Stories about Kevin Scott

Scott, 42, explained to a reporter over wraps at a Lebanese restaurant in Waterville recently that it’s not the governor’s job to know everything. Having changed from a dark business suit to jeans, a button-up shirt and cowboy boots, Scott said he finds the spectacle of gubernatorial candidates claiming they know exactly what to do in whatever situation absurd.

Scott, one of five candidates for governor, doesn’t appear to have much going for him in political terms. At a forum, the candidates were asked how they felt about the health reform law.

The candidates for governor rattled off their likes and dislikes, except for independent Kevin Scott, who said basically, he didn’t know.

“I’m not saying I don’t have the answers,” said Scott during a recent interview. “I have the answer. The answer to the problem is that someone else has the solution. That’s an answer in and of itself. Betty over here knows exactly what to do. I’m the governor; follow Betty.” READ PROFILE ->

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LePage, Cutler await returns from key precincts

By Kevin Miller on Nov. 02, 2010, at 6:18 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News has projected Paul LePage the winner by a slim margin. Read more here. AUGUSTA | Republican Paul LePage held a slim lead Wednesday morning over independent candidate Eliot Cutler in a nail-biting battle for the Blaine House as the candidates awaited full returns. Neither candidate …

Voters head to the polls to elect new governor

By Kevin Miller on Nov. 01, 2010, at 8:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine voters will head to the polls today to cast ballots in heated races for governor, Congress and the Legislature during an election season in which economic concerns have trumped all other issues. Polls in most towns are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and state …

Undecideds hold sway in governor’s race

By Eric Russell on Oct. 31, 2010, at 7:17 p.m.
In coffee shops, in diners and across kitchen tables over the weekend, many Maine voters struggled to decide who they want to lead the state for the next four years. A group of four 50-something men having lunch on Saturday in Ellsworth agreed that the election is monumentally important because …
Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage, left, holds up a chart while debating the state budget with Democratic candidate Elizabeth Mitchell, right, while independent candidate Kevin Scott, center, gets caught in the middle on Saturday during a debate in Portland.

In final debate, five gov race rivals highlight differences

The Associated Press on Oct. 31, 2010, at 7:15 a.m.
AUGUSTA | An eighth-grader’s submitted question about negative political ads triggered the sharpest exchange among the five candidates for governor on Saturday night as they held their final debate before Election Day. Republican candidate Paul LePage said more than $2 million had been spent by opponents attacking him, although …

Blaine House candidates’ final days are do-or-die

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 29, 2010, at 8:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The five candidates for governor will be canvassing the state for votes this weekend, shaking hands and delivering stump speeches as a campaign dominated by concerns about job security and economic development enters its final days. Recent polls suggest that Republican Paul LePage continues to lead the …

Maine’s students narrowly pick LePage

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 28, 2010, at 10:53 p.m.
Mock Election BANGOR | Republican Paul LePage narrowly defeated independent Eliot Cutler in the 2010 student mock election, in which students in more than 150 schools participated. After the votes were counted Thursday evening, LePage, the mayor of Waterville, earned 28 percent of the student vote compared with Cutler’s …
The five candidates for governor gathered Tuesday for a forum at Presque Isle Middle School. Above, Republican Paul LePage makes a point.

Candidates turn eyes to Aroostook

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 26, 2010, at 10:06 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | To some Mainers, Aroostook County might seem like the end of the Earth. There’s little dispute that it lies at the end of the proverbial road and that that road is lined with little more than trees. When it comes to politics, though, it’s anything but …

LePage leads in burger poll at Governor’s

BDN staff reports on Oct. 26, 2010, at 12:38 p.m.
OLD TOWN | Next Tuesday, Maine voters will elect a new governor. In the meantime, the restaurant chain that has held the title of “Governor” for a half-century is giving customers a chance to vote for Maine’s next Governor Burger. Governor’s Restaurant has been inviting customers to cast ballots …

Publicly financed candidate Mitchell outspends Maine field

The Associated Press on Oct. 25, 2010, at 12:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrat Libby Mitchell, whose campaign in Maine’s gubernatorial race is publicly financed through the Maine Clean Election Act, has reported spending $1.7 million to date, making her the top spender. The most recent campaign finance reports shows that independent Eliot Cutler has spent nearly $1.6 million in …

Candidates lay out plans for solving $1B budget gap

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 24, 2010, at 8:40 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Regardless of the weather on inauguration day in January, Maine’s next governor will take the oath of office under a cloud of financial gloom. It’s still too early to tell exactly how large a budget shortfall the next governor will inherit thanks to the recession and the …

Gubernatorial candidates debate in Portland

The Associated Press on Oct. 24, 2010, at 10:49 a.m.
The five candidates for Maine governor swapped views in a radio debate as they approached the final week before one of them will be elected to lead the state. Education, energy and the economy were the big topics as Eliot Cutler, Paul LePage, Libby Mitchell, Shawn Moody …
From left, gubernatorial candidates, independent Shawn Moody, independent Kevin Scott, Democrat Libby Mitchell, independent Eliot Cutler and Republican Paul LePage listen to a question during a debate hosted by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Oct. 20, 2010 in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

LePage: Mitchell 'married' to bureaucracy

The Associated Press on Oct. 20, 2010, at 11:26 p.m.
With less than two weeks until Election Day in a tight governor’s race, Republican Paul LePage accused his leading opponent of being wed to government bureaucracy while Democrat Libby Mitchell touted her long history of public service.

Candidates skirt pension ‘time bomb’

By John Christie on Oct. 20, 2010, at 8:45 p.m.
A widely respected think tank calls the $4.2 billion that taxpayers owe to Maine’s retirement system a “ticking time bomb” that should dominate any discussion of the state’s finances. The …
In this Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 photo, gubernatorial candidates debate just 2 weeks before the election. This campaign season has brought a bumper crop of foibles by candidates in this fall's gubernatorial election, as candidates aggressively research their foes in hopes of finding skeletons in closets. At left is Republican Paul LePage, and Democrat Libby Mitchell, right. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

Politicians' imperfections highlighted in Maine

The Associated Press on Oct. 20, 2010, at 5:59 a.m.
Even without counting verbal gaffes, Maine’s election season has produced a bumper crop of foibles

Latest poll: LePage strongest in northern district

By Jeff Tuttle on Oct. 19, 2010, at 12:24 p.m.
Republican Paul LePage is drawing his strength from the northern part of the state, according to a new poll that shows the GOP candidate holding his lead in the race for the Blaine …

Government spending at center of Maine gov debate

The Associated Press on Oct. 19, 2010, at 5:54 a.m.
Mitchell and LePage are locked in a race that’s too close to call.

Gubernatorial candidates discuss taxes, new arena at Bangor forum

By Matt Wickenheiser on Oct. 14, 2010, at 9:51 p.m.
The five candidates for governor talked about arenas, taxes, tourism and the future of forest products at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce forum at Husson University on Thursday …

Candidates debate municipal cutbacks in Augusta

The Associated Press on Oct. 13, 2010, at 4:38 p.m.
Four of the five candidates for Maine governor tackled questions related to municipal service cuts in a debate-like forum at the Maine Municipal Association’s annual convention.
Gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell answers questions from reporters about her policy agenda at a press conference in Bangor on Monday, Sept. 13. Her plan consists of six specific proposals directed at creating and retaining sustainable jobs. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Polls differ on support for Cutler, undecided voters

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 13, 2010, at 12:30 p.m.
Two polls released Wednesday show Republican Paul LePage and Democrat Libby Mitchell still locked in a close battle for the Blaine House.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler speaks to Bangor Rotarians at their luncheon at the Seminary Hill Campus in Bangor Tuesday afternoon, August 17, 2010. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)     (WEB EDITION PHOTO)

Cutler accuses Mitchell, union of conspiring to oppose education reform

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 13, 2010, at 11:31 a.m.
Calling it an “unholy alliance,” Cutler said Maine risks being left behind economically unless the state can better equip students to enter college or the work force.