Muskie School of Public Service

Conversations with the Candidates: Maine's Next Governor

Spring 2014 Speaker Series
Fridays, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall
USM Portland Campus

FREE and OPEN to the public

The USM Muskie School of Public Service and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, in collaboration with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, will host a series of one-on-one conversations with candidates from Maine's 2014 gubernatorial race.

Each of the candidates will have a chance to outline his plans for Maine. Moderators Richard Barringer, professor emeritus in the Muskie School, and Irwin Gratz, Morning Edition Producer for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, will ask one or two questions and then open the floor for questions from the audience. All sessions will be taped for future broadcast on Maine Public Radio’s public affairs show, "Speaking in Maine.”

Speakers include:

Eliot CutlerEliot Cutler (Independent)

March 14, 2014
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall

Listen to the MPBN broadcast

Eliot Cutler began his career as a legislative assistant to Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine, helping craft the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. During the Carter administration, he served as Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science in the Office of Management and Budget, and as the principal White House official for energy. He was a founding partner of Cutler & Stanfield LLP (later merged with international firm Akin Gump in 2000), which specialized in environmental law. Cutler has helped start and manage various businesses, served on the boards of directors of private and public companies, and advised and managed private and public philanthropic organizations. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Georgetown Law.

Mike MichaudMike Michaud (Democrat)

March 21, 2014
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall

Listen to the MPBN broadcast

Mike Michaud has served as the U.S. Representative for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District since 2003. A former mill worker and supervisor at Great Northern Paper Company, Michaud campaigned in the 1970s to clean up the Penobscot River and was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1980. After seven consecutive terms in the House, he was elected to the Maine Senate. During his tenure there (1994-2003), Michaud served on the Productivity Realization Task Force, as chair of the Appropriations Committee, and as Senate President. In the U.S. House of Representatives, he serves on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where he is the ranking member, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Michaud is the first Franco-American from Maine to be elected to federal office.

Paul LePagePaul LePage (Republican)

Governor LePage has been invited to participate.
Date: to be determined.

Paul LePage was elected Governor of Maine in 2010 following an eight-year tenure as mayor of Waterville, Maine. Previously, he had held two terms as a Waterville city councilor. LePage served as the general manager of the Marden’s chain of retail stores from 1996 to 2011, prior to which he headed a private consultancy that advised banks, law firms, client companies, insurance companies, bankruptcy courts, and trustees. His industry experience also includes manufacturing, wood products, forestry, power, furniture, food and beverage, building supply, and construction in Maine and Canada. LePage holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Husson College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maine.


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