Rep. Hinck likely to announce Senate plans Nov. 12 in Orono

Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland, has announced plans to address students, guests, and the media at 11 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 12 at the Memorial Union on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

He’s expected to formally announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate against Olympia Snowe.

Hinck, a three-term representative and an attorney by trade, already has formed an exploratory committee.

“After spending more than three decades in Washington, Olympia Snowe has lost touch with Maine,” Hinck said in a statement announcing the Nov. 12 event. “A quick look at her campaign shows that she is financed by wealthy out-of-Staters and special interest groups like Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Goldman Sachs, and even Haliburton.

“Olympia Snowe talks one way in Washington and a different way in Maine. People’s voices are not being heard and working families are not a priority in the U.S. Senate.”

Hinck has to get through a primary before he gets to Snowe, though. Former Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has formed a campaign to run for Senate as well.