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Stein campaigns in Maine

CJ9J5jiUAAEO4RLGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein campaigned in Maine this weekend in advance of municipal elections in the state on Tuesday. WGME-TV Portland reports on its website that Stein spoke at the University of Southern Maine, saying she “supports living wages for workers, eliminating student debt and reigning in big banks.”

Stein “said she’s not counting on winning the White House, but she’s not ruling it out. She said people don’t always vote for the candidate they like the most. Instead, they vote along party lines for someone they might consider the lesser of two evils. ‘All the reasons people were told not to stand up for what we deserve and what we believe, all those scary things, have come to pass, the expanding wars, the offshoring of our jobs, the bailouts for Wall Street,’ Dr. Stein said.”

The full two-hour event can be viewed online. In addition, a four-minute Maine Public Broadcasting interview with Stein can be heard online.

Maine Green Independent Party mayoral candidate Tom MacMillan is on the ballot in Portland this week.

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Portland, Maine Green mayoral candidate says media is ignoring him

PortlandMayor10072015-4.jpgThe Portland Phoenix writes that Maine Green Independent Party mayoral candidate Tom MacMillan “has argued that some press coverage, including the Portland Phoenix’s,” has not been treating his campaign fairly.

Referring to a recent cover of the weekly that showed the other two candidates on the ballot, both Democrats, MacMillan said, “I’ve always liked The Phoenix, and this seems like an aberration to me. I think my candidacy should be covered as well.”

MacMillan said he expects a strong showing on November 3 due to public resentment against what he calls the “political class.” He said, “The political class is going to be very surprised because we’re going to see a big turnout of people who aren’t in that class of people.”

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MacMillan debates rivals for Portland, Maine mayor

PortlandMayorThe Portland Press Herald reports Maine Green Independent Party candidate Tom MacMillan and his two rivals for Portland mayor debated Tuesday evening.

MacMillan said his two rivals, both Democrats, are alike “on many issues, both opposing ballot Question 1 to raise the minimum wage and Question 2 to provide protections for scenic views. MacMillan favors both referendum questions.” MacMillan said, “I’m disappointed that both candidates here stand against living wages. We need to raise the minimum wage for all workers to get by. The average person is struggling. We see taxes go up. We see rent go up. Wages are stagnant. These candidates are opposed to helping working-class people and I’m very disappointed.”

MacMillan also said that as a Green, he could “avoid the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans in the state.”

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Portland, Maine Greens get matching donation pledge of $6,000

maineThe Maine Green Independent Party announced that the Portland Greens have “received a sizable matching donation of up to $6,000 to help with their Get Out The Vote (GOTV) operations this election season!” Any donations up to $6,000 will be matched.

The Portland Greens are running two city council candidates and three school board candidates, in addition to mayoral candidate Tom MacMillan. In 2012, MacMillan finished second in a three-way race for state representative with 27% of the vote, easily outpacing the Republican nominee’s 14% but losing to the incumbent Democrat. MacMillan ran again last year.

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Green candidate submits signatures for Portland, Maine mayoral race

Maine Green Independent Party candidate Tom MacMillan has submitted ballot access signatures for his run for mayor of Portland, Maine. The Portland Press-Herald says “he is running, in part, based on his role to place a question on the November ballot asking residents to raise the local minimum wage to $15 per hour.”

In 2012, MacMillan finished second in a three-way race for state representative with 27% of the vote, easily outpacing the Republican nominee’s 14% but losing to the incumbent Democrat, who received 58%. MacMillan ran again last year.