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UPDATED: Maine Governor Wannabes
UPDATED: Maine Governor Wannabes

Paul LePage cannot run for another term as Maine governor. He has done massive damage to the state’s environmental safety net. Maine’s next gubernatorial election is set for November 6, 2018. It will be the first in the state’s history to be conducted by ranked choice voting, though an advisory by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court suggesting that ranked choice voting is unconstitutional has left the election format uncertain. According to Portland Press Herald, Wikipedia and Ballotpedia, as of November 6, 2017, there are 11 declared Democratic candidates, 4 declared Republican candidates, and 6 others. Plus a bunch of possibles in the wings. Here is the list. Protection of Maine’s land, water, air and wildlife is one of the most important issues facing Maine. What are the policies of each of the candidates?

DEMOCRATS

Declared

James Boyle
Age: 59
Gorham
Profession: Environmental consultant
Previous elected office: Maine Senate 2012-2014

Adam Cote
Age: 44
Hometown: Sanford
Profession: Attorney, Maine National Guard combat vet
Previous elected office: Sanford School Committee, 2010-2013

Mark Dion
Age: 62
Hometown: Portland
Profession: Attorney
Previous elected office: Cumberland County Sheriff, 1998-2010; Maine House of Representatives, 2010-2016; Maine Senate, 2016-present

Patrick Eisenhart
Age: 75
Hometown: Augusta
Profession: Retired U.S. Coast Guard commander
Previous elected office: None

Mark Eves
Age: 40
Hometown: North Berwick
Profession: Family therapist
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives 2008-2016; Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives 2012-2016

Janet Mills
Age: 69
Hometown: Farmington
Profession: Maine Attorney General
Previous elected office: District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, 1980-1992; Maine House of Representatives, 2002-2008; Attorney General, 2008-2011; 2013-present

Ken Pinet
Age: ?
Hometown: ?
Profession: ?
Previous elected office: ?

Diane Russell
Age: 41
Hometown: Portland
Profession: Public relations, political consulting
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2008-2016

Cynthia Soma-Hernandez
Age: ?
Hometown: ?
Profession: ?
Previous elected office: ?

Betsy Sweet
Age: 60
Hometown: Hallowell
Profession: Former director of Maine Women’s Lobby
Previous elected office: None

J. Martin Vachon
Age: ?
Hometown: Mariaville
Profession: ?
Previous elected office: ?

Potential
John Baldacci, former Governor
Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State; former candidate for U.S. Senage
Adam Lee, businessman
Mike Michaud, former U.S. Rep and nominee for governor in 2014
Chellie Pingree, U.S. Rep

Declined
Justin Alfond, former President of Maine Senate
Yellow Light Breen, CEO of Maine Development Foundation
Adam Goode, former state rep
Troy Jackson, Maine Senate Minority Leader
Stephen King, author
Hannah Pingree, former Speaker of Maine House of Reps
Lucas St. Clair, nonprofit executive; candidate for Maine 2nd Congressional District


REPUBLICANS

Declared

Kenneth Fredette
Age: 53
Hometown: Newport
Profession: State House Minority Leader
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2012-present

Garrett Mason
Age: 32
Hometown: Lewiston
Profession: State Senate Majority Leader
Previous elected office: State Senator from Maine’s 22nd District

Mary Mayhew
Age: 53
Hometown: South China
Profession: Former lobbyist; former Commissioner of Department of Health and Human Services , 2011-2017
Previous elected office: None

Michael Thibodeau
Age: 51
Hometown: Winterport
Profession: Maine Senate President
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2006-2010; Maine Senate 2010-present; Winterport Selectboard

Potential
Roger Katz, Maine Senator
Shawn Moody, business executive; former candidate for governor, 2010
Bruce Poliquin, U.S. Rep; former Maine Treasurer, 2010-2012; former candidate for governor, 2010; former U.S. Senate candidate, 2012
Josh Tardy, former Maine House Minority Leader; lobbyist

Declined
Rick Bennett, former Maine Senate President; former Maine Republican Party chair; former U.S. House candidate, 1994; former U.S. Senate candidate, 2012
Susan Collins, U.S. Senator; nominee for governor, 1994
Peter Vigue, business executive


OTHERS

Alan Caron
Age: 65
Hometown: Freeport
Profession: Principal at Caron Communications, former President of GrowSmart Maine; former President of Envison Maine
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Independent


Jay Dresser
Age: 61 (as of September, 2016)
Hometown: Bangor
Profession: Former banker
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Green Party

Terry Hayes
Age: 59
Hometown: Buckfield
Profession: Maine State Treasurer
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2006-2014; MSAD 39 School Committee member, 1991-2004
Party affiliation: Independent

Richard Light
Age: 46
Hometown: Lewiston
Profession: Social worker
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Libertarian

Betsy Marsano
Age: 67
Hometown: Waldo
Profession: Retired, formerly worked at the Family Crisis Center in Portland and for the Volunteer Lawyers Project
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Green Party

Karmo Sanders
Age: ?
Hometown: ?
Profession: ?
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: ?

Potential
John Jenkins, former mayor of Lewiston; former mayor of Auburn

Declined
Eliot Cutler, former candidate for governor, 2010 and 2014
Angus King, U.S. Senator; former Maine governor
Dick Woodbury, former state Senator

Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 (Archive on Monday, November 27, 2017)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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