Five Maine governor candidates to meet in forum

Posted Sept. 18, 2010, at 12:43 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — All five of Maine’s gubernatorial contestants are signed up for a candidates’ forum before a seniors’ group.

The Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging plays host to Tuesday morning’s forum, which will be carried on cable TV. The seniors’ group wants to see where the candidates stand on issues important to older citizens — especially as Maine’s large baby boomer population ages.

Mainers have the highest median age in the country. In 2000, about 14 percent of Maine’s population was 65 or over, and by 2030, that’ll grow to 22 percent.

The candidates are Democrat Libby Mitchell, Republican Paul LePage and independents Eliot Cutler, Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott. They’ll be asked about services for seniors, home and community based care, health care reform and elder abuse.

The forum is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Spectrum Generations Muskie Community Center, 38 Gold St. in Waterville.