Maine candidates aim for civility after firebrand governor

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The four candidates running to succeed Maine’s firebrand GOP governor promise a change of tune.

The candidates agree that term-limited Gov. Paul LePage steadied finances in this aging, rural and economically stagnant state. But they stress their own less combative leadership styles in contrast to LePage, who insulted lawmakers, told an NAACP chapter to “kiss my butt,” and talked about black drug dealers who impregnate “young, white” girls.

Discord and partisanship delayed action on key issues like the opioid crisis and voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills hopes to be Maine’s first female governor. Republican Shawn Moody wants to continue LePage’s policies but with a collaborative approach. Two independents, Alan Caron and Terry Hayes, are also in the race.

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