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Former Maine Republican Gov. LePage registers to run again

July 1, 2021 GMT
FILE- In this May 5, 2018, file photo Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Republican Convention, in Augusta, Maine. LePage registered Thursday, July 1, 2021 as a candidate for governor in the state once again. LePage, a Republican governor from 2011 to 2019, has long hinted that he might challenge Democratic Gov. Janet Mills in 2022. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
FILE- In this May 5, 2018, file photo Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Republican Convention, in Augusta, Maine. LePage registered Thursday, July 1, 2021 as a candidate for governor in the state once again. LePage, a Republican governor from 2011 to 2019, has long hinted that he might challenge Democratic Gov. Janet Mills in 2022. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage registered Thursday as a candidate for governor in the state once again.

LePage, a Republican governor from 2011 to 2019, has long hinted that he might challenge Democratic Gov. Janet Mills in 2022. LePage and Mills were frequent rivals when LePage was governor and Mills was the state’s attorney general.

The Maine Ethics Commission website stated on Thursday that LePage is an active candidate based in the Lincoln County town of Edgecomb. The site stated that LePage registered on Thursday and is seeking the office of governor.

LePage has also launched a website that includes a countdown clock to an announcement of some kind. The website allows visitors to sign up for campaign updates.

LePage was termed out of office in 2019, but under Maine law, a former governor can serve again as long as they never serve more than two consecutive terms.

He was a controversial figure as a governor. LePage’s eight years in office included frequent sparring with the media, Democrats and liberal interest groups.