Question: Now that Sen. Olympia Snowe has announced she won’t seek reelection, what would you like to see in the next U.S. senator for Maine?

* Lee Gernon-Lakin, 37, of Unity

Student at University of Maine at Augusta; unenrolled

“We need someone who can act like a grownup and work with people who they disagree with. It doesn’t matter to me which party they belong to.”

* Elizabeth Welton, 65, of Sidney

Retired; registered Democrat

“I’d like to see another centrist get into her seat. We don’t need more polarization. Olympia had strong beliefs but was willing to work for consensus, not a party line.”

* Arthur Child, 57, of Farmington

Student at University of Maine at Augusta; registered Republican

“I feel bad she’s getting done because of Washington, the polarization. I’d like the replacement to be someone with the beliefs she’s got. It’s just so messed up down there (in Congress) and no one’s going to budge.”

* Kelsie Wilson, 21, of Winthrop

University of Maine at Farmington student; Maine Green Independent Party

“I want someone who is looking out for the best interest of Maine people and not the outside interests and lobbyists.”

* Bruce Hunter, 61, of Readfield

Retired; registered Democrat

“I’d like a Democrat. I liked Olympia because she was moderate. I think it’s harder for Republicans to be moderate than it is for Democrats.”

* Mary Whalen, 79, of Farmingdale

Retired; registered Republican

“I’m looking for (Maine Senate President) Kevin Raye because he has a year-round home on my lake Down East and maybe he will get some help for Washington County and Eastport.”

* Don Mairs, 77, of Belgrade

Retired; unenrolled

“I think (U.S. Rep) Chellie Pingree might be a good person. I think she’s very bright and I think her take on domestic politics is fairly moderate. She would pay good attention to her constituents. She seems to be a good listener.”

* Nancy Mairs, 75, Belgrade

Retired; unenrolled

“It has to be a person who can follow Olympia and be as even-handed. I guess they can’t be non-political, but as independent and productive as she has been.”

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