BANGOR, Maine — Will Maine’s next governor be a cat or a dog?
Anyone with a dollar to spare can weigh in on the decision as part of a fundraiser Green Acres Kennel Shop on Union Street is conducting to benefit Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s Furry Friends Food Bank.
The bank provides pet food for elderly and handicapped people on fixed incomes who otherwise would have to give up their pets or who share their own meals with their pets because they can’t afford pet food, EAAA spokeswoman Carol Higgins Taylor said.
Green Acres owners Don and Paula Hanson hope to raise $5,000 through the fundraiser, which runs through Nov. 2, Don Hanson said Tuesday.
In the fundraiser, Rex, Fiona and Sparky — Green Acres’ media mascots — are running for governor. Candidate profiles have been posted on the campaign’s website at www.for-gov.com, where ballots can be downloaded. The website is linked to the campaign’s Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/GAKS.FFFFB.
“We really believe strongly in what the Furry Friends Food Bank does,” Hanson said. “We started supporting them a few years ago because it’s so important to help people keep their pets in their homes. This is part of our way of helping.”
“Our target is $5,000,” he said. The money will be used to buy pet food for the Furry Friends program, which Taylor said is struggling to keep up the need of those who depend on it.
“We still get large donations, but the demand is higher than ever. The demand actually doubled in the last year,” she said.
Votes can be cast in person at Green Acres or by downloading a ballot from the campaign website and mailing it in or dropping it off, Hanson said.
Higgins said another way to vote is to go to www.eaaa.org and click on the “Donate Now” button, which leads to a page where donors can choose their candidate. At eaaa.org, there is a five-vote, or $5, minimum.
To sweeten the deal, Green Acres will match each dollar raised after the first $1,000.
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“In other words, 3,000 votes ($3,000) will result in a total of $5,000 that will be used to purchase pet food at wholesale prices for donation to the Furry Friends Food Bank,” Taylor said.
As of Tuesday, however, only 845 votes had been cast, according to an update posted on the campaign website.
The website showed that the race could be going to the dogs. Sparky held a small lead, with 35.1 percent of the vote to Rex’s 34.5 percent. Fiona, a cat, lagged behind at 30.55 percent.
“It’s still anybody’s race at this point,” Hanson said. The election results will be unleashed Wednesday, Nov. 3.
“Unlike with other elections, people are encouraged to vote early and often,” Taylor quipped Tuesday.