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The MEN Guide to Gubernatorial Candidates
The MEN Guide to Gubernatorial Candidates

The general election to choose Maine's next governor is set for November 6, 2018. The Democratic and Republican primary elections on June 12 will use Ranked Choice Voting. Several candidates have dropped out or failed to meet the deadline to submit the minimum number of signatures from Maine voters. Seven Democrats, four Republicans, and five Independents remain standing. Here is the updated list. Repairing the damage done by the LePage Administration to Maine’s land, water, air and wildlife safety net will be a major job for the next governor. Ask each of these candidates about their conservation policies, if any.

DEMOCRATS

Adam Cote
Age: 44
Residence: Sanford
Profession: Attorney; Maine National Guard combat vet
Previous elected office: Sanford School Committee, 2010-2013
Best Known For: Being a good soldier.

Donna Dion
Age: 66
Residence: Biddeford
Profession: Finance professional
Previous elected office: Mayor , Biddeford, 1997-2003; Chair, School Committee, Biddeford; Maine gubernatorial candidate, 2010
Best Known For: Being a financial prima donna.

Mark Dion
Age: 62
Residence: Portland
Profession: Attorney
Previous elected office: Cumberland County Sheriff, 1998-2010; Maine House of Representatives, 2010-2016; Maine Senate, 2016-present
Best Known For: Being a good cop.

Mark Eves
Age: 40
Residence: North Berwick
Profession: Family therapist
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2008-2016; Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, 2012-2016
Best Known For: Being outsmarted by Paul LePage, who ain’t too smart.

Janet Mills
Age: 69
Residence: 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
Best Known For: Believing she was born to run for governor.

Diane Russell
Age: 41
Residence: Portland
Profession: Public relations, political consulting
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2008-2016
Best Known For: Being liberal on causes and with spending contributions on herself.

Betsy Sweet
Age: 60
Residence: Hallowell
Profession: Lobbyist; former director of Maine Women’s Lobby
Previous elected office: None
Best Known For: Being a sweet lefty.

Dropped out or failed to make ballot
James Boyle
Dominic Crocitto
Steve DeAngelis
Patrick Eisenhart
Sean Faircloth
Kenneth Pinet
Cynthia Soma-Hernandez
J. Martin Vachon


REPUBLICANS

Kenneth Fredette
Age: 53
Residence: Newport
Profession: State House Minority Leader
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2012-present
Best Known For: Doing whatever Gov LePage wants, though failing to get his endorsement.

Garrett Mason
Age: 32
Residence: Lewiston
Profession: State Senate Majority Leader
Previous elected office: Maine State Senate, 2010-present
Best Known For: Pushing for more guns in more places to benefit his gun lobby benefactors.

Mary Mayhew
Age: 53
Residence: South China
Profession: Former lobbyist; former Commissioner of Department of Health and Human Services , 2011-2017
Previous elected office: None
Best Known For: Gloating about kicking tens of thousands of Mainers off health insurance.

Shawn Moody
Age: 58
Residence: Gorham
Profession: Auto body shop owner
Previous elected office: None; former Independent candidate for governor, 2010
Best Known For: Being handy with cars, but clueless about governing.

Dropped out or failed to make ballot
Deril Stubenrod
Michael Thibodeau

OTHERS

Ethan Weld Alcorn
Age: 53
Residence: Saco
Profession: Landscape business owner; property manager
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Independent
Best Known For: Running despite having no chance.

Kenneth A. Capron
Age: 67
Residence: Portland
Profession: Retired; former CPA, MCSE, systems analyst, fraud investigator
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Independent
Best Known For: Being a self-described contrarian.

Alan Caron
Age: 66
Residence: Freeport
Profession: Principal at Caron Communications, former President of GrowSmart Maine; former President of Envison Maine
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Independent
Best Known For: Campaigning for smart government.

Terry Hayes
Age: 59
Residence: Buckfield
Profession: Maine State Treasurer
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2006-2014; MSAD 39 School Committee member, 1991-2004
Party affiliation: Independent
Best Known For: Jilting the Democratic Party.

John Jenkins
Age: 65
Residence: Auburn
Profession: Teacher, motivational speaker, martial arts trainer
Previous elected office: Lewiston mayor, 1994-1998; Maine Senate, 1996-1998; Auburn mayor, 2007-2009; write-in candidate for Maine governor, 2010
Party affiliation: Independent
Best Known For: Talking too much.

Dropped out or failed to make ballot
Gilbert Doughty, Libertarian
Jay Dresser, Green Party
Richard Light, Libertarian
Betsy Marsano, Green Party
Martha Karmo Sanders, Independent

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 (Archive on Friday, June 29, 2018)
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