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Candidates for Maine Governor

Meet the candidates who want to be Maine's next governor

Adam Cote

In his own words:

"I fully support, and have always fully supported, a woman’s right to make her own health care and reproductive decisions. I do not believe it is my place or the place of any politician to interfere with a woman’s personal medical decisions. I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade, and I will stand steadfastly with friends and allies in the women’s health community to oppose federal and state efforts to restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions or to cut funding for women’s health care. … We must make sure every woman, regardless of her income, has access to safe, quality health and reproductive care somehow, either through public-private partnerships or public means."

Donna Dion

In her own words:

“I support promoting contraception and birth control, safe and legal abortions but not late-term abortions. I support education and support for healthy pregnancies for the mother and child. For schools, I support and encourage comprehensive sex education. I believe women have the right to choose what they do with their bodies. My choice would be not to have an abortion.”

Mark Dion

In his own words:

“I support a woman’s right of choice involving reproductive health care. Currently, low-income women are being denied the free exercise of that right under existing MaineCare rules. This conflict is now before the courts. If the case leads to a legislative remedy, granting a subsidy to women in these circumstances, I would sign such a bill into law.”

Mark Eves

In his own words: 

“Any woman should have an unfettered right to whatever reproductive health care they need. It’s none of my business, and it’s not the business of any politician in Augusta or Washington. Abortion services should be treated no differently than any other health care service, regardless of how it is funded.”

Janet Mills

In her own words:

“As attorney general, I’ve always stood up for reproductive rights, from opposing the Trump administration’s rollback of the ACA contraception requirement, to protecting women going to Planned Parenthood from harassment and abuse. As governor, I will continue to fight for a health system that makes affordable and high-quality care available to everyone, including access to contraception and reproductive health services.”

Diane Russell

In her own words:

“I strongly support reproductive rights for women. The best way to reduce abortions is to lift up the economic circumstances for women. However, abortion should be safe and legal, and I have no issue using taxpayer funds for low-income women to receive abortion care.”

Betsy Sweet

In her own words:

“I am 100 percent pro-choice and have been my entire life. Yes, I support state funding to ensure low-income women have full access to abortion and reproductive services.”

Ken Fredette

In his own words:

“I have a 100 percent pro-life voting record and will continue to support life.”

Shawn Moody

In his own words:

“As someone who is personally pro-life, we are all living under Roe v. Wade as federal law. Governors can, however, make important decisions which fall under state law. I will work to ensure no state taxpayer dollars are spent on abortion services. I will support efforts requiring that both the risks and alternatives to abortion be fully explained prior to any procedure. I support requiring 24-hour waiting periods and, very importantly, requiring parents or a legal guardian be notified and consulted before minor children receive an abortion.”

Mary Mayhew

In her own words:

“As governor, I will support legislation that protects the lives of the unborn. I will support parental consent, I will support laws that ban late-term abortions, I will support waiting periods, I am opposed to public-financing of abortions, and I am also proud to say I implemented a policy that stopped the use of tax dollars for abortions by Planned Parenthood.”

Garrett Mason

In his own words:

“I have been and always will remain pro-life with the only exception being saving the life of the mother. I am opposed to any state money being used to fund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. I believe in the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that delegates many matters to state governments, including this one. I believe state government should have control over these matters.”