Your Vote 2018

This story was originally published at 3:22 p.m. ET on Nov. 6, 2017.

A longtime champion for the modernization of Maine’s economy is running for governor. Alan Caron says he will run as an independent, becoming the 18th candidate in the crowded field.

Although he has never run for office, Caron has been a fixture in Maine’s policy debates for decades. The Waterville native founded GrowSmart Maine and, more recently, Envision Maine, both aimed at convening politicians, businesses and nonprofits to find consensus on moving the economy forward.

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Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau announced Tuesday that he's running for governor. Thibodeau announced his candidacy in a video ad highlighting his family business.

Thibodeau says the experience has helped him understand what is needed for Maine to have a robust economy.

"Not only that, but I understand how to get things done at the State House," he said. "I know how to work with people and have accomplishments to show for it."

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Green Party candidate Betsy Marsano today kicked off her campaign to win the party's nomination in Maine's 2018 governor's race.

The Waldo resident told reporters at a State House news conference Tuesday that Maine needs new leadership. Marsano has a long history of working on behalf of Green Party issues, particularly those aimed at improving the environment.

“We are a large state and a very small community," she said, "and it is that community that I will most approach and try to work with as I go forward in this campaign.”

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ROCKPORT, Maine — The pull of legacy and a chance to take the reins of state government were not enough to convince Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to run for governor.

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Democratic state senator and former Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion is throwing his hat in the ring for the governor’s race.

At a press conference at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland on Thursday, he said Maine needs a governor who will lead through teamwork and persuasion, instead of provocation.

“Mine will be an administration that you can actually talk to. Will listen first and speak last. Will be an administration that will know priorities,” he said.

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Former independent gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody has enrolled as a Republican and is expected to launch his second bid for governor around Thanksgiving.

Moody announced his intentions an email to Maine Public on Tuesday.

The owner of Moody’s Collision Service first ran for governor in 2010, finishing fourth in a field that included three independents.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's campaign is touting his fundraising numbers as Democrats announce plans to challenge him.
 
Poliquin political adviser Brent Littlefield says Poliquin raised nearly $450,000 in the last three months and ended September with over $1.5 million in cash on hand. Littlefield said Poliquin will file new campaign finance reports this week.
 

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Two days after the largest mass shooting in modern American history, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet challenged Maine candidates and elected officials to refuse gun lobby money as an option for funding their campaigns.

“Today I am calling on all Maine candidates and elected officials to join me in refusing to take one penny of gun money from the gun lobby, so that we can have a real conversation on gun violence,” she said.

Speaking in Bangor, Sweet said commonsense gun laws need to be enacted at both at the state and federal levels.

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Lucas St. Clair, credited with helping persuade residents in the Millinocket region to support the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, now hopes he can convince Maine voters in the 2nd District to send him to Congress.

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Republican state Sen. Garrett Mason formally launched his gubernatorial campaign before an enthusiastic crowd of about 100 people at an event in Lewiston Thursday.

The 32-year-old Lisbon Falls resident and Senate majority leader vowed to pursue an aggressive conservative agenda — cutting taxes, shrinking government and ending what he said was a divisive political climate in Augusta.

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Republican state Sen. Garrett Mason will formally launch his campaign for governor at an event in Lewiston Thursday.

Mason originally planned to announce his candidacy earlier this month. But he postponed the kickoff after the sudden death of his mother, former state Rep. Gina Mason.

The Senate Majority leader turned 32 in June. But he has risen quickly in the Maine GOP since first being elected to the Legislature seven years ago.

Mason is Christian and he has benefited from a religious block of voters that routinely punches above its weight in Maine elections.

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Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins outlined the two factors she's weighing before making a decision about a run for a governor during a question-and-answer session at York County Community College Friday.

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Maine House Republican Leader Ken Fredette has joined the growing field of candidates for governor — his campaign slogan is “stay the course.”

"What that means is continuing to hold the line on spending, continuing to drive down our income tax rate, looking at strategic investments in the state that will move the state forward," he says.

Fredette says he wants to build on the successes of Gov. Paul LePage and give voice to rural Maine.