Democratic candidates for governor will talk during a forum in Bath Sunday about their plans and goals for the state if they are elected to replace Gov. Paul LePage in November.

All seven declared Democratic candidates for governor are scheduled to meet the public and discuss health care, the economy, providing better opportunities for all Mainers and other current issues at a two-hour event, at  Maine Maritime Museum.

The forum, hosted by the Sagadahoc County Democratic Committee, begins at 2 p.m. and is free.

“We have a tremendous opportunity in this election to elect a Governor who will work on behalf of all Maine people for better jobs, education, and health care,” said Will Nielson, program chair of Sagadahoc Democrats. “We encourage all interested citizens to come and hear directly from the candidates.”

The Democratic candidates for Governor are attorney Adam Cote of Sanford, attorney and former school committee member; former Biddeford mayor Donna Dion; state Senator Mark Dion of Portland, former speaker of the Maine House Mark Eves, of North Berwick; Maine Attorney General Janet Mills of Farmington; political consultant and former state representative Diane Russell of Portland; and Betsy Sweet of Hallowell, a lobbyist and small business owner.

“This Gubernatorial Forum is a great opportunity to hear how each candidate would implement the vision Maine Democrats share: Better incomes and jobs for Maine people, a clean environment, universal health care, high-quality public education and alleviation of student debt, and a government that cherishes our Constitution,” said Bruce Hauptli, vice chair of Sagadahoc County Democratic Committee.

At a recent forum in Augusta, Mills, Cote, Eaves, Sweet and Russell agreed with each other as they answered questions about clean energy, state government, health care and the opioid crisis and growing Maine’s population. They also said that no matter what, a Democrat must be elected governor.

The Democrats all agree that the costs of insurance and prescription drugs are too high and that keeping talented people in Maine and attracting new people to the state is important.

Providing high-paying jobs – not just in the southern part of the state – improving the infrastructure and education system, and broadband internet access are some of the ways the candidates said would help grow the state’s workforce.

The declared Republican candidates include State Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason; House Minority Leader Kenneth Fredette; Mary Mayhew, former commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services; and Shawn Moody, a local businessman.

There are two independents currently on the ballot: Envision Maine president and CEO Alan Caron and Maine State Treasurer Terry Hayes.

Winners of the June 12 primary will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Governors serve four-year terms.

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