Blaine House hopefuls use first public forum to share their visions of life after LePage

LEWISTON, Maine — It was Gov. Paul LePage — not any of the four candidates running to replace him — who drew the only sparing criticisms that came during the first public forum of the 2018 governor’s race before a business group on Monday.

The lightly moderated, hourlong session gave the Blaine House hopefuls few opportunities to joust and lots to agree. At different points, Republican nominee Shawn Moody, the founder of an eponymous collision center chain, won praise from his three opponents for his work with young employees.

That won’t last long in what looks like a tight race. Moody and Attorney General Janet Mills, a Democrat, were tied in the only public poll of the racereleased last month. The two independents — State Treasurer Terry Hayes and consultant Alan Caron — were in single digits. Men and gun owners favored Moody while Mills led with women and in southern Maine.

Hayes and Caron had been craving debates as a chance to interact with Moody and Mills, who have garnered more attention in the race because of the June party primaries. But all of the candidates managed to establish themselves Monday.

To read the rest of “Blaine House hopefuls use first public forum to share their visions of life after LePage,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Michael Shepherd, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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