Your Vote 2018


Monday, June 4 at 2:00 pm

Between now and Thursday, June 7, Maine Public Radio will present a series of special Your Vote 2018 primary candidate profiles in our 2 o’clock hour. On June 12, Maine voters will choose Democratic and Republican nominees for governor, and the Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

Mark Dion, a state senator, is one of seven Democrats vying for a chance at the Blaine House this fall.

Dion was a Portland police officer who was first elected Cumberland County Sheriff in 1998 and served in that post until 2016. Dion earned a bachelor’s in criminology from what is now the University of Southern Maine, a master’s degree from Antioch College and a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.

Dion was elected to the Maine House in 2010, where he served three terms. In 2016, he was elected to the Maine Senate, where he continues to serve.

Shawn Moody, founder of Moody’s Collision Centers, a Maine chain of auto body repair shops, is among four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

In 2010, Moody ran unsuccessfully for governor as an unenrolled candidate. He graduated from Gorham High School.

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

Leary: There are three other candidates in this race, and many of them are promoting the same ideas. What specific proposal or proposals make you different from your primary opponents?

Maine Gubernatorial Hopefuls Empty Campaign Accounts As June 12 Primary Nears

Jun 3, 2018
Carter F. McCall / BDN

The 11 remaining candidates in the June 12 primary to replace the term-limited Gov. Paul LePage are emptying their accounts, spending nearly nine-tenths of the $4.6 million that they raised collectively from private and public sources by this weekend.

Three of the top-tier hopefuls, Republican businessman Shawn Moody and two Democrats, attorney Adam Cote and Attorney General Janet Mills, put $75,000, $36,000 and $19,000, respectively, into their own campaigns during the past 10 days, according to updated filings with the Maine Ethics Commission available on Saturday morning.

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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King officially kicked off his re-election campaign at a rally in Brunswick.

King says he is running for a second term for the same reason he ran in 2012: Congress is broken and needs bipartisan leadership to get things done.

“I’m just going to continue to talk about the issues that I talked about this morning about opioids, forest economy, veterans and just go forward and try to convince the people of Maine to hire me for another six years,” he says.

Donna Dion, who served as Biddeford’s mayor from 1997 to 2003 as well as chair of the School Committee, is among seven Democrats running for governor.

Dion also worked for 12 years at Time Warner and as the finance director of two nonprofits, Creative Work Systems and Port Resources. Dion earned a bachelor’s from the University of Maine at Machias.

As Dion told Maine Public’s Nora Flaherty, her first focus will be on making government work:

Republican Mary Mayhew, a former cabinet member under Gov. Paul LePage, is among four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Mayhew was a lobbyist for the Maine Hospital Association for about a decade before joining LePage’s administration as a senior health policy advisor. Shortly after that, Mayhew became the LePage administration’s commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services. She remained in that post until May 2017, when she resigned to run for governor.

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The Maine Ethics Commission fined Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Russell Wednesday for not fully disclosing the purpose of dozens of campaign expenditures.

Russell avoided the maximum allowed penalty of $6,000 when the four-member commission assessed a $300 fine.

The former state representative attempted to convince the commission that state's campaign filing system is too burdensome.

"If I can't, as one of the best computer genuises in the state -- not coding -- figure out how to amend and then file the amendment, that is part of the problem," she said.

Independent Maine gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes wants her campaign volunteers to be able to show up at polling places on primary election day to distribute and display campaign literature and materials, speak with voters and collect $5 contributions for Hayes’ clean election effort.

Newell Augur, legal counsel for the Hayes for Maine campaign, says they have been told several times they can’t do that because of a statute that places restrictions on activities at polling places by a candidate whose name appears on the ballot on that election day.

Ken Fredette, an attorney who was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2010, is among four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Fredette is currently serving his fourth term in the House and was elected as the House Republican leader. He earned a bachelor’s from the University of Maine at Machias, a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and a master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Fredette talked with Maine Public’s Steve Mistler about what makes him stand out from his primary opponents:

Adam Cote, an attorney with Drummond Woodsum and a member of the Maine Army National Guard for more than 20 years, is among seven Democrats running for governor.

Cote is a decorated combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who also served in Bosnia. He is co-founder and CEO of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine. He served on the Sanford School Committee and on the board of the Midcoast Regional Development Authority.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine man who was disqualified from the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate is still posting signs across the state declaring he is "Trump strong.''
Bar Harbor financial planner Max Linn was disqualified from the Republican primary after Democratic Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap determined his nomination petition contained fraudulent signatures. The Portland Press Herald reports Linn's campaign confirmed Tuesday that it has been posting signs for the candidate, even though votes for Linn on June 12 will not be counted.

A federal judge has denied a request by the Maine Republican Party to block the use of ranked-choice voting in its June 12 primary election.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy means that all voters registered with one of the state-recognized political parties will use the new ranked-choice system in June.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says election officials are not shocked by Levy’s decision.

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The central goal of any political campaign is to identify voters that are likely to support you, and motivate them. While campaign expenditures are still mostly dedicated toward broadcast media, print ads and mailings, the use of social media to target voters is starting to catch on in state campaigns.

Say you’re surfing the internet and land on a post about the race for governor — you read a few lines, then move on to funny cat videos. But then you notice the ad feed on your browser features a candidate for governor. Welcome to the world of data mining for campaigns.

Craig Olson is one of three Democrats vying to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

Olson runs an Islesboro bookstore and manages the Islesboro Transfer Station. He served for three years on the town Board of Selectmen, chairing the panel for a year. Prior to that he was the CEO of Kelmscott Rare Breeds Foundation in Lincolnville, a working farm and educational center.