Angus King visits Franklin County
FARMINGTON - The former governor and a candidate for a U.S. senatorial seat spent the day in Franklin County Friday, touring the Wilton and Farmington downtown areas before heading north for a dinner in Rangeley.
Angus King, of Brunswick, is running as an independent for the senate seat currently held by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who has elected to not run again for her seat. Running against King is Republican Charlie Summers, the Maine secretary of state who lives in Scarborough, and Democrat Cynthia Dill, a state legislator from Cape Elizabeth. Other candidates include Danny Dalton, Stephen Woods and Andrew Dodge, all of whom are running as either independent or unenrolled candidates.
King said he spent the morning visiting businesses in Wilton, learning about the activity at the former Bass Mill and call centers as well as meeting small business owners in the downtown area. Following lunch at the Homestead Bakery with local residents, King planned a similar tour throughout the Farmington downtown.
"The best part of this is meeting people, particularly in small towns," King said. "You always learn something."
Adding that "Farmington looks great," King drew parallels between the busy downtown and other communities he had visited recently, such as Eastport and other small towns, where he said he was seeing signs of revitalization.
King's trip concluded in the northern part of the county Friday evening, with a dinner in the Rangeley area.