that he intends to run for governor, has filed paperwork with the Maine ethics commission to make it official.

The town council chairman and entrepreneur from Yarmouth said he plans to spend a few months traveling the state to listen to people's concerns during an ``exploratory period.''

Woods is returning to the Democratic Party after an independent bid for U.S. Senate. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant said he welcomes Woods' enthusiasm.

Other Democrats including former Gov. John Baldacci are considered seeking the party nomination. Independent Eliot Cutler also has said he's running for governor.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has set up a re-election committee but there's been no official announcement on whether he plans to run for a second term.

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