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Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 18, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, October 18, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, October 18, 2018
Election 2018: Candidates

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Governor

Alan Caron, independent
Political: Candidate, Governor of Maine, 2018.
Professional: Principal, Caron Communications, 1978-present; writer, Central Maine, present; writer, Maine Sunday Telegram, present.
Education: MPA, Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1983-1984.
Other: President, Envision Maine, 2009-present; President, GrowSmart Maine, 2002-2009.

Teresea “Terry” Hayes, independent
Political: Treasurer, State of Maine, 2015-present; Candidate, Governor of Maine, 2018; Representative, Maine State House of Representatives, 2006-2014; Assistant Minority Floor Leader, Maine State House of Representatives, 2012; Chair, Maine School Administrative District 39 School Board, 1991-2004; Member, Maine School Administrative District 39 School Board, 1991-2004; Candidate, Maine State House of Representatives, District 94, 2004.
Professional: Owner/Operator, Hayes & Associates; Former Education Director, Maine Real Estate Commission; Guardian ad Litem, Maine’s District and Probate Courts, present; Former Teacher, Oakland Public Schools.
Education: BA, Government, Bowdoin College, 1980.
Other: Member, Advisory Board, Healthy Oxford Hills; Member, Advisory Board, Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates; Member, Buckfield Energy Team; Board Member, Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute; Member, Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce. Married, three children.

Janet Mills, Democrat
Political: 2018 gubernatorial candidate; 2009-2011, 2013-present Maine Attorney General; former Asst. Maine Attorney General; 2002-2008 state representative.
Professional: 1995-present, attorney, Wright and Mills; 1980-1995 District Attorney, Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties; President, Maine Prosecutors Association; co-founder, Maine Women’s Lobby; 2011-2013 Vice Chair, Maine Democratic Party.
Education: BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston; JD, University of Maine School of Law.
Other: Member Margaret Chase Smith Foundation Board; married; lives in Farmington.

Shawn Moody, Republican
Political: Candidate, Governor of Maine, 2010, 2018.
Professional: Owner/Operator, Moody’s Collision Centers, 1977-present.
Co-Host, WGAN Newsradio’s Inside Maine, present.
Education: Gorham High School.
Other: Named to the University of Maine System and Maine Community College System boards by Governor Paul LePage. Married, four children.

United States Senate

Eric Brakey, Republican
Political: Current State Senator for District 20.
Professional: State Senator; Financial Records Manager for Brakey Energy.
Education: Honors Tutorial College.
Other: Acts in the Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theater company, volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Androscoggin County.

Angus King, independent, incumbent
Political: Senator, United States Senate, 2012-present; Candidate, United States Senate, 2018; Governor, State of Maine, 1994-2002.
Professional: Former Chief Counsel, United States Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare.
President, Northeast Energy Management, Incorporated, 1989-1994; Founder, Northeast Energy Management, Incorporated, 1989-1994; Television Host, MaineWatch, 1975-1993; General Counsel, Swift River/Hafslund Company, 1983-1988; Vice President, Swift River/Hafslund Company, 1983-1988; Attorney, Smith, Lloyd, and King, 1975-1983; Aide, Office of Senator William Hathaway, 1972-1975; Chief Counsel, United States Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics, 1972-1975; Staff Attorney, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, 1969-1972.
Education: JD, University of Virginia Law School, 1969; BA, Dartmouth College, 1966.
Other: Former Chair, Committee to Support Land for Maine’s Future Bond Issue; Former Member, Maine Development Foundation. Married, five children.

Zak Ringelstein, Democrat
Political: Candidate, United States Senate, 2018.
Professional: Teacher, Portland Public Schools, Maine, 2016-2017; Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder, UClass, 2012-2016; Teacher, International School of Tanganyika, 2011-2012; Teacher, Morris K. Udall Public School, 2008-2011; Member, Teach for America, 2008-2010.
Education: Master’s, Education, Arizona State University; BA, History/Human Rights, Columbia University at New York City.
Personal: Married, one child.

U.S. House of Representatives

District 1

Includes the counties of Knox, Cumberland, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and York and 13 towns in Kennebec County.

Martin Grohman, independent
Political: Representative, Maine State House of Representatives, District 12, 2014-present; Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2018; Changed Party Affiliation from Democratic Party to Independent, September 22, 2017.
Professional: Founder, Hellocycle Incorporated, 2015-present; Host, The Grow Maine Show, 2013-present; Forestry and Agriculture Tech Board Member, Maine Technology Institute, 2010-present; Director of Sustainability, GAF Materials Corporation, 2009-present; Founder, Correct Building Products, Limited Liability Company, 1999-2009; Technical Service Engineer, Cincinnati Milacron, 1994-1998; Application Development Engineer, General Electric Plastics, 1989-1994.
Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1985-1989.
Other: Board Member/Founding Member, United States Green Building Council - Maine Chapter, 2014-present; Trustee, The Betterment Fund, 2004-present; Forestry and Agriculture Technology Board Member, Maine Technology Institute, 2010-2015; Former Forum Member, Chief Executive Officer Project Limited Liability Company, 2007-2009. Married, two children.

Mark Holbrook, Republican
Political: Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2016, 2018; Candidate, Maine State House of Representatives, District 50, 2014.
Professional: Clinician, Self-Employed, 2003-present; Adjunct Instructor, Maine Criminal Justice Academy, 2000-present; Adjunct Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University, present; Police Officer, 12 years; Former Employee, Psychiatric Unit, Super Maximum Security Prison; Social Worker, MSP, 2000-2002; Social Worker, MCMHC, 1998-2000; Commercial Diver, PDS & Self, 1982-1985.
Education: Master’s, Psychology, Auburn University Master’s, Psychology, Fielding Graduate University; PhD, Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate Univeristy, 2009; BA, Psychology, University of Southern Maine, 1990-1994; Attended, Basic Law Enforcement, Maine Criminal Justice Academy, 1979.
Other: Member, GOM, 2018-present; Volunteer, Red Cross, 2017-present; Instructor and Lifetime Member, National Rifle Association (NRA), 2014-present; Member, Society for Police and Criminal Psychologists, 2008-present; Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2005-present; Member, American Psychological Association, 1994-present. Married, one child.

Chellie Pingree, Democrat, incumbent
Political: Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2008-present; Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2008, 2018; Candidate, United States Senate, 2002; Senator, Maine State Senate, 1992-2000; Majority Leader, Maine State Senate, 1996-2000.
Professional: Founder and Co-Owner, Nebo Lodge, 2006-present; Former Editor, North Haven News; Former Owner, North Island Yarn; President and Chief Executive Officer, Common Cause, 2003-2007; Owner and Founder, North Island Designs, 1981-1993; Photographer, Design and Production, 1986-1992; Producer, Design and Production, 1986-1992; Author and Essayist, Design and Production, 1986-1992; Farmer, North Island Farm, 1977-1980.
Education: BA, College of the Atlantic, 1976; Attended, University of Southern Maine, 1973.
Other: Two children, three grandchildren.

District 2

Includes the counties of Hancock, Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, Washington and eight towns in Kennebec County.

Tiffany Bond, independent
Political: Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2018.
Professional: Principal, BrandBond, 2004-present.
President, FairTrade Vacations, 2005-2016; Family Law Intern, Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 2012; Law Clerk & Marketing, Jackson MacNichol, 2010; Intern, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 2008-2010; Intern, Sherman Toppin, 2008-2010; Associate, The Doner Group, 2006-2009.
Education: JD, University of Maine School of Law, 2010-2012; MBA, Drexel University College of Business and Administration, 2009-2010; BA, Marketing, University of Washington, 2006-2008; AB, Business, Cascadia Community College, 2004-2006.
Other: Chair, ADR Committee, Family Law Section, American Bar Association, 2014-present; Vice Chair, Intellectual Law Committee, American Bar Association (ABA)/TIPS, 2010-present; Member, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, American Bar Association (ABA)/TIPS, 2009-present.
Member, Digital Eve; Member, Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society; President, Greenbrier Homeowners Association, 2003-2016; President, Haiti Aid Network, 2006-2016; Member, Jacmel Chamber of Commerce, 2006-2016; Member, Maine Association of Mediators, 2013-2014. Married, two children.

Jared Golden, Democrat
Political: 2018 candidate U.S. Congress; 2014-present, state representative, District 60; House Democratic Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Maine State House of Representatives, 2017-present.
Professional: Former Employee, International Logistics Industry; Legislative Aide, Maine House Democratic Office, 2013-2014; Legislative Aide, Office of Senator Susan M. Collins, 2013; Professional Staff Member, United States Senate, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, 2011-2012.
Education: BA, Bates College.
Other: Former U.S. Marine, active tours Iraq, Afghanistan; married; lives in Lewiston.

William Hoar, independent
Political: Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2018.
Professional: Special Education Teacher, Tremont Elementary School, 2017-present; Substitute Teacher, Mount Desert Island High School, 2016-2017; Substitute Teacher, Mount Desert Island Regional School System, 2016; Business Development, GlassView Media, 2014.
Education: Attended, Art History/Criticism and Conservation, University of Southern California; Bachelor’s, American History, Columbia University, 2009-2014.
Other: Member, Acadia Family Center Executive Board, 2017-present; Shorekeeper, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 2017-present.
Member, Summer Festival of the Arts Executive Board, 2017-present; Cook/Server, The Common Good, 2017-present. Married.

Bruce Poliquin, Republican, incumbent
Political: Representative, U.S. Congress, 2014-present; Former Board Member, Maine State Housing Authority; Treasurer, State of Maine, 2010-12; candidate, United States Senate, 2012; candidate, Maine Governor, 2010.
Professional: Principal, Avatar Investors Associates Corporation, 1981-1996; Evaluation Associates,Inc., 1978; Harris Trust and Savings Bank, 1976; Private Sector Business Owner/Manager.
Education: Harvard University, degree in Economics.
Other: Widowed, one son. Former board member of Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Judge of Probate
Hancock County

William Blaisdell, Republican, incumbent
Political: Has served as Hancock County Judge of Probate since January of 2015.
Professional: Current Hancock County Judge of Probate.
Education: University of Dayton School of Law.
Personal: Resides in Ellsworth. Married with three children.

Lynne Williams, Democrat
Political: 2018 candidate, county probate judge; 2010, candidate for Green Party governor nomination; 2010, state Senate candidate, past state chairman, Maine Green Party; 2004, state representative candidate; past member, Bar Harbor Planning Board.
Professional: 2002-present, owner, Williams Law Office, Bar Harbor; Chairman, Maine chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and former Executive Vice President of the Guild.
Education: BA, psychology, Merrimack College; MA, experimental psychology, City University of New York-Brooklyn College; PhD, social psychology, University of Southern California.

Registrar of Deeds
Hancock County

Julie Curtis, Republican, incumbent
Political: Has served as Hancock County Registrar of Deeds since January 2015.
Professional: Hancock County Registrar of Deeds.
Education: Ellsworth High School.

Hancock County Sheriff

Scott Kane, Republican, incumbent
Political: Elected to serve as Hancock County Sheriff in 2015.
Professional: Current Hancock County Sheriff; served as Deputy Sheriff from 1991-2015.
Education: Graduate, Criminal Justice Academy, 1992; attended the University of Maine-Presque Isle and the University of Maine-Orono.
Other: Married, outdoorsman, high school baseball coach at George Stevens Academy.

Candidate responses, VoteSmart.org, League of Women Voters, and Ballotpedia,org were used to compile the candidate information.