House Democratic Leader Cain announces 2012 state Senate candidacy

Another high-profile legislator has announced her plans for 2012.

House Minority Leader Emily Cain, D-Orono, announced Tuesday that she is running for the Senate District 30 seat to represent Penobscot County.

“I’m running for Senate with a focus on growing our economy and putting Maine people back to work,” she said. “Maine people need representatives in Augusta that don’t just manage today’s crisis, but provide leadership and work for solutions that improve economic growth and opportunity in the long-run.”

Cain, currently serving her fourth term in the House, hopes to succeed Sen. Elizabeth Schneider, who is termed out.

“My focus is on real solutions for job creation in Maine, like investing in economic development, lowering energy costs, improving our roads and bridges, and linking business and education to prepare our workforce for the jobs of the future.”

Cain joins a growing list of lawmakers and hopefuls to announce their political intentions for 2012.

An earlier blog post has a list those who have declared so far, including Assistant House Majority Leader Andre Cushing, who is running for the District 33 Senate seat.