Maine Public staff

It’s geographically vast and rural.  It was held by Democrats for nearly 20 years and most recently by a Republican. But now, it’s been identified as a seat that’s up for grabs. This week on Maine’s Political Pulse, we’re talking about Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Sharing their insights on that four-way race are Maine Public political reporters Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  They spoke with Maine Public’s Deputy News Director Susan Sharon.

Alan Caron, who’s running as an independent in the race for governor, is a Maine native and founder of GrowSmart Maine and Envision Maine.

Janet Mills, Maine’s current attorney general, is among seven Democrats running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Democrat Janet Mills was district attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties from 1980 to 1992. She was then elected to the Maine House of Representatives, where she served from 2002 to 2008.

Terry Hayes, who is running as an independent for governor, is a Maine native and a graduate of Bowdoin College. She has been a school teacher and managed adult education programs, and has served on the school board in Buckfield, where she lives.

Hayes was elected to the state Legislature for 8 years as a Democrat, served in Democratic House leadership and was elected state treasurer twice as an independent. She spoke with Maine Public’s Mal Leary:

Shawn Moody is founder of Moody’s Collision Centers, a Maine chain of auto body repair shops that he founded right out of graduating from Gorham High School.

In 2010, Moody ran unsuccessfully for governor as an unenrolled candidate. He served on the board of trustees of the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System.

After joining the Republican Party, Moody won the party nomination for governor this past June.

Maine Public’s Mal Leary in June asked Moody what sets him apart from the field:

Maine game wardens say they've located an East Millinocket woman who went missing after planning to hike in the Mount Katahdin region on Sunday.

Today we begin a new series of talks here on Morning Edition, tapping into the expertise of our top political reporters, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary. With them, we’ll be taking Maine's political pulse.

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