Richard Rosen — the Bucksport Republican who announced his candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District in August, and reiterated his intention to run just two weeks ago — has withdrawn his hat from the ring.
In an email to the Bangor Daily News on Friday, Rosen said he has decided to continue his nearly two decades of public service here in Maine.
“The opportunity to represent my fellow Mainers in Washington D.C. would be a great and solemn privilege, but I have come to recognize that my preference is to serve the state in a way that allows me to remain close to the people of Maine,” Rosen wrote in an email.
He said he was “deeply touched” by the words of encouragement from family and friends.
Rosen served in the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2004, when he was elected to represent Maine’s Senate District 31, which includes towns in Hancock and Penobscot counties from Castine to Burlington. He served in the Senate from 2004 to 2012, including a stint as the senate chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee during the 125th Legislature. In 2012, he left the Legislature to serve as director of Gov. Paul LePage’s new Office of Policy and Management.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is leaving an open congressional seat in CD2 as he pursues Maine’s governorship in 2014. With Rosen’s withdrawal, the GOP primary stands at three declared candidates: former state treasurer Bruce Poliquin, former senate president Kevin Raye and retired U.S. Navy captain Blaine Richardson.
Democrats competing for their party’s candidacy include sitting Maine Sens. Emily Cain of Orono and Troy Jackson of Allagash, plus U.S Navy reservist Alden Smith of Sangerville. Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci, younger brother to former Gov. John Baldacci, is also considering a run.