Maine voters will select a new governor in 2018 from one of the largest fields of candidates in recent history. Here is a rundown of who’s in the race to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Primary elections are scheduled for June 12, and the general election will be held Nov. 6, 2018.


James Boyle

Age: 59
Hometown: Gorham
Profession: Environmental consultant, business owner
Previous elected office: Maine Senate from 2012 to 2014
Party affiliation: Democrat
Talking points: “Maine was once a place where you could work hard and build a good life for your family. It didn’t matter if you lived in Fort Kent, Portland or Millinocket,” he said in a statement. “But those opportunities no longer exist for too many people. I can’t sit on my hands and watch Maine become a place where hard-working people get left behind.”

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Boyle is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Alan Caron

Age: 66
Hometown: Freeport
Profession: Economic development consultant
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Independent
Talking points: “We need big change in Maine, from the bottom up. We need to build a new economy of small businesses and innovators that works for everyone. An economy that is supported by a smarter and more efficient government. And we must instill a new spirit of respect, civility, common sense and common purpose in our public square.”

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Caron is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Adam Cote

Age: 44
Hometown: Sanford
Profession: Attorney, Maine National Guard combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Previous elected office: Sanford School Committee, 2010-2013
Party affiliation: Democrat
Talking points: “With new leadership grounded in Maine values like hard work, innovation, a welcoming spirit and a belief that every person is deserving of respect, we will grow a strong economy that works for all of us, with good paying jobs in every part of Maine.”

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Cote is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Mark Dion

Age: 62
Hometown: Portland
Profession: Attorney
Previous elected office: Cumberland County Sheriff, 1998 – 2010; Maine House of Representatives, 2010 – 2016; Maine Senate, 2016 – present
Party affiliation: Democrat
Talking points: “In my life, I have learned that listening sometimes takes more courage than speaking. But a leader must always be ready for that moment, which calls for him or her to break ranks to act in the best interests of all the people of our state.”

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Dion is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Jay Dresser

Age: 61 (as of September, 2016)
Hometown: Bangor
Profession: Former banker
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Green Party
Talking points: (Candidate did not respond to requests for information)

Dresser is a Maine Clean Elections, publicly financed candidate. He has not yet qualified for matching state funds however.

Patrick Eisenhart

Age: 75
Hometown: Augusta
Profession: Retired U.S. Coast Guard officer
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Democrat
Talking points: “If elected, I will fight for Maine’s prosperity and against the same lies, hate, and bigotry that is so prevalent today in our state and nation. The problems we face as Americans, like health care, affect all of us regardless of party affiliation.  We have to decide if we are going to put our focus on collectively solving those problems or continue to bash each other.”

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Eisenhart is a Maine Clean Elections, publicly financed candidate. He has not yet qualified for matching state funds however.

Mark Eves

Age: 40
Hometown: North Berwick
Profession: Family therapist
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives from 2008 to 2016. Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives from 2012 to 2016
Party affiliation: Democrat
Talking points: “We need a jobs plan tailored to every corner of the state, because what works in Kittery may be different from Minot or Madawaska, but everyone deserves a shot at a good-paying job. We need to create real opportunities for our kids so they don’t have to leave the state to find their future. And our commitment to Mainers can’t end just because their careers have–we need to take care of our seniors, and help them secure the retirement they’ve earned through a lifetime of hard work.”

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Eves is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Kenneth Fredette

Age: 53
Hometown: Newport
Profession: Maine State Representative
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives 2012 – present
Party affiliation: Republican
Talking points: “I’d like to see a state where our children, my children, can decide to stay in the state of Maine and not have that be an economic sacrifice, but to be able to enjoy the wonderful things that we all enjoy right here in the state of Maine- where many people come in the summertime to enjoy. It’s a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family.”

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Fredette is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Terry Hayes

Age: 59
Hometown: Buckfield
Profession: Maine State Treasurer
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2006-2014; MSAD 39 School Committee member, 1991-2004
Party affiliation: Independent
Talking points: “The rules governing our democracy have been written by the powerful to maintain their privilege at the expense of Maine people. As Governor, I will lead with integrity and respect, giving Maine citizens more voice and more choice in our democracy, making government more transparent and accountable to the people, and inviting and encouraging partnership, not partisanship.”

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Hayes is a Maine Clean Elections, publicly financed candidate. She has not yet qualified for matching state funds however.

John Jenkins

Age: 65
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Profession: Motivational speaker, martial arts trainer
Previous elected office: Lewiston mayor, 1994-1998; Auburn mayor, 2007-2009; Maine Senate, 1996-1998
Party affiliation: Independent
Talking points: “People want to see results and that’s what I have always focused on. I’ve learned how to listen to the people and come up with solutions that address their needs. It’s the public first, not the party, not this other stuff, it’s the people.”

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Jenkins is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Richard Light

Age: 46
Hometown: Lewiston
Profession: Social worker
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Libertarian
Talking points: “We have been slowly taken over by a rotting infestation of cronies, puppet masters, propagandists, and dictators. As our nations becomes more centralized, Maine can stand in opposition. We have an opportunity to demonstrate what America has lost. Maine has strong educators, doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, laborers of all types, and most respectably, we have strong work and moral ethics. Our State has diversity and a will to surpass obstacles and be reveled across the nation and world. We need the will to see an opportunity through the despair.”

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Light is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Betsy Marsano

Age: 67
Hometown: Waldo
Profession: Retired, formerly worked at the Family Crisis Center in Portland and for the Volunteer Lawyers Project
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Green Party
Talking points: Access to health care via a Medicare expansion and expanded community-based clinics. Supports 55 percent state funding for public schools but supports charter school models and community collaboration as well. Wants incentives for the “…value-added economy, helping rural communities and small businesses capitalize on Maine’s abundant natural resources without delving into the extractive resource economy.”

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Marsano is a Maine Clean Elections, publicly financed candidate. She has not yet qualified for matching state funds, however.

Garrett Mason

Age: 32
Hometown: Lewiston
Profession: State Senator
Previous elected office: State Senator from Maine’s 22nd District
Party affiliation: Republican
Talking points: “As governor, I will end the policies that have led to a brain drain from our state, benefiting our neighbors and hurting our families. I will wake up every day and fight for policies that put Maine First. We must be ready to compete in the 21st Century economy and state government must work for our families, not the reverse.”

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Mason is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Mary Mayhew

Age: 53
Hometown: South China
Profession: Former Commissioner Department of Health and Human Services
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Republican
Talking points: “There are so many hard-working people in this state who get up every day, go to work, are proud of what they are doing. They are contributing to their families, their communities and to this state, and I am determined to continue to help supporting them by getting government out of the way and allowing these hard-working Mainers to keep more of their hard-earned money in their pocket.”

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Mayhew is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Janet Mills

Age: 69
Hometown: Farmington
Profession: Maine Attorney General
Previous elected office: District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, 1980-1992; Maine House of Representatives, 2002-2008. Attorney General, 2008-2011; 2013-present
Party affiliation: Democrat
Talking points: “I’m not campaigning against anybody else in particular. I’m campaigning for the job on the basis of my own record and experience and on the basis of what people tell me across the state of what they want to see. They want to see a government that responds more proactively, that responds more effectively to the needs of children who can’t learn in school because they have missed too many meals, of seniors who want to stay in their homes but can’t afford the heat, of veterans coming back from battlefields and they can’t find comfort here. They want positive energy. They don’t want a governor who disparages the state.”

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Mills is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Shawn Moody

Age: 57
Hometown: Gorham
Profession: Auto body shop entrepreneur
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Republican
Talking points: “I know the best way for someone to succeed is to have great paying job. As an entrepreneur, I have helped create jobs all over Maine. We will help build Maine’s economy now and for years to come.”

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Moody is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Diane Russell

Age: 41
Hometown: Portland
Profession: Public relations, political consulting
Previous elected office: Maine House of Representatives, 2008-2016
Party affiliation: Democrat
Talking points: “Throughout my life I have been on the side of restoring power to everyday folks like my neighbors and my family. Over the years, I’ve learned that we can’t change the system by being complicit. We change it by standing up and fighting back. As Governor, I’ll spend every day fighting to unrig the system and make Maine a place where everyone gets a fair shot.”

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Russell is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

Betsy Sweet

Age: 60
Hometown: Hallowell
Profession: Lobbyist
Previous elected office: None
Party affiliation: Democrat
Talking points: “If we want to change things for the better, we must get big money out of politics. From there, we create a government on Maine values: build on people’s strengths, enlist the support of family, friends and neighbors, keep our aim high, and work hard together. These are the values Mainers share. It’s the life I’ve lived. I want to bring these values back to Maine government.”

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Sweet is a Maine Clean Elections, publicly financed candidate. She has not yet qualified for matching state funds however.

Michael Thibodeau

Age: 51
Hometown: Winterport
Profession: Co-owner of Mount Waldo Plastics, a snow shovel manufacturing company; co-owner of TB Equipment, a tractor dealership.
Previous elected office: Maine Senate, 2010-2018; Maine House of Representatives, 2016-2010
Party affiliation: Republican
Talking points: “This is our time to fight for the future of our state. We need to come together to rein in the growth of government not only to preserve Maine’s unique way of life, but to protect our freedoms. We need to continue to improve our economy, create more jobs, and educate our children so they can live and work here at home.”

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Thibodeau is a traditional, privately financed candidate.

J. Martin Vachon

Age: ?
Hometown: Mariaville
Profession: ?
Previous elected office: ?
Party affiliation: Democrat
Talking points: (Candidate did not respond to requests for information)

Vachon is a traditional, privately financed candidate.