Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2018 Maine Gubernatorial Elections

                                              Written By Haley Park and Isabella Tuck

In Maine’s 2018 election a lot of mudslinging occurred between those running for the position of Maine’s State Governor. The position of Maine’s State Governor comes with many responsibilities. Paul LePage is currently the governor of Maine until January 2, 2019. He was born October 9, 1948 and is now 70 years old. He attend both Husson University and University of Maine. LePage is part of the Republican party. He was born in Lewiston and grew up with 17 siblings. He is term limited and was unable to run in 2018 election.

The governor plays an important role in guiding policies and development for the state. The governor is responsible for signing bills into laws and they serve as the state's National Guard Commander in Chief. The governor is required to give speeches to the citizens of their state. One of the most important speeches is the speech “state of the state” address. This address outlines the governor's hopes and goals for the upcoming legislative session.

In this election, there were four candidates that the Maine population could vote for. Teresa Hayes and Alan Caron both ran as independent candidates. Alan Caron was born on September 26, 1951. He lives in Freeport, Maine with his wife. He went to Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. Teresa Hayes had previously run for Assistant Minority Leader of the House of Democrats and had been elected in November of 2012 and held the position for 4 years. She attended Bowdoin College but graduated from Thomas College in Maine.

Although there were four candidates that ran, two candidates got a lot of attention, and were commonly found throwing dirt on each other throughout the campaign season. 

Shawn Moody was running as a Republican and Janet Mills as a Democrat. Shawn Moody was raised in Gorham. He was born on October 24, 1959, and went to Gorham High School. He is married to Chrissi Moody and has had four kids, Jimmy, Nathen, Danielle, and Ben Moody. At age 17, he founded his own business that has come to be Moody’s Collision Center. He is on the board of the University of Maine and the Maine Community College System under our former governor, Paul Lepage. 

Janet Mills was raised in Farmington and went to Farmington high school. She was born December 30, 1947. She is married to Stanley Kuklinski who is now deceased. She has a brother Peter Mills. Janet Mills use to be the attorney general of Maine. Janet Mills went to the University of Maine School of Law.

Janet Mills won the elections with the first majority in many years. Janet Mills has an ambitious agenda. Some of the things she would like to change are to “Create the Small Business Accelerator to serve as a “one-stop shop” for Maine businesses and start-ups who need help accessing financing, training workers, or handling state regulation. She would like to launch the Job Growth Loans program to provide 18 months of no-interest loans for small businesses to finance adding a new employee. She hopes to establish a Welcome Home Program to help former and future Mainers to bring their current job to Maine to work remotely and live here. Her agenda will provide the Rural Workplace Grant to help communities convert a downtown building into a co-working space with high-speed broadband for small businesses and remote workers.

Janet Mills will take her new position on January 2, 2019. It remains to be see what policies Mills is able to push through as she shapes the future of Maine.

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