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Libertarian Enters Maine's 1st Congressional District Race

AUGUSTA, Maine - A congressional candidate from Brunswick is hoping the new certification of the Libertarian Party of Maine will boost his bid to win Maine's 1st Congressional District seat.

Jim Bouchard, who describes himself as a leadership trainer and founder of a martial arts center, is running as a write-in candidate. He won't appear on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says write-in candidates face tough obstacles. "The challenges that face a write-in candidate are quite a few. First of all, their names don't appear on the ballot so they really have to be able to convince people to write them in."

In a press statement, Bouchard said that the new certification of the Libertarian Party, and voters' dissatisfaction with the status quo, will help him in an effort to upset incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, and her challenger, Republican Mark Holbrook, also of Brunswick.