Biddeford independent eyes congressional seat
By Kate Irish Collins
A Current Publishing, LLC publication
Biddeford independent Bob Mills has announced he is forming an exploratory committee to look
into the possibility of running for the first district congressional seat in November of 2008.
The seat, currently held by Democratic Congressman Tom Allen, could be up for grabs if Allen
decides to run for the U.S. Senate against Republican Sen. Susan Collins next year.
Mills said this week his decision is ³not necessarily a result² of Allen¹s possible senate bid. ³I think
it¹s important that our veterans and independent voters are represented,² Mills said about his
reasons for running.
A veteran himself, Mills criticized Allen Monday for allowing Iraq War protestors, who came to his
office to discuss the situation in Iraq, to be arrested for voicing their dissent.
³I am considering this opportunity due to the fact that independent voters are not represented in
Maine or in Washington D.C.,² Mills said in a press release issued at the end of last week.
Mills is forming the exploratory committee to ³see if there is any interest in an independent
candidate.² He will survey voters in the first district by knocking on doors to talk about his ideas.
Mills said he will make a decision on whether to run in the next few months, although he has
already filed his intention of running with the federal elections commission.
Right now the Legislature is looking at increasing the minimum number of signatures (2,000)
required to get an independent on the ballot for governor, which could affect the number of
signatures Mills would need to collect.
This past November, Mills was unsuccessful in his bid as in independent for York County
While living in Texas in 1998, Mills tried to run for a Congress as a member of the U.S.
Constitutional Party. But the party didn¹t garner enough support to get its slate of candidates onto
Mills has served as a member of the charter commission in Biddeford and is currently a member
of the city¹s wastewater management, environmental and cultural affairs commissions.
Mills is also an associate supervisor on the York County Water and Soil District and volunteers
with the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk and the Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center
Mills earned a bachelor¹s degree in political science from Texas Wesleyan University and is
pursuing a master¹s degree in accounting from Liberty University in Virginia. He has management
experience and regularly consults with clients on taxes, investments, annuities and insurance.
Go online to www.millsofmaine.us, or call 571-9108, for more information about Mills and his
potential run for Congress.
Kate Irish Collins