Former state Sen. Dana Dow has filed his intention to seek the House seat that represents the Waldoboro area.

Dow’s entrance into the race means there may be a contested Republican primary for the Maine House District 50 seat that represents Waldoboro, Nobleboro, Bremen and part of Jefferson. Henry Simmons of Nobleboro has also filed his intent with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to seek the House seat as a Republican.

The House District 50 seat is held by Democratic Rep. Wendy Pieh of Bremen. Pieh has yet to announce her intention. She has served in the House for four terms including the past two two-year terms, representing District 50.

Simmons sought the seat in 2008 as a Republican but lost to Pieh.

Dow served two terms in the Maine Senate, representing Lincoln County; he was elected in 2004 and 2006. He opted against seeking re-election in 2008, citing business demands. He owns and operates Dow Furniture.

That Senate seat was later filled by Republican A. David Trahan of Waldoboro. Trahan is seeking re-election to the Maine Senate District 20 seat.

The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers with the Maine Secretary of State to make the June 8 primary ballot is March 15. Unenrolled candidates have until June 1 to file papers to make the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

Dow will run as a privately financed candidate. Simmons has filed to become a publicly financed candidate.