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Two Independent Gubernatorial Candidates Qualify for Maine Ballot
04/23/2010 03:12 PM ET  

Eliot Cutler, an environmental lawyer and former Carter administration official, and Shawn Moody, a Gorham businessman, have both filed the required signatures to qualify for the November ballot, state officials say.

As the major party candidates for governor duke it out in the June primary race, independent candidates are beginning to qualify for Maine's November ballot.

Two candidates running for governor as independents have so far won spots on the November ballot. Eliot Cutler, a Bangor native and environmental lawyer who served as the Carter administration's top energy advisor, today filed the more than 4,000 signatures required for a spot on the ballot.

Yesterday, Gorham businessman Shawn Moody filed the required signatures, also winning a place on the ballot, says Maine's Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn.

Cutler's campaign manager Ted O'Meara says more than a third of Maine's electorate identify themselves as independent or unenrolled voters, making them a major factor in the November race.

"Maine people can now be assured that there will be a strong, experienced, Independent candidate on the ballot this fall," O'Meara says in a statement.

Shawn Moody, the founder of Moody's Collision Centers, says he has not yet filed his candidate registration forms and plans to do so within the next couple of weeks. 

The deadline for independent or unenrolled candidates to submit their signatures is June 1st.


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