Just as in Maine, the states of Alaska and Kansas had close three-way elections coming up. Unlike Maine, these states weighed their options and found solutions that work to their benefit.

In Alaska, the unpopular Republican governor was campaigning against an independent and a Democrat. The Democrat is now running on the independent’s ticket as his lieutenant governor.

In Kansas, the very unpopular Republican senator running for re-election was facing independent and Democratic challengers. The Democratic candidate decided to drop out of the race, thus giving the independent the edge.

There, the good of the state was placed above the pride and glory of individuals. People worked together to find a winning solution.

Why can’t we do the same thing? Why do I have to “vote strategically” for governor? Why? Because certain Mainers are not being Mainers.

Valerie Kazarian


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