At an event in Portland today, Shenna Bellows kicks off her campaign for the Maine U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Susan Collins.
ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) _ The former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has formally launched her campaign for U.S. Senate.
Shenna Bellows, who's seeking the Democratic Party nomination to challenge three-term Republican Susan Collins, told supporters Wednesday in Ellsworth that the nation needs more ``courage and honesty'' in Washington.
She held the kickoff event in Ellsworth, next to the town of Hancock, where she grew up. That's being followed by events in Portland, Lewiston and Eliot, along with a rally Thursday in Presque Isle.
The 38-year-old from Manchester is the first to announce a challenge to Collins.
Bellows has never run for public office, but this will not be her first campaign. She helped lead the ballot-measure campaign to approve same-sex marriage in Maine last year
Bellows spoke in Portland today at noon. To hear her entire remarks, click the "Listen" button above.
Patty Wight provided audio for this report.
Photo: Caroline Losneck