CAMDEN — Gov. Janet Mills visited Camden on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 27, stopping in at the town office before taking a walking tour of the downtown.

During the visit she stopped in at French & Brawn and talked to some of the employees and customers. She also visited the Smiling Cow where staff members Monica Yoos and Maggie Laughlin seemed very happy to meet the governor.

Maggie Laughlin, left, and Monica Yoos, right, of The Smiling Cow meet the Governor Sept. 27. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

At the town office, she spoke with staff including Town Manager Audra Caler, Fire Chief Chris Farley and Select Board member Alison McKellar. The Governor gave a gift to McKellar’s son, a coin with the Governor’s seal on it.

Rep. Vicki Doudera, D-Camden, arrived with the Governor at the town office and showed her around town.

The governor did not speak at length but talked to staff members about some of the issues facing the state and the area. The big issues she has heard about from constituents include the need for workers and housing.

Mills said Maine was one of the top two states in handling the pandemic and expressed pride in its high vaccination rates and low death rates. She said the result was that people are moving to the state.

Asked how she sees the election going in November, she quipped there are two ways of running for election, running scared and running unopposed. “I’m not unopposed,” she said. She said she is not running scared either, but she is getting out there and working hard for every vote.

Recently she has visited numerous fairs around the state including the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.

Pictured are, from left, Mason McKellar, Camden Select Board Vice Chair Alison McKellar, Town Manager Audra Caler, Gov. Janet Mills, Deputy Town Clerk Kendall Espinosa, Fire Chief Chris Farley, Town Clerk Katrina Oakes, Finance Director Jodi Hanson, and State Rep. Vicki Doudera. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Gov. Janet Mills reaches for the Andre the Seal book at The Smiling Cow on Sept. 27. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Gov. Janet Mills reaches over to shakes hands with staff at French & Brawn in Camden. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Gov. Janet Mills visits the Camden Town Office with Rep. Vicki Doudera. Photo by Daniel Dunkle