Maine’s 4 gubernatorial candidates vie for public’s support

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s four gubernatorial candidates are trying to make an impression with voters with weeks to go before the Nov. 6 election.

Independent state treasurer Terry Hayes, independent entrepreneur Alan Caron, Republican businessman Shawn Moody and Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills appeared Wednesday at a gubernatorial forum in Augusta. The candidates hope to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

Candidates agree that LePage steadied finances in this aging, rural and economically sluggish state.

But there’s also unanimity that the governor’s office needs a change of tone after LePage’s combative style.

Mills, a long-time LePage foe, wants to fight President Trump’s policies. Moody wants to continue LePage’s policies but with a more open approach.

Caron says Maine should stop looking to the past, while Hayes wants support for programs that are working.

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