Former independent State Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos has filed papers to return to the Maine House.

Evangelos, a Friendship resident, served two terms, being elected in 2012 and 2014 to represent House District 91, which consists of Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and part of Union.

He did not seek reelection in 2016 so he could work on the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Evangelos was a vocal critic of Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

Evangelos has also served as Warren town manager, being hired in 1976, and was business manager for School Administrative District 40 from 1980 to 1994.

He is running again as an unenrolled (independent) candidate.

"Political governance, if you can call it that, (it's more like dysfunction), has swung way too far to the right, with the disastrous consequences of political discord for our state and nation. Those legislators who have been voting in lock-step with LePage and Trump need to be replaced through the democratic process. Tax cuts for the wealthy, blocking access to affordable health care, renewable energy, and livable wages are all bedrock right-wing values that need immediate correction. The political pendulum is going to swing back to a more moderate and civil process and I see a wave of change on the horizon. People are fed up with Lepage's and Trump's antics. Given that I have represented the interests of working people in Maine, I feel I can contribute to this process of change as a legislator," Evangelos said.

The District 91 seat is held by Republican Abden Simmons of Waldoboro. Simmons filed his papers for reelection Tuesday, Jan. 30.

No other candidates have filed.

The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers with the Maine Secretary of State to get on the June 12 primary ballot is March 15. Unenrolled candidates have until May 25 to file papers for the Nov. 6 general election.