BANGOR, Maine — Former Bangor City Council Chairman Cary Weston announced Monday afternoon that he will run for Maine’s District 32 state Senate seat.

Weston said in a news release that he had considered running for Congress, but decided to run for state office because “my passion [is] for my state and my region, not Washington, D.C.”

“For more than a year, a lot of people have talked to me and told me to run for Congress in Maine’s 2nd District,” Weston wrote. “Even more calls came in after Congressman Mike Michaud announced he would run for governor. I owed it to myself to consider the option.”

Weston said Tuesday he would be running as a Republican. District 32, which includes Bangor and Hermon, is currently held by Democratic Maine Sen. Geoff Gratwick, a former Bangor City Council colleague of Weston’s.

Gratwick beat out incumbent state Republican Sen. Nichi Farnham in Nov. 2012 after a lengthy, expensive campaign that brought in more than $450,000 in outside spending.

Weston, a graduate of Bangor High School and owner of Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications, was elected to Bangor City Council in 2009, serving as chairman from 2011 to 2012.

“I see both sides bickering through partisan ideology,” Weston said. “Without working together — individuals, municipalities and state government — we cannot move forward effectively with budgetary and fiscal policy. I am running to change that.”