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Democratic candidate Janet Mills attempted to lay claim Tuesday to a key issue in the four-way race for governor — the economy. She presented a range of initiatives designed to encourage small-business growth while addressing Maine’s dearth of skilled workers and and its aging labor pool.

In most states, independent candidates for major office are given little notice by the media or by voters. But Maine is different, and its on again, off again love affair with independents started years ago.

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:

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Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says ballots are being printed and election preparations are going forward, despite Gov. Paul LePage's veto of additional money needed to conduct the fall election.

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The four candidates running to become Maine’s next governor participated in their first forum in Lewiston Monday night. The event was hosted by the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and accordingly focused on a slate of business and economic issues.

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The progressive group that spent more than $190 million in the 2016 election is using a unique social media tactic to influence the Maine race for governor.

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Maine's major-party gubernatorial candidates are running nearly even among the 50-and-older crowd.  That's the finding of a new AARP poll out Wednesday.

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The campaign to bring universal home care to Maine officially launched Tuesday.

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Some are calling 2018 the year of the woman.

The sentiment is fueled by the backlash to President Donald Trump, whose inauguration prompted millions to take to the streets for the Women's March in Washington, D.C. and around the country. And it's been sustained by a #metoo movement that has disrupted the power dynamic in Hollywood, media, politics and the workplace. Now, a record number of women are running for elected office, and many are asking how all of this energy might affect the upcoming election in Maine.

Supporters of a fall ballot question that would create a universal home health care system by assigning new taxes on Maine’s higher earners may not want to link the issue with their choice for governor. That’s because all four gubernatorial candidates have now declared their opposition to the initiative, which would provide daily in-home living services for Mainers older than 65 and those with disabilities through new targeted payroll taxes.

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S. Donald Sussman, the hedge fund manager and philanthropist with extensive ties to Maine, is among a triumvirate of progressive mega-donors who are trying to break the Republican grip on state houses and governors’ offices. And Maine is among the group’s targets.

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Independent Sen. Angus King received the support Friday of two former prominent Maine U.S. senators from opposing parties.

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