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2018 Voter Guide: Maine’s general election candidates & ballot questions

Mainers have some big choices to make this November, beginning with selecting a new governor, as Governor Paul Le Page is term-limited out.

At the federal level, Independent U.S. Senator Angus King, elected in 2012, is running to keep his seat for a six-year term.

Both U.S. Representatives from Maine, Democrat Chellie Pingree and Republican Bruce Poliquin, are vying to retain their seats.

Also on the ballot are the creation of a universal home care program for persons with disabilities and senior citizens and $200-million of bonds for water infrastructure, transportation, and education projects.

Here’s the race-by-race breakdown:

Governor

  • Janet Mills (D), Farmington
  • Shawn Moody (R), Gorham
  • Teresa Hayes (I), Buckfield

US Senate

  • Angus King (I), Brunswick (incumbent)
  • Eric Brakey (R), Auburn
  • Zak Ringelstein (D), Yarmouth

US House, Congressional District 1 (York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, and Knox Counties, plus portions of Kennebec County including Augusta, Waterville, and Winthrop)

  • Chellie Pingree (D), North Haven (incumbent)
  • Martin Grohman (I), Biddeford
  • Mark Holbrook (R), Brunswick

US House, Congressional District 2 (all other counties in Maine)

  • Bruce Poliquin (R), Oakland (incumbent)
  • Jared Golden (D), Lewiston
  • Tiffany Bond (NP), Portland
  • William Hoar (I), Southwest Harbor

GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATES

Ballot Questions

Question 1: Citizen Initiative

Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?

Yes = Create the program in this form

No = Don’t create the program in this form

Question 2: Bond Issue

Public Law 425

Do you favor a $30,000,000 bond issue to improve water quality, support the planning and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and assist homeowners whose homes are served by substandard or malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems?

Yes = Borrow $30-million for water system improvements

No = Don’t borrow $30-million for water system improvements

Question 3: Bond Issue

Public Law 467

Do you favor a $106,000,000 bond issue, including $101,000,000 for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities and equipment related to ports, piers, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and $5,000,000 for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings?

Yes = Borrow $106-million for transportation improvements

No = Don’t borrow $106-million for transportation improvements

Question 4: Bond Issue

Public Law 465, Part A

Do you favor a $49,000,000 bond issue to be matched by at least $49,000,000 in private and public funds to modernize and improve the facilities and infrastructure of Maine's public universities in order to expand workforce development capacity and to attract and retain students to strengthen Maine's economy and future workforce?

Yes = Borrow $49-million for public university improvements

No = Don’t borrow $49-million for public university improvements

Question 5: Bond Issue

Public Law 465, Part B

Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to improve educational programs by upgrading facilities at all 7 of Maine's community colleges in order to provide Maine people with access to high-skill, low-cost technical and career education?

Yes = Borrow $15-million for community college improvements

No = Don’t borrow $15-million for community college improvements

What about Ranked Choice Voting?

The November 6, 2018 General Election will use ranked-choice voting for the federal offices of U.S. Senate and U.S. Representative to Congress.


Tune in to CBS 13 on November 6 for all of your Election Day coverage.


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