I’ve spent my life fighting to protect Maine families, defend working people, and preserve our stunning natural resources. As Governor, I will do everything in my power to make Maine the safe, beautiful, prosperous state we all want for our children and grandchildren.


  • Five years ago, I got a terrifying call: my husband, Stan, had suffered a debilitating stroke. It changed our lives. For the next year before he passed away, I fought for him while he was in-and-out of hospitals and health care facilities, all while working full-time myself -- it was tough on our family. (more...)


  • While some cities are booming, too much of Maine remains in a persistent economic downturn, especially in the rim counties and former mill towns. Instead of looking to a single economic driver to reverse that trend, I believe we must embrace an ‘all of the above’ strategy that highlights our key competitive advantages, develops new industries, and lays the groundwork for economic growth in all parts of Maine. (more...)


  • Education is the key to Maine’s future. Nothing will have a greater impact on the economic prospects of Maine people than ensuring we make the right investments in education now. We need to transform Maine into the nation’s leader in credentials and skills. That means an aggressive move to make sure every child, no matter their circumstance or where they live, gets off to an immediate and solid start. (more...)


  • In 2017, 952 drug-affected infants were born in Maine, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. In the last decade, 7,708 babies were born affected by drugs, 1,024 in 2016 alone, representing approximately 8 percent of all live births in Maine. (more...)


  • For far too long, Maine left billions of federal dollars on the table, while the governors of thirty-one other states (including seventeen Republicans and now-Vice President Mike Pence) have taken advantage of this opportunity. The evidence is overwhelming: the states that took advantage of the expansion have seen lower healthcare costs, healthier citizens, more stable hospital systems, and stronger economic growth (more...)


  • Maine’s environment is a cornerstone of our economy and an integral part of our culture and heritage. That’s why as Attorney General, I stood up to Scott Pruitt to fight against the rollback of greenhouse gas emissions standards, and to force the EPA to meet Clean Air Act requirements. That’s also why, as a legislator, I consistently voted in favor of clean air and clean water, while also preserving public lands. I was proud to receive high marks during my six years in the legislature from several environmental organizations. (more...)


  • Growing up prior to Roe v. Wade, I saw firsthand the consequences of what happens when women don’t have the right to make their own health care decisions or have access to quality health care, birth control or abortion. At that time, birth control was nearly impossible to obtain and abortion was still illegal. Women across Maine who found themselves unexpectedly pregnant and in need had nowhere to turn. As a result, they had to engage in clandestine, dangerous arrangements that resulted in painful, life-threatening experiences and sometimes death. Women’s health was of secondary concern, and it was impolite or out-of-line to discuss reproductive health. (more...)


  • Maine people and Maine businesses need better broadband and consistent cell phone reception. In the 21st century, it is simply unacceptable that a person can’t drive from Maine’s biggest city to its capital without dropping calls. Similarly, the economy of our future cannot be built on the infrastructure of the past. Maine needs wider broadband access and Maine businesses need greater speed. (more...)


  • Maine farms and the farmers who run them are a cornerstone of our state, producing a variety of high-quality crops that contribute substantially to Maine’s economy. But farming could become an even more powerful engine of economic development if we support further development of viable farm businesses as well as the infrastructure to enhance value-added opportunities here in Maine. (more...)


  • Nationwide, the number of people without access to adequate food plunged following its peak during the 2008 recession. In Maine, however, that number has continued to grow — in fact, the USDA reported that the rate of hunger grew more rapidly in Maine then in any other state over the last decade. Today, Maine ranks third in the nation for ‘very low food security’ — that is, starvation. (more...)


  • Safe and reliable housing is the foundation on which communities and economic activity grow. But for too many Mainers today – especially seniors and young workers – good housing is often out of reach, if not unavailable at all, because of increasing rents, stagnating wages, or the simple fact that our housing stock is too old. I believe every Mainer should have access to safe and affordable housing. (more...)


  • Welcoming new Mainers is an important pillar of Maine’s future and growing Maine’s economy. A recent jobs forecast estimates Maine will need to fill nearly 30,000 jobs by 2026. (more...)


  • Maine has one of the highest percentages of veterans in the country, and we owe each and every one of them a tremendous debt of gratitude. While we can never fully repay them for their commitment to our nation and for their sacrifice in defending our cherished freedoms, we can take steps to honor them and their families. (more...)


  • In 2005, I backed Maine’s landmark law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2009, shortly after being elected Maine’s first female Attorney General, I testified in favor of the historic marriage equality bill. I also joined other attorneys general across the country in federal lawsuits aimed at stopping discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in the Armed Forces and elsewhere. I am also the only candidate for governor endorsed by EqualityMaine – because I will stand up for LGBTQ+ Mainers. (more...)


  • As Governor, I will work to find new ways to partner with the indigenous nations of Maine, and to form stronger alliances on economic development, renewable energy sources, and health care. And I will work with everyone to respect and maintain the cultural identity and the right to self-governance of the thousands of Native Americans in this state. (more...)


  • When people of think of Maine industries, they often think about forestry, farming, and fishing. Most people, however, don’t immediately think about the Arts – but they should, because the arts have also been a central part of both Maine’s culture and economy since we entered statehood back in 1820. Just think about Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dahlov Ipcar, Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Andrew Wyeth, and Stephen King (and more) – all of whom are world-renowned artists with deep ties to Maine. (more...)


  • Maine is home to a thriving brewing industry that now employs thousands of Mainers – and what’s better: it’s positioned for even more growth in the coming years. As governor, I will continue to help it flourish and, in doing so, attract more young people to live and work in Maine and support the use of local ingredients. (more...)

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