Jackson, Willette to run for Maine's 2nd Congressional District

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Two Maine lawmakers, including one who drew the ire of Gov. Paul LePage, are running for Congress.

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash filed papers Monday to become a candidate in the 2nd Congressional District race, saying Maine needs someone to stand up for the middle class, rural communities and schools, and small businesses.

Assistant House Republican Leader Alex Willette of Mapleton also announced his candidacy, saying his campaign will focus on jobs and the need for "fresh, new leadership."

LePage used an off-color remark to attack Jackson over the state budget, and Jackson said Monday that "Republicans in Congress have been acting just like our governor."

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is considering a run for governor, potentially leaving an open seat in the sprawling 2nd District.

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