Paul LePage Enters Maine Governor’s Race

Paul R. LePage, the previous two-term Republican governor of Maine, is planning to hunt his previous workplace once more in 2022, saying on Monday “I am in” regardless of having left the state for sunny Florida after his earlier time period ended and declaring himself accomplished with politics.

Mr. LePage, 72, was succeeded as governor by a Democrat, Janet Mills, however the state’s term-limits regulation permits him to run for a 3rd nonconsecutive time period, which he has signaled his curiosity in for nearly a yr.

A Republican who shunned protocol and employed incendiary rhetoric earlier than former President Donald J. Trump’s arrival on the political scene, Mr. LePage left workplace with a 40 % approval ranking.

He courted controversy from the very begin of his administration. In 2011, he mentioned he would skip occasions for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and instructed the N.A.A.C.P. to “kiss my butt.” That was simply the primary in a sequence of inflammatory remarks on race from Mr. LePage throughout his governorship.

With his problem to Ms. Mills, the 2022 race can be the uncommon contest pitting two governors — one former and one present — in opposition to each other.

“We must work toward building a better future based on individual liberty, fiscal responsibility, and an economy which empowers everyone including our rural communities,” Mr. LePage mentioned in a Facebook posting.

Maine has been a battleground state in nationwide races, with Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, dismissing an costly problem in 2020 and each the Trump marketing campaign and that of President Biden competing aggressively for one electoral vote within the state.