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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud has kicked off his campaign for Maine governor, saying it's time to put aside divisive partisan politics and restore leadership in Augusta.

Michaud on Thursday made his candidacy official at a noontime rally at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston, with about 200 supporters.

In his remarks, Michaud took aim at Republican Gov. Paul LePage, saying his extreme agenda and partisan politics are hurting Maine.

Michaud's announcement sets up a three-way race in the November 2014 election against LePage and independent Eliot Cutler. But first he'll have to win the Democratic primary.

The 58-year-old Michaud is serving his sixth term in Congress representing Maine's 2nd Congressional District. He's from East Millinocket and previously worked in a paper mill for more than two decades.

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