Gubernatorial candidates prepare watch parties for election night
LEWISTON (WGME) – Mainers are in the process of selecting a new governor this year.
Tuesday, the primaries for the Democratic and Republican Parties will try to narrow down a big field of candidates.
Janet Mills is one of seven democratic candidates seeking the nomination.
Mills threw her hat in the ring in July of last year.
She is the current Democratic Attorney General and is the first woman in state history to hold the office.
Mills also served in the state legislature for two terms.
Mills says protecting and fully implementing Medicaid expansion will be a top priority for her if elected.
She also had plans to tackle the opioid crisis, grow Maine's economy and improve the state education system.
Mills has sparred often with current Governor Paul LePage.
When announcing her run, she said the Maine state government is broken, and is one of the reasons for her entering the race.
The Mills camp will be gathering at her campaign office in Lewiston once polls close.
Democrat Adam Cote is expected to arrive to talk to voters in both the Auburn and Lewiston area.
Cote is a 20-year veteran, who according to his campaign, is a fierce advocate for job growth and growing the state’s economy.
He also hopes to beef up school security and provide better access to affordable healthcare,
Cote will be watching Tuesday night’s results in Augusta at Cushnoc Brewing Company.
In addition to Janet Mills and Adam Cote, there are seven democrats in the race total.
Other candidates include former Biddeford Mayor Donna Dion, State Senator and former Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion, former State Speaker of the House Mark Eves, former State Representative Diane Russell and activist Betsy Sweet.
Vying for the Republican spot on the ballot are House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, State Senator Garrett Mason, former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and businessman Shawn Moody.
Shawn Moody's namesake business is Moody's Collision Center.
The flagship location is in his hometown of Gorham. It's being readied to host a watch party Tuesday night for family, friends and supporters.
Moody is one of the front-runners in the field of four trying to secure the GOP spot on the ballot for governor in November.
He ran for the same office back in 2010 as an independent.
Moody calls himself a regular guy, a Mainer and entrepreneur who's run a successful business and is now hoping to run the state.
Moody and his wife cast their ballots in Gorham earlier Tuesday morning.
He's been encouraging supporters to bypass ranked choice voting and just cast one vote for Moody.
According to the latest Bangor Daily News poll, Mary Mayhew is behind Moody in the gubernatorial primaries.
Mayhew is the former commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services.
She worked under Governor LePage for six years, stepping down last year in advance of announcing her candidacy for governor.
However, she is a new republican, switching from the Democratic Party is 2014.
Mayhew made stops in her hometown of Pittsfield, as well as China, Waterville and Bangor Tuesday.
She's expected to arrive at the Senator Inn in Augusta as polls are scheduled to close at 8 p.m.
She and the four other republican candidates aim to replace Governor Paul LePage next year.