February 18, 2018
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‘Conversations with the Candidates: Maine’s Next Governor’ at USM

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PORTLAND, Maine — The University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, in collaboration with Maine Public Broadcasting Network, will host a series of one-on-one “Conversations with the Candidates: Maine’s Next Governor.”

Independent candidate Eliot Cutler will appear on Friday, March 14, followed by Democratic candidate and U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud on Friday, March 21. Both events will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Luther Bonney Hall’s Talbot Auditorium on USM’s Portland campus. The series is free and open to the public.

Gov. Paul LePage has been invited to discuss his bid for re-election but has not confirmed if he will be able to participate.

Each of the candidates will have a chance to outline his plans for Maine. Moderators Irwin Gratz, morning edition producer at Maine Public Brodcasting Network, and Richard Barringer, professor emeritus in the USM Muskie School, 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.”

“This series is an excellent example of how the Muskie School engages the Maine community in important issues of the day and strengthens civic life,” said Barringer. “We’re especially pleased to be working with our colleagues in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and with Maine Public Broadcasting to bring this important election home to the citizens of Maine.”

More information is available at
or by calling the USM Muskie School at 780-4563.