Party members chose O'Connell and Craig as their candidates during caucuses in January. The winner will serve the remainder of Verow's term, which ends in December.
The special election takes place the same day as Maine's presidential primary and a statewide referendum asking voters if they want to repeal a new state law eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions from school vaccination requirements.
Craig said he is looking to return to the Legislature to continue addressing budget and spending issues that he focused on in his first term.
"We need to get a better handle on our spending," he said. "I think we should spend what we have and do less bond work."
Craig said he would like to resume his work on the Legislature's
If elected, Craig said, he would not support any new taxes.
O'Connell has served
He's now looking to represent the city in
"It's something I've always wanted to do," he said. "I didn't want to do it if Archie was doing it. I was going to wait until he was done."
O'Connell has worked as a lineman for
If elected, he said he wants to focus on transportation issues, especially the
"I'm proud to try to carry on the legacy of service that was so important to our great friend
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