Chandler Woodcock

Chandler E. Woodcock is an American politician from Maine. Woodcock served as a Republican State Senator from Franklin County from 2000 to 2006. He was the Republican candidate for Governor of Maine in 2006. He won a close primary election by 3% on June 13, 2006, against David F. Emery and Peter Mills. He lost to Governor John Baldacci, the Democratic incumbent in the November 7 election. In 2011, Republican Governor Paul LePage nominated Woodcock to be Maine's Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and he took office in the spring of that year.[1][2]

Chandler Woodcock
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 18th district
In office
Succeeded byWalter Gooley
Personal details
BornMechanic Falls, Maine, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Maine, Farmington (BA)


Woodcock was born in Mechanic Falls, Maine, and grew up in Farmington, to a father who worked as a manager at the Forster Manufacturing Company and served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and a mother who served as a United States Marine in World War II.

Woodcock enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school, and served a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. After returning home, he earned a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington and went on to teach high school in the public school system for the next 25 years, teaching at Livermore Falls High School, Mt. Blue High School, and Skowhegan Area High School. He also served as basketball coach at each school and led the Mount Blue High School girls' varsity basketball team to two Class A state championships.[3]

Woodcock previously served for five years on the Board of Selectmen in Farmington (one year as Chairman of the Board), before being elected to the state Senate. During his first term, he served on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and the Legal and Veterans' Affairs Committee; during his second term, he served as Assistant Senate Republican Leader and on the Judiciary Committee.

Woodcock made a bid for the Governorship of Maine in 2006 but was defeated by incumbent John Baldacci. Woodcock ran as a publicly financed Clean Elections candidate.[4] In January, 2009, he became the executive director of the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association.[5] He is also the co-host (with State Representative Tom Saviello of Wilton of a Public-access television talk show on Mount Blue Community Access TV called "Talkin Maine With the Bow Tie Boys"; both Woodcock and Saviello are known locally for wearing bow ties.[6]

Woodcock is married to his wife Charlotte with whom he has three daughters and a son.

Electoral historyEdit

2006 Maine Gubernatorial Election
Candidate Party Votes Pct
General Election
John E. Baldacci (inc.) Democratic 206,811 38.03%
Chandler Woodcock Republican 164,789 30.30%
Barbara Merrill Ind. 117,079 21.53%
Pat LaMarche Green 51,992 9.56%
Phillip NaPier Ind. 3,179 0.58%
Chandler Woodcock Republican 27,025
Peter Mills Republican 24,631
David F. Emery Republican 18,388


  1. ^ Dierdre Fleming, "New Inland Fisheries and Wildlife chief still an outdoorsman at heart", Kennebec Journal, April 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Fleming, Deirdre (February 2, 2011). "Chandler Woodcock likely Maine fish and game nominee". Portland Press Herald.
  3. ^ Andrew Neff, "Ex-coach, gubernatorial candidate enjoys new role", Bangor Daily News, May 14, 2009. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2010-10-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, "Senator Chandler Woodcock Files 2,500 Qualifying Checks with Maine Ethics Commission", "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2010-10-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Bill Mac Donald, "An Interview with Chandler Woodcock", Hoof Beats, November 30, 2009. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-10-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Talkin Maine" Vimeo video page:

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Republican nominee for Governor of Maine
Succeeded by