The Green Papers: Maine 2021 General Election
This page is for offices up for election in 2021. Find 2022 elections here.

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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2020 Census:1,363,582 (0.44% of 309,785,186)
2024, 2028 Electoral Votes:4(0.74% of 538)
2022-2030 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)
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 4 qualified parties: Democratic, Green Independent, Libertarian, and Republican. Unopposed candidate do not appear on the primary ballot.

Maine's Elections, including those for President, use ranked-choice voting.


U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 117th 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); re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2024
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Independent     Senator Angus Stanley King, Jr.
FEC S2ME00109
18 January 2019: Senator Angus Stanley King, Jr. announced that he has prostate cancer and the prognosis is good.

Class 2 Republican Senator Susan Margaret Collins
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2002, 2008, 2014, 2020.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2026

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Janet T. Mills
First elected: 2018
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Democratic     John Glowa
  Candidate Republican     former Governor Paul R. LePage
First elected Governor: 2010; re-elected: 2014. At term limit in 2018.
  Candidate Green Independent     Michael Barden

117th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2024. No Term Limit. 117th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Democratic (2 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 117th Congress
CD 1 Democratic Member of Congress Chellie M. Pingree
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (3) - 118th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress Chellie M. Pingree
FEC H8ME01120; 30 Sep 21; Tot $166,437; Dsb $72,158
  Candidate Republican     Edwin F. "Ed" Thelander
FEC H2ME01131; 30 Sep 21; Tot $12,567; Dsb $3,480
  Candidate Green     Aaron Amede
FEC H0ME01127

Incumbent - 117th Congress
CD 2 Democratic Member of Congress Jared F. Golden
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (6) - 118th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress Jared F. Golden
FEC H8ME02185; 30 Sep 21; Tot $1,682,421; Dsb $551,554
  Candidate Democratic     Michael Phillip Sutton
FEC H2ME02220 or H2ME02162

FEC H2ME02162
  Candidate Republican     Caratunk Select Board Member Elizabeth "Liz" Caruso
FEC H2ME02212
  Candidate Republican     Sean Michael Joyce
FEC H2ME02204
  Candidate Republican     former Member of Congress Bruce Lee Poliquin
Unsuccessful candidate for Governor: 2010; state Treasurer: 2010-2012; unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate: 2012; first elected to the U.S. Congress: 2014; re-elected: 2016; unsuccessful candidate for re-election: 2018.

FEC H4ME02234; 30 Sep 21; Tot $883,172; Dsb $13,759
  Candidate Republican     Garret Swazey
FEC H2ME02238

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): 3 incumbents, 4 candidates
  Republican: 1 incumbent, 6 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): 1 candidate
  Green Independent (affiliate of Green): 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Christian Liberty
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Independent: 1 incumbent, 1 candidate
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
  Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions
  Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics
  Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Maine House of Representatives
  Maine State Legislature
  Maine Democratic Party
  Maine Senate Democrats
  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)
  Maine Right to Life Committee
  The Unity Party of Maine
Media & others
  Bangor Daily News
  Central Maine
  Journal Tribune - York County - Biddeford - Sanford
  Maine Today - Maine
  State & Capitol - Gardiner
  Sun Journal - Lewiston
  The Ellsworth American
  The Lincoln County News
  The Times Record - Bath - Brunswick
  WABI TV - CBS - Bangor
  WAGM TV - CBS - Prewsque Isle
  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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