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How Serious Are the Maine Green Candidates for Governor?

Two members of the Maine Green Independent Party have registered as candidates in the 2010 election for Governor of Maine: Lynne Williams of Bar Harbor and Patrick Quinlan of Gorham. The Bangor Daily News mentions both candidates in its consideration of 2010 third-party potential, and In Green Party Watch breathlessly asks, “Will we have a primary?”

All it takes to have a gubernatorial primary is two registered party candidates. The question is whether the Maine Greens will have a competitive primary in the race for governor. Let’s compare the activity to date of Quinlan and Williams, both of whom have filed official candidate registration paperwork for the race for the Blaine House.

Lynne Williams formally announced her candidacy in Portland and Bangor two days ago:

…out-of-scale industrial projects are being forced on communities where they are not welcome. Rather than simply accept this as the cost of economic development, we must be very clear that these projects have costs, and we must force these companies to externalize those costs. If a company seeks to extract value from our natural resources, resources that are the birthright of the people of Maine, then they must be told that the cost of nature is no longer zero.
The businesses that are most compatible with our state, and with our people, are entrepreneurial, creative and self-sustaining. Economic initiatives should percolate from the ground up, not from the top down, and people and communities must have the power to make their own economic decisions.
We need a governor with a vision of how every town and city in this state can come together to meet all of the challenges that are on the horizon over the next decade. As governor, I would be a gardener, not an architect, planting seeds throughout the state and letting them grow, rather than designing a master plan and imposing it on the landscape….

Williams has a campaign website that solicits donors and volunteers. She has an active Facebook group and (although I don’t understand the need for or substance of this) twitters about campaign activities as well.

Lynne Williams has submitted her July 2009 Pre-Election Semiannual campaign finance report, which was released to the public this afternoon. The report shows 31 contributions of more than $50, none more than $100, including Tom Hayden (yes, that Tom Hayden).

Patrick Quinlan has a website, but that website makes no mention of him running for public office (the website promotes his three novels and one co-written memoir). Quinlan’s MySpace page similarly makes no mention of a gubernatorial run. A blog of his mentions him “thinking about running for Governor of Maine” and “whether I ultimately run for Governor or not,” as late as June 23 of this year, long after Lynne Williams’ campaign was effectively up and running. Quinlan’s required Pre-Election Semiannual campaign finance report has not yet been posted.

There’s a lot of time left in the 2010 election cycle, but judging by the status of candidacies today, it looks as though there may be just one major Green Party candidate for Governor of Maine in 2010.

5 comments to How Serious Are the Maine Green Candidates for Governor?

  • Facebook pages are essential. They are basically free ways for supporters of a certain candidate to get together, discuss the candidate, network on grassroots efforts, etc. It’s early still, so I’d imagine we will see more action on the pages as time goes on.

    • Jim

      Oh, I agree that Facebook pages are useful.

      What I don’t understand is the usefulness of twitter updates, or tweets, or whatever they’re called this week. They’re very short, it’s hard to follow the thread of any conversation, and it just seems to me that regular web pages and Facebook pages accomplish more. Perhaps I’m missing something generational, like with my parents and VCRs. If you could explain the utility of Twitter to me, I’d appreciate it.

      • Juniper

        As far as I can tell, Twitter appeals to people who prefer to read and write on the tiny screen of a cell phone. Don’t bury them with words!

  • qs

    Isn’t twitter kind of a celebrity thing?

    If you rally like an athlete or a certain celebrity, then you like those things.

  • Twitter is great for quickly promoting an event your speaking at or news broadcast you will appear on. You can also direct people to a larger article you wrote or a piece that highlights your interests or concerns as a candidate. A candidate can also quickly comment on a story or tweet and or quickly reach supports.

    There is untapped potential in Twitter politically. I think Twitter campaigning is in it’s infancy at the moment. We will get a feel of what the impact of Twitter will be during the 2010 and 2012 elections. It could be a game changer.

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