Profiles of the Democratic candidates for governor – Portland Press …

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Adam Cote
Age: 45
Hometown: Sanford
Occupation: Attorney, CEO of Thermal Energy Storage and Maine Army National Guard veteran
Political/public offices: Sanford School Committee, Midcoast Regional Development Authority board
Family: Married, with five young children

Adam Cote was the first Democrat to declare his candidacy for governor. Since then, he’s held or attended over 500 events around the state. In his campaign, Cote has emphasized his experience in business (co-founding a company focused on off-peak heating and cooling), in policy work as an attorney and as a leader. A major in the Maine Army National Guard, Cote deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia during his 20-year career with the Guard. Frequent talking points include economic development, renewable energy, infrastructure investment and improving the civility of politics in Maine.
He has touted himself as an independent outsider able to work with all parties in Augusta and someone who will promote Maine as “the best place in the world” as a way to build the economy, retain young families and attract new workers. Cote is running as a privately financed candidate and had raised just over $804,000 for his campaign as of April 24.

Donna Dion
Age: 66
Hometown: Biddeford
Occupation: Retired after finance career in nonprofit and public sector.
Political/public offices: Biddeford mayor, Biddeford School Board, Biddeford/Saco Economic Development Council, Biddeford Comprehensive Planning Committee, Coastal Counties Workforce board member
Family: Married, with one adult son

Donna Dion touts her experience as mayor of Biddeford – Maine’s sixth-largest city – from 1998 to 2003 as

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