Sen. Susan Collins weighing Maine gubernatorial run

Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday during a radio interview that she is mulling whether to run governor in 2018.

The centrist Republican, who has served in the Senate for two decades, would succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who is set to hit the end of his term. In the past Collins has not answered questions about her plans to seek the office, but gave a more definitive answer when being interviewed by radio hosts of WGAN, a local outlet.

"Let me say that I am looking at where I can do the most good for the people of Maine," she said. "In the Senate I now have significant seniority and that allows me to do a lot.

"Coming to be governor, if I were fortunate enough to be elected … you can work on issues I care a lot about like economic development, jobs, education. And I would try to heal the state and bring people back together, which I think is important as well.