Janet Mills and Paul LePage couldn’t be more different. On issues of importance, we, as voters, have a clear choice. Regarding character, personality and interactions with others, the differences are also clear.

Over 20 years ago, I joined a book club (through the Maine Humanities Council) with individuals from diverse backgrounds and professions. Janet Mills was also a member of this group. I grew to know her as a valued member of the group. She was intelligent, thoughtful, well-prepared. She had interesting things to say.

More importantly, she never pushed her way into the center of attention. She was eager to hear what others had to say, never interrupting, one-upping or ridiculing them. When she had a difference of opinion, she expressed it respectfully. She valued politeness, civility, respect for others and differences, while also not shying away from articulating her own ideas.

Democrat Janet Mills has the qualities I want in a governor.

Alan Blum

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