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Gov. Mills intends to run again in 2022

A campaign spokesperson for Governor Mills that she intends to run to retain her office in 2022.
A campaign spokesperson for Governor Mills that she intends to run to retain her office in 2022.(WABI)
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 4:42 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A campaign spokesperson for Governor Mills says Mills intends to run again in 2022.

We asked the Governor about the gubernatorial race, and without mentioning former Governor Paul LePage and his Wednesday night rally, she said a campaign event 14 months before an election is premature.

“I think is way too early to be talking about campaigns,” said Mills. “I don’t think the people of Maine want to hear about campaigns at this stage of things. We’re fighting a pandemic. We’re trying to save lives and keep people out of hospitals and the ICU on the ventilator. We’re trying to reopen our schools. We’re getting our economy back on track. That’s what I’m focused on right now and really nothing else.”

An email sent to supporters Tuesday also informs voters of Mills plans to run again saying she will formerly announce her intentions in the coming months.

The Mills Campaign released a statement tonight in response to LePage’s campaign launch.

The full statement reads:

“Since day one, Governor Mills has delivered for hardworking Maine people and Maine families. Under her leadership, Maine has expanded health care to more than 80,000 people, invested an historic amount of funding into our public schools, delivered property tax relief, expanded broadband, and is fighting climate change. Our rainy day fund is at the highest level ever. Our state budget is in the black. Our credit ratings have been reaffirmed, and, with Maine recovering jobs faster than any other state in New England, our economy is making a comeback.

“Governor Mills has protected the lives and livelihoods of Maine people throughout this deadly pandemic, leading our state to near best-in-the-nation results with one of lowest case and death rates and one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. And she’s just getting started. Governor Mills is focused on putting an end to this pandemic, getting Maine people back to work, strengthening and diversifying our economy with good-paying jobs, and making sure every Maine child can get a world-class education.

“The stakes of this election could not be higher. Now is not the time to go backward.”

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