November 3, 2010

Voters cite many reasons at the ballot box

Hope, fear, anger or desire for change are just some of the motivations to vote for, or against, a candidate.

By Kelley Bouchard
Staff Writer

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A pair of voters in Biddeford walk away from voting booths at the J. Richard Martin Community Center in Biddeford on Tuesday, Despite its being an off-year election, many areas reported a heavy turnout of voters.

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What did voters say as the left the polls?

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Julie Levesque, 77, a retired Democrat who lives in Waterville, voted for Mitchell and Michaud.

"I'm strong Democratic-leaning and I approve of her stance on many issues," Levesque said of Mitchell. "It's more about other issues I don't agree with, from her opponents."

Tony Rose, 63, a retired Democrat who lives in Portland, also voted for Mitchell.

"I met her and had discussions with her and trust her," Rose said. "It's hard to say who's lying the most. She isn't pushing the limit of lying. A lot of them are lying. And a lot of them are too negative. All politicians should be honest. No negative ads. The ads should say, 'This is my party and this is what I am doing. If you don't like it, vote for someone else.'"

Amy Boyington, 40, an unenrolled voter who is a nurse and lives in Scarborough, voted for Mitchell and Pingree.

"I wavered between Eliot Cutler and (Mitchell), but I didn't like LePage. He just doesn't seem qualified," Boyington said. "I'm pretty liberal, grew up in northern Maine, and I think southern Maine is pretty liberal. But having moved away and come back, it made me aware of the conservatism here. I want Maine to be more welcoming."

Carolyn Sloan, 62, an administrative assistant and Democrat who lives in Portland, voted for Mitchell and Pingree.

"I value (Mitchell's) experience and her ability to work with the people in the Legislature," Sloan said. "The Legislature has done a really great job of coping with the last two years -- not that it's been pleasant."

Some Democrats voted for LePage and Scontras, including Richard Downs, 65, a retiree from Portland.

"I'm a registered Democrat, but that's not the way I vote these days," Downs said. "We've had Democrats in control now for so long in Augusta. That's one of the reasons I was against (Mitchell), because she's been there for 30 some-odd years and they've been in control, and look where we are. Why would I want her to be governor?"

Some unenrolled voters chose LePage and Levesque, including Robert Rossignol, 68, a retiree from Fairfield.

"I thought (LePage) did a good job in Waterville," Rossignol said. "He was a very good mayor. He seems to be in business and we need someone in business, instead of all of those lawyers." He voted for Levesque "because Mike Michaud is too much Nancy Pelosi-style."

Republicans who voted for Cutler included Sally Petit, 56, a substitute teacher who lives in Scarborough.

"I didn't choose Mitchell because she's old school," Petit said. "And LePage, I didn't trust what he would do."

Barbara Lord, 65, a Republican retiree who lives in Hallowell, also voted for Cutler. "I just think we needed a change," she said.

Another Republican who voted for Cutler was Patricia Bessey, 39, a stay-at-home mom who lives in Newport.

"I liked everything he had to say," Bessey said. "I just wanted fresh blood, but not LePage." She voted for Michaud because "I like his experience."

Democrats who voted for Cutler included Ramzi Karam, 67, a car salesman who lives in Scarborough.

Karam said he liked Cutler's "background, his ads, his experience, his coolness. He doesn't blow up, like somebody else. He showed up for all the debates, too. He did not skip any."

Janice Hallee, 53, a laid-off teacher who lives in Fairfield, is another Democrat who voted for Cutler, as well as Michaud.

"He's very well-spoken and sophisticated and has global experience," Hallee said. "(Michaud) has a proven record and is careful in how he protects Maine."

Cutler also got the vote of Diane Nickerson, 59, a receptionist who lives in Portland and is an unenrolled voter.

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