Stories about Shawn Moody

Moody is a political newcomer and self-professed “regular guy” who never previously ran for, much less held, elected office. But as the owner of a tightly regulated business operating in five Maine communities, Moody claims he is plenty familiar with government.

Moody, 50, is one of three gubernatorial candidates hoping Maine voters will forgo the major-party contenders this November and send an independent to the Blaine House for only the third time in the past century.

“How many times have you heard people say, ‘Why can’t we have a good, honest, regular person go up to Augusta and straighten things out?’” Moody said. “I feel I’m that person.” READ PROFILE ->


MCLU files suit over ‘Cutler Files,’ challenging Maine election regulations

BDN staff and wire reports on March 10, 2011, at 5:17 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging state election rules on behalf of one of the creators of a political website that took aim at a candidate in last fall’s gubernatorial campaign. The complaint in Cumberland County Superior Court was filed on behalf …
Dennis Bailey as executive director of Casinos No.

Moody consultant Dennis Bailey admits to hand in Cutler Files

By Beth Quimby, Portland Press Herald on Dec. 24, 2010, at 10:05 a.m.
Dennis Bailey, a political consultant who owns a public relations firm in Portland, has acknowledged he was one of the creators of The Cutler Files, a website that targeted independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. Bailey, the owner of Savvy Inc., revealed his role in The Cutler Files on Thursday night …

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.

Ethics panel to probe anti-Cutler site

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 20, 2010, at 9:05 p.m.
The Maine Ethics Commission voted Wednesday to proceed with an investigation into whether the people behind a website targeting independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler have violated the state’s campaign disclosure laws.

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 …

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.