(The following was originally published in the Bangor Daily News.)
In January, independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler issued a challenge to his two opponents in Maine’s 2014 gubernatorial contest: Agree to a debate in each of Maine’s 16 counties.
“There are only three of us in this race, and in light of how important this election is for Maine’s future, Maine people deserve a full airing of our ideas over the course of this campaign,” Cutler wrote in a letterto Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.
Election Day is about five months away, the field is officially set, and voters have a choice to make among three different candidates. Primary election season — which wasn’t a factor in Maine’s gubernatorial race this year — has officially transitioned to general election season.
Let the debates begin.