Two Democrats announced yesterday that they are withdrawing from the open Governor’s race, even before it officially begins. Former Bangor Mayor Sean Faircloth, who contemplated for a long while before announcing his candidacy, has quickly backtracked and will exit. The same for ex-state Sen. James Boyle (D-Scarborough). The departing pair still leaves the Democrats with a dozen candidates including Attorney General Janet Mills, former state House Speaker Mark Eves (D-North Berwick), and state Sen. Mark Dion (D-Westbrook).
Republicans feature five announced candidates, including state Senate President Mike Thibodeau (R-Liberty), former Maine Health & Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, state Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Lisbon), and state House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport). The candidate filing deadline is March 15th for the June 12th primary.
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