Two Republican candidates have filed their intent to challenge incumbent Democratic House members from the Midcoast.

Wendy Pelletier of Hope has filed paperwork with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices as a first step to be a publicly financed candidate for the Maine House District 44 seat. That seat is held by Democratic Rep. Andrew O’Brien of Lincolnville.

O’Brien, who is serving his first term, has also filed his intent to be a publicly financed candidate.

House District 44 consists of Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville, Searsmont, Morrill and Liberty.

Pelletier, who chairs the Hope Republican Committee, said she went to Augusta on Mondays last year to speak out against or speak in support of various bills as a private citizen. She said she wants to change from being someone who recommends policies to one who can help shape them at the legislative level.

The Hope woman works at Elegant Nails in Camden.

Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea has filed her intent to be a publicly financed candidate for the Maine House District 52 seat. That seat is held by Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Miller of Somerville.

Miller has also announced her intent to seek re-election and has filed to be a publicly financed candidate.

Sanderson is a billing specialist at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta.

The Republican challenger said she decided to run because she no longer wanted to be an armchair quarterback but instead wanted to jump into the fray and be a voice for the people.

House District 52 represents Washington, Somerville, most of Jefferson, Whitefield, Hibberts Gore and Chelsea.

The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers with the Maine Secretary of State’s Office to get on the June 8 primary ballot is March 15. Unenrolled candidates have until June 1 to file in order to get on the Nov. 2 general election ballot along with the party primary winners.