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The four candidates in Maine’s race for governor offered up their views on the economy, the workforce and education Wednesday morning, during a forum hosted by the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

1-1:30 p.m.: Alan Caron, independent candidate for governor

1:30-2 p.m.: Eric Brakey, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate

For more Your Vote 2018 resources, visit mainepublic.org/yourvote.

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the midterm election conversation Monday, endorsing 260 candidates in federal and state races across the country.

That brings the former president's list of endorsed candidates for November's midterms, all Democrats, to over 300, as he released a tranche of endorsements in August as well.

Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

1-1:30 p.m.: Maine Public political reporters Mal Leary and Steve Mistler discuss down-ballot races and the issues likely to dominate the next legislative session.

1:30-2 p.m.: Shawn Moody, Republican candidate for governor

For more Your Vote 2018 resources, visit mainepublic.org/yourvote.

Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

1-1:30 p.m.: Terry Hayes, independent candidate for governor

1:30-2 p.m.: Tiffany Bond, independent candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District

For more Your Vote 2018 resources, visit mainepublic.org/yourvote.

Maine television viewers can expect to see an uptick in political advertising for the gubernatorial race ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills outraised Republican rival Shawn Moody over a two-month stretch this summer to take the overall fundraising lead in the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Paul LePage.

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Groups that can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections have combined to bring in nearly $3 million already on Maine legislative and gubernatorial races.

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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 the Democratic candidate in the race for Maine governor.

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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