(NEWS CENTER) -- Six Republican candidates are competing for the chance to replace Olympia Snowe in the U.S. Senate.
--Rick Bennett is a former president of the Maine Senate, who has been out of elective office for eight years. He is chief executive officer of an investment research company based in Portland.
--Scott D'Amboise is a former selectman in Lisbon, ran for Congress in the 2nd district in 2006. He operates a small business and is currently working as an opthalmic technician.
--Debra Plowman is the assistant republican leader in the Maine Senate, and the co-owner of an overhead-door business in Hampden.
--Bruce Poliquin is Maine's State Treasurer and a former investment manager. He ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for governor two years ago.
--William Schneider is a former legislator, now Maine's Attorney General. He is a former assistant U-S attorney, and a retired Army Captain.
--Charlie Summers is currently Maine's Secretary of State. He is a former regional administrator for the Small Business Asdministration, a former state legislator, a former aide to Sen. Snowe, a commander in the Navy Reserve, and has twice run for Congress in the 1st district.
NEWS CENTER's Pat Callaghan asks questions of the candidates, and is be joined by Matt Stone from our media partner the Bangor Daily News.