Former Governor Baldacci Is Thinking Of Running In 2014
The election of governor in Maine is still almost two years away, but talk of the potential race is already heating up. Former Maine Governor John Baldacci recently told the Associated Press at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce annual breakfast in Hermon, that he's concerned about "the negativism, the bravado, the fighting" and is not ruling out a return to politics or possibly challenging Governor Paul LePage.
The 2010 Maine's Governor race saw Governor LePage win with 218,065 votes and almost 39% of the vote. Independent Elliot Cutler came in a close second with 208,270 votes. Democrat nominee, Elizabeth Mitchell, received 109.381 votes, followed by businessman Shawn Moody in fourth and Independent Kevin Scott in fifth with 1% of the vote.
The 2014 race is already starting to cause some rumblings in Augusta. Governor LePage has set up a re-election committee and begun raising money, but there has been no official announcement on whether he plans to run for a second term. Names like United States Representative Chellie Pingree and Congressman Mike Michaud have popped up as possible candidates. Elliot Cutler is also expected to run again in 2014.
Maine's Constitution bars the governor from serving three consecutive terms, but there is nothing about a two-term governor running again after sitting out a term.
Get ready, it looks like we'll have plenty of political ads to look forward to in 2014!