The Green Papers: Maine 2017 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2010 Census:1,333,074 (0.43% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:4(0.74% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)

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Maine State and Local Government

Maine has three qualified parties: Democratic, Green Independent, and Republican.


U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Independent Senator  Angus Stanley King, Jr.
First elected: 2012 as an Independent (announced that he will caucus with the Democrats 14 November 2012 and again on 5 November 2014)
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
22 June 2015: Senator Angus King announced the he has been diagnosed prostate cancer and does not expect it to interfere with this duties. He plans to run for re-election in 2018.
 Candidate list (7)
  Candidate Democratic     Benjamin "Ben" Pollard
  Candidate Democratic     Zackary "Zak" Ringelstein
FEC S8ME00155
  Candidate Democratic     Fred Wiand
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Eric Brakey
FEC S8ME00130; 30 Sep 17; Tot $131,646; Dsb $77,999
  Candidate Libertarian     Chris Lyons
  Candidate Independent     Alex Hammer
FEC S8ME00148
  Candidate Independent     Senator  Angus Stanley King, Jr.
FEC S2ME00109; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,988,183; Dsb $591,437

Class 2 Republican Senator  Susan M. Collins
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2002, 2008, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer, All Governors

  Republican Governor  Paul R. LePage
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
 Candidate list (26)
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Jim Boyle
  Candidate Democratic     Adam Cote
  Candidate Democratic     Dominic Crocitto
  Candidate Democratic     Steven "Steve" DeAngelis
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Mark Dion
  Candidate Democratic     Patrick "Ike" Eisenhart
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative  Mark W. Eves
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Sean Faircloth
  Candidate Democratic     state Attorney General  Janet T. Mills
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Diane Russell
  Candidate Democratic     Cynthia Soma-Hernandez
  Candidate Democratic     Betsy Sweet
  Candidate Democratic     J. Martin Vachon
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Kenneth Wade "Ken" Fredette
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Garrett Mason
  Candidate Republican     former state Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew
  Candidate Republican     University of Maine System Trustee  Shawn H. Moody
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Michael "Mike" Thibodeau
  Candidate Green     Betsy Marsano
  Candidate Libertarian     Richard Light
  Candidate Independent     Ethan Alcorn
  Candidate Independent     Kenneth Capron
  Candidate Independent     Alan Caron
  Candidate Independent     state Treasurer  Teresea M. "Terry" Hayes
  Candidate Independent     former state Senator John Jenkins
  Candidate Independent     Karmo Sanders

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined);
1 Republican (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1 Democratic Congressman  Chellie M. Pingree
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Chellie M. Pingree
FEC H8ME01120; 30 Sep 17; Tot $175,843; Dsb $117,272
  Candidate Republican     Mark Irving Holbrook
FEC H6ME01207; 30 Sep 17; Tot $15,493; Dsb $7,140
  Candidate Republican     Eric Stanton
FEC H8ME01195

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman  Bruce L. Poliquin
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (11) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Jonathan Steven Fulford
FEC H8ME02151; 30 Sep 17; Tot $68,450; Dsb $4,665
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Jared F. Golden
FEC H8ME02185; 30 Sep 17; Tot $104,872; Dsb $9,343
  Candidate Democratic     former Islesboro Selectman Craig Olson
FEC H8ME02177; 30 Sep 17; Tot $78,629; Dsb $7,382
  Candidate Democratic     Timothy A. "Tim" Rich
FEC H8ME02144; 30 Sep 17; Tot $49,737; Dsb $37,058
  Candidate Democratic     Lucas St. Clair
FEC H8ME02201
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Bruce L. Poliquin
FEC H4ME02234; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,706,631; Dsb $202,235
  Candidate Green     Legislative Tribal Member Representing the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Henry John Bear
FEC H8ME02227
  Candidate Libertarian     Brian Phillip Kresge
FEC H8ME02169; 30 Sep 17; Tot $25; Dsb $0
  Candidate Independent     Tiffany Bond
FEC H8ME02219
  Candidate Independent     Will Rawle Sheridan Hoar
FEC H8ME02193
  Candidate Independent     Danielle Ravyn VanHelsing
FEC H8ME02235

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 1 incumbent, 22 candidates
  Republican: 3 incumbents, 9 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Green (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Green Independent (affiliate of Green)
  Libertarian: 3 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Christian Liberty
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Independent: 1 incumbent, 11 candidates
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.


Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.

Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Constitution of Maine
Election Authority
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Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
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  Maine Revised Statutes
  Maine State Legislature
  Maine Democratic Party
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  Maine Republican Party
Third Party
  Christian Liberty Party of Maine (February 2012: no longer active)
  Justice Party of Maine
  Libertarian Party of Maine
  Maine Green Independent Party
  Maine Greens (Green Independent)
  Maine Right to Life Committee
  The Unity Party of Maine
Media & others
  As Maine Goes
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  Journal Tribune - York County - Biddeford - Sanford
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  The Cape Courier - Cape Elizabeth
  The Ellsworth American
  The Lincoln County News
  The Times Record - Bath - Brunswick
  WABI TV - CBS - Bangor
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  WCSH TV - NBC - Portland
  WGME TV - CBS - Portland
  WLBZ NBC - Bangor
  WMTW TV - ABC - Auburn
  WVII TV - ABC / WFVX TV - Fox - Bangor


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