Thursday, April 24, 2014
NOTE: This item was updated to correct the list of U.S. Senate candidates who completed the endorsement process. The League of Young Voters left two of the candidates off the list when releasing its endorsements.
The Maine League of Young Voters has released its slate of political endorsements, ranging from Pres. Obama to Nisha Swinton for the Portland Water District Board of Trustees.
But it did not pick a favorite in the race for Maine's U.S. Senate seat. None of the candidates qualified, according to State Direcrtor Nicola Wells.
"We had a concerns about all of the candidates and couldn't, with one resounding voice, endorse any one of them," Wells said.
The League takes its endorsements very seriously, asking candidates to answer detailed questionnaires and then conducting follow-up interviews. In the Senate contest, Democratic Cynthia Dill and independent candidates Angus King, Andrew Ian Dodge, Danny Dalton and Steve Woods answered the questionnaire and were interviewed. Republican Charlie Summers did not respond and were therefore not eligible.
The League is a non-partisan group. But almost all of its endorsements this year went to Democratic candidates, which might have seemed to give Dill an edge. (The league endorsed Dill's rival, Matthew Dunlap, in the Democratic primary.)
The non-endorsement of Dill comes after the progressive Democrat was passed up earlier this month by the Sierra Club, which endorsed King. Dill, of course, has not even been getting support from the national Democratic party these days for fear that she will split the vote with KIng and help elect Summers.
Wells would not go into detail about why Dill and the other candidates did not qualify for an endorsement. But she said it was because none of them adequately addressed the concerns and issues of the league's members rather than any strategic decision to stay out of the race.
"At this point none of the candidates really passed that thresshold for us, but we look forward to hearing more from the candidates between now and and November," she said.
The league will not endorse any more candidates between now and November, she said, but will post more information on ithe web.
Wells said the reason for the League's non-endorsement will be made clearer next Tuesday when it posts the questionnaires and interviews on its website.
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