Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:43

List of candidates for governor grows Featured

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BANGOR - The crowd of gubernatorial candidates keeps growing.

Today another republican announced his intention to campaign for the Blaine House.

With Senator Susan Collins announcing last week she would remain in the  U.S. Senate, even more Candidates are expected to step forward.

You might remember last September, some democrats and republicans tried to remove or censure Governor Paul LePage, following a vulgarity-laced tirade left on a democratic representative's

answering machine. If the governor had been removed then, the senate president would have assumed the office. Winterport republican Senator Mike Thibodeau was then senate president and

he said:, "The fact of the matter is not about impeachment. And, there will be no governor Thibodeau."

Tuesday morning, Thibodeau said things have changed during the past year.

"Nobody wants to become governor of Maine under them circumstances. I want to go out and talk to the people of the state of Maine and explain to them why I'm their best choice."

Thibodeau said he was ready to defend his legislative record.  Term limits keep him from running for re-election to the state senate. He also said he's especially proud he led the fight to repeal the 3 percent tax on Maine's wealthiest


"That tax that was hoisted upon us by the folks at Maine People's Alliance would have had a devastating impact on the economy," said Thibodeau.

There's still eight months before  June's primary election.

One observer believes there may be nearly two dozen by the time ballots are printed.

"Typically, it's in a year where the seat is open for governor. Not always, sometimes you'll have an open seat for governor and you'll have one or two candidates who dominate right out of the gate.

In fact, Dunlap left the door open for a run at the blaine house or the second district congressional seat, currently occupied by republican Bruce Poliquin.

They say there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes. But with this number of candidates, you can be certain the roadsides of Maine will be cluttered with campaign signs in June.


TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and three grandchildren.