2017-04-20 / Front Page

Adam Cote makes it official; he’s running for governor

Senior Staff Writer

SPRINGVALE — In mid-February, attorney, businessman and veteran Adam Cote said he was contemplating a run for governor of Maine in 2018.

Now, he says, he’s in. 

On Wednesday, Cote, 44, of Sanford, filed notice with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices that he will seek the Democratic nod for governor in the June 2018 primary.

While it is too soon to be collecting signatures for nomination — petitions won’t be available until the end of this year — filing with the ethics panel is a step any candidate must take when mounting a traditionally-funded campaign as Cote is, or seeking public campaign funding.

Cote, who is to soon mark 20 years in the Maine Army National  Guard, told his Facebook followers first; his campaign issued a news release just a few moments later.

”With new leadership grounded in Maine values like hard work, innovation, a welcoming spirit and a belief that every person is deserving of respect, we will grow a strong economy that works for all of us, with good paying jobs in every part of Maine,” Cote said. “I know we can turn the page from the dead-end politics of division, strengthen the state we love, and leave it stronger and better for our kids and future generations.”

The Democratic field may be crowded. Former Maine House of Representative speaker Mark Eves said he is mulling the question. Also said to be eyeing a Democratic run are Attorney General Janet Mills, businessman Adam Lee and former state senator Justin Alfond.

This is not Cote's first political run for office, but it is the first since 2008, when Cote, the political newcomer at the time, came in second in his bid for the Democratic primary for the 1st Congressional District, losing to winner Chellie Pingree  in a six-way race that also included  former legislators Michael Brennan and Ethan Strimling.

A graduate of Colby College and the University of Maine School of Law, Cote pointed out that in that earlier race, he won in every mill town or former mill town in the district, including Biddeford,  Sanford and Saco, among others.

“I was born and raised in Sanford, Maine, where Paulina and I are raising our own young family today,” Cote said in a statement, “I love Maine and I believe deeply in service. I have not spent much time in Augusta, but I have learned leadership through 20 years as a soldier in places like Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and 16 years in the private sector as both a small businessman and a renewable energy attorney.”

Cote has earned numerous military awards, including a bronze star for his service in Afghanistan.

Maine treasurer Terry Hayes of Buckfield announced April 14 that she will run as an unenrolled candidate for governor.

Others who have filed with the ethics commission for the governor’s race include Democrat Patrick Eisenhart of Augusta, Libertarian Richard Light of Liberty and Republican Deril Stubenrod of Clinton.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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