Saturday, March 8, 2014
Cynthia Dill talks with Skip Clark, center, and Janet Saurman, right, at a campaign fundraiser at the Run of the Mill Public House in Saco last Friday. Dill has worked to dispel the idea that voting for her will help elect Republican Charlie Summers.
Photos by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer
Cynthia Dill checks email on her laptop after returning home from a run in Cape Elizabeth. Each day of campaigning has been different, she says, whether traveling around the state or working from home or meeting voters at various events.
The radio interview with The Voice of Russia's American Edition was scheduled for 10 a.m. But as Dill walked out of her basement door at 10:01, she saw Marley, her 4-year-old yellow Lab, looking at her from the woods in her yard.
Cursing softly, Dill scurried up the driveway in her charcoal pant suit.
"Come on, Marley. Come on, girl. Let's go," she repeated in that high-pitched tone typically reserved for animals and babies.
It wasn't the last obstacle Dill would encounter as she campaigned that day, or even the last holdup on her way to Portland that morning.
As the campaign car, a Toyota Prius driven by Dill's scheduler, approached the Fore River on Route 77, yellow lights flashed. The Casco Bay Bridge was up.
Despite the delays, the Prius, which has amassed more than 24,000 miles since January, rolled up beside the market on Brighton Avenue with a few spare minutes before the news conference for Dill to collect her thoughts in the back seat.
She wanted to meet the press to dispel the notion that she could split enough of the vote with independent Angus King to hand a victory to Republican Charlie Summers.
Every day, she said, people tell her they want to vote for her but are afraid of repeating the scenario of Maine's three-way race for governor in 2010, when Republican Paul LePage won with less than 40 percent of the vote.
"It's time that Maine people stop looking back out of fear," Dill said, standing outside the market with cameras in front of her and cars whizzing by.
She pointed to the latest polls, showing Summers with 24 percent. No matter how the rest of the votes are divided, she said, the Republican is not going to win.
The same polls, however, show Dill with half the votes that Summers has. Addressing that later in the day, she said those numbers reflect people's fear. If they voted for the candidate who best represents their values, she said, "I definitely would have a chance."
After grabbing a coffee in the Rosemont Market, Dill went to the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland to help serve lunch to the city's needy.
She left her double-breasted blazer in the car and rolled up the sleeves of her button-down shirt before mixing a tray of mashed potatoes and shredded cabbage. As diners filed through, Dill scooped heaping spoonfuls of the traditional Irish dish called colcannon.
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