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Behind the News Jul 16, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes talks about running as an independent, creating jobs, the drug crisis

Rockland — Terry Hayes of Buckfield, an independent candidate running for Maine governor, stopped by the studio Friday, July 6, to talk about her plans to create jobs and to answer tough questions about the drug epidemic and how she might split the liberal/moderate vote.

Hayes is a former Democratic state representative. She notes that she was the first independent voted to be the Maine treasurer, a position she currently holds. The position is elected by a vote of Maine legislators.

Asked if she is concerned about splitting the moderate/liberal vote resulting in another four years with a Republican governor, she argued that Maine has a history of electing independents. She said that in 2010 the Democratic candidate (Libby Mitchell) came in third behind independent candidate Eliot Cutler, so who was the spoiler? Republican Paul LePage won that race.

Hayes said electing another Democrat or Republican, which she referred to as partisans, would perpetuate what's wrong with the political system, a system where elected officials do not have to accomplish anything more than making voters afraid of the other party.

She said the number-one priority for the next governor should be building Maine's workforce, as employers have complained there is a shortage of skilled workers. She said that means attracting talent and keeping the talent we grow in the form of our students. She said Maine must be the best place to work.

Specifically, she called for expansion of the state's broadband/fiber internet technology and infrastructure.

Hayes is currently in a four-way race for governor with Republican Shawn Moody, Democrat Janet Mills and Independent Alan Caron.

For more information, watch the full interview on knox.villagesoup.com.

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