FALMOUTH — Independent candidate for Maine’s open U.S. Senate seat Steve Woods says that if elected he’ll donate his entire Senate salary for all six years of his term to charity.

Woods says he’d form an independent committee comprised of business, nonprofits and social service leaders who would decide which local charities would receive funding. Woods says people have a social responsibility to each other and he’s fortunate enough to be able to donate his salary to help those who are struggling.

The salary for a U.S. senator is currently $174,000 a year.

Woods challenged independent Angus King to make a similar pledge. Also in the race are Republican Charlie Summers, Democrat Cynthia Dill, and independent Danny Dalton.

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