July 18, 2013

Maine Voices: Campaign coverage focuses on numbers at expense of qualifications

Name recognition and contributions won't solve the many challenges that the state of Maine faces.

By Stephen M. Woods

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Today, LePage, Cutler and Michaud all have better "numbers" than I do based upon current dogma. But it's my fervent hope that in our June 2014 primary and the Nov. 4, 2014, gubernatorial election, Mainers will focus on a completely different set of numbers.

With a land area of 30,843 square miles, a population of approximately 1,328,361, 16 counties, almost 500 municipalities widely spread out across the state, the highest median age in the country (43.5), high energy costs and relatively weak border economies, Maine faces an economic reality that challenges our today and threatens, with severe consequence, our many tomorrows.

Our next gubernatorial election should not be about the numbers attached to any politician, but instead, the numbers associated to economic hardships facing thousands of Mainers across our great state.

Name recognition polling and/or fundraising success will not solve Maine's challenges. That requires a leader with vision, experience and a passion to lead Maine into a better future.

Stephen M. Woods is chairman of the Yarmouth Town Council, a declared Democratic candidate for governor of Maine in 2014, and CEO of TideSmart Global.


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