Republican Gubernatorial Candidates
Ken Fredette | House Republican Leader
Rural Maine Roots
Rep. Ken Fredette was born in Houlton, Maine (Aroostook County) and lived in the small Washington County town of Danforth with his parents, Maurice and Loretta, and five siblings. Growing up in rural Maine had it’s share of financial challenges, as the family of seven struggled with the decline of the forest products industry.
Representative Fredette has always kept these humble beginnings in mind during his four terms in office, specifically while successfully advancing tax cuts and welfare-to-work legislation.
From Public School to Higher Education
Representative Fredette graduated valedictorian from East Grand High School, and went on to earn a B.S. in Accounting at the University of Maine at Machias. He then completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern Maine’s Edmund Muskie School for Public Service, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law. Years later, he completed coursework for a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
A Proud Military Heritage
As is true for many small town families, the Fredettes have a proud record of military service. His Father, Maurice, served in the United States Air Force, and his brothers served in the Marines and the Army. Representative Fredette has continued to build upon this strong military heritage, and serves as a Lieutenant Colonel and Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the Maine Air National Guard in Bangor’s 101st Air Refueling Wing.
Rise to House Republican Leader
In 2010, Representative Fredette was first elected to the Maine House of Representatives, where he served on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee during the first two years of the LePage Administration.
His commitment to control state spending didn’t go unnoticed by his colleagues, and he was chosen to be the Leader of the House Republican Caucus for the 126th, 127th, and current 128th Maine State Legislatures.
A Record of Reform
Rep. Fredette’s four terms serving the people of House District 100 (Corinna, Dixmont, Etna (part), Newport and Plymouth) will be remembered for paying off Maine’s hospital debt, enacting real welfare reform, funding career training programs, implementing three historic income tax cuts, pension and regulatory reform, and most recently holding the line against new tax increases during the 2017-2019 Biennial State Budget negotiations.
Representative Fredette is no stranger to political campaigns. A lifelong Republican, he worked as a staffer for presidential candidate Bob Dole, Governor Jock McKernan’s reelection campaign, and the Hon. Rick Bennett’s congressional race.
As the House Republican Leader, he has recruited hundreds of republican house candidates from every corner of Maine.
Engaged in the Community
Representative Fredette is a member of the Fraternal Brotherhood of Masons and the Knights of Columbus, and is past President of the Board of Directors of the Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union.
Currently an attorney in private practice, he has taught courses at Eastern and Southern Maine Community Colleges. Rep. Fredette also enjoys his time coaching baseball and basketball.
Rep. Fredette at Home
Representative Fredette is the proud father of two children, Morgan and Colby, both graduates of Nokomis High School and currently attending Husson University in Bangor.Rep. Fredette is an avid hunter and a strong supporter of Second Amendment Rights, having earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine for previous House races.
Garrett Mason | Maine State Senate Majority Leader
Garrett Mason is a seventh generation Mainer who calls Lisbon and Androscoggin County home. He currently serves as Senate Majority Leader, while also working in his family’s excavation business and leading on conservative causes.
Garrett grew up in a faith-filled Maine home where he learned the values of hard work, self-reliance, and humility. His dad worked as an oil delivery driver, later starting a small business. His mom worked at home, raising a family that pinched pennies sewing much of the childrens’ clothes. These are the values that have made him a lifelong conservative Republican.
Early on, Garrett operated heavy machinery and today, manages the family business’ books with his Dad calling him “tighter than bark to a tree.”
After college, Garrett took a job managing the Lewiston Maineiacs hockey team. Helping manage a complex business opened his eyes to the challenges faced by job creators in Maine. Determined to stop an overbearing government, Garrett ran for Senate to bring energy and change to Augusta.
The establishment and political insiders told Garrett he would never win his first race, but his message of challenging and changing the status quo in Augusta propelled him to victory.
Garrett is the first person in nearly half a century to serve back-to-back terms as Senate Majority Leader. Also holding the position of President Pro-Tempore, Garrett is the youngest person in Maine history to preside over a Senate session.
While in Augusta, Garrett has been a tireless advocate for Maine taxpayers. He knows that Maine needs less onerous regulation and more innovation to meet the challenges of the 21st Century economy. As such, he was the only member of the legislative leadership, Republican or Democrat, to vote against the biennel budget that increased taxes and spending to record levels. He also led on welfare and education reforms substantively changing lives for the better.
Garrett is a Mainer through and through, and loves the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, and camping.
Garrett Mason is the Maine First candidate for governor.
Mary Mayhew | Former Commissioner of the Department of Health & Human Services
Appointed by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2011 to be the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, Mary Mayhew stepped down in May 2017 to announce her candidacy. No other candidate for Governor has her specific knowledge of the state’s budget, programs, challenges, resources, or legislative process. Mary understands that leaders need to be able to set priorities, establish goals, benchmark performance and make difficult choices because she has undertaken these tasks and successfully accomplished what she has set out to do.
Commissioner of Health and Human Services
Mayhew served more than six years at the helm of the state’s largest agency, overseeing a more than $3.4 billion budget and 3,400 employees. She managed the many of the state’s most vital programs, including MaineCare (Maine’s Medicaid program), Aging and Disability Services, Child Welfare, Adult Protective Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Food Stamps (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child support enforcement, agency licensure and public health.
Under her leadership, guidance and policy direction, Mary Mayhew spearheaded the LePage Administration’s welfare reform efforts by implementing time limits and work requirements to help people onto a pathway of prosperity and out of poverty and government dependency. Mayhew increased the Department’s focus on fraud prevention, detection and prosecution to protect taxpayer funding of these safety-net programs for vulnerable adults and families in need of assistance.
Having inherited an agency in constant financial crisis, Mayhew led the department in establishing effective program prioritization and financial management practices. Her leadership halted more than a decade of multi-million dollar budget shortfalls and stabilized Medicaid spending to focus on core priorities of serving the needs of people with disabilities, our elderly and our children. This fiscal stability helped Governor LePage create a budget surplus for the state.
As commissioner, Mayhew implemented innovative reforms in Maine’s Medicaid program, moving away from a sole focus on claims processing to demonstrating value and improved health outcomes for the $2.4 billion spent annually on more than 280,000 Mainers. Her agency accomplished this through investments in primary care and innovative care models designed to improve management of chronic diseases, integrate behavioral and physical health and reduce inappropriate use of healthcare services. When she stepped down to announce her run for governor, nearly 40 percent of Maine’s Medicaid population had its care coordinated. This approach has led to many positive outcomes, including an increase in preventative screening, a 10-percent reduction in inappropriate emergency department use, and nearly 17 percent cost avoidance for members whose care is coordinated.
Because of her desire to strengthen and support at-risk families, Mayhew focused on a holistic approach to improve the integration of services across the Department. Mayhew has prioritized the implementation of a nationally recognized evidence-based model to guide improved decision-making and case prioritization within child welfare.
With a keen focus on data analytics and data-informed decision-making, her agency prioritized measurable performance outcomes to assure taxpayer funds are accomplishing meaningful goals for those served by the Department.
Prior to her appointment, Mayhew was the Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Administration.
Private Sector Experience
Before serving in the LePage Administration, Mayhew served for 11 years as vice president of the Maine Hospital Association. She was previously a partner in the public affairs firm of Hawkes & Mayhew, based in Augusta, and also served as a manager of state government relations for Equifax Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. for Congressman William Alexander.
Mayhew was born in Pittsfield, Maine. Her mother worked as a nurse’s aide, and her father was a foreman at a local manufacturing company. He also was chairman of the school board and a community leader. At 14, her family moved to Arkansas to care for her mother’s aging parents.
At 17, she moved to Washington, D.C. to become a congressional page and finish high school. Her graduation included a Rose Garden reception with President Ronald Reagan. She then enrolled at the University of Arkansas, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. Her father passed away when she was 19. After working in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia, she moved back to Maine in 1990.
Mary lives in China, Maine with her two sons, Cameron and Chance.
Shawn Moody | Businessman
A lifelong common-sense conservative and successful job-creating entrepreneur, Shawn Moody is running for Governor of Maine to ensure Maine continues to be successful for years to come and that every Mainer achieves his or her full potential.
Shawn Moody is best known for the successful business he has grown to 11 locations around Maine.
However, many may not know Shawn’s full story.
The son of a single mom who struggled with illness in-and-out of the hospital while trying to raise Shawn and his siblings; Shawn learned firsthand what it meant to struggle and it to overcome adversity.
Growing up in a trailer park in Gorham, the same town in which he now lives, Shawn and his brother and sister worked together with their mom, a hair stylist, to keep the family together.
As a young man, Shawn knew that his way to success in life was a career and a job. At the age of just 13 Shawn started working with automobiles as his hobby and, by that age, had already rebuilt engines and began overhauling cars.
Shawn later started a business in his mom’s garage which has grown to Moody’s Collision Centers, one of Maine’s most successful entrepreneurial companies with 11 locations and nearly 200 employees. Moody’s has twice been named “Maine’s Best Places to Work” statewide.
Moody’s employees are collectively coworker owners. Moody’s employee ownership is a reflection of Shawn Moody’s approach to problem solving, which is based on empowering people and challenging them to achieve success, which benefits everyone from the top-to-bottom of an organization.
As a successful job creator, Shawn Moody knows Maine’s success for years to come is grounded in continuing to grow our economy, create jobs, and improve wages for people all over Maine. He will work to end any job-killing red tape and ensure Maine government works with our small businesses and job creators to succeed, rather than hindering job growth.
Shawn also knows Maine must live within its means. Any state spending must be smart and prudent. The People of Maine must be assured they are getting a dollar’s return for every dollar spent. We must root out waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars wherever it is found.
With a strong commitment to Maine’s future, Shawn is the only individual to serve on both the Board of the University of Maine System as well as the Maine Community College System at the same time. Governor LePage’s choice to name Shawn to both Boards is a reflection of the need to connect educational opportunities to job opportunities in the state.
Shawn is a strong believer in Maine’s outdoor heritage. He supports the 2nd Amendment and Maine’s hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation industries.
Partnering with local law enforcement on opioid drug take back efforts, Shawn has long supported our men and women in uniform who are first responders as well as our nation’s military heroes. Shawn will always stand behind Maine’s veterans who have sacrificed for our freedoms.
Shawn is known as an independent voice from the political class in Augusta and Washington which sometimes puts lobbyists and special interests in front of the people.
His commitment has always been to the Maine people first.
Family is critical to Shawn and to strong communities in Maine. Shawn has been married to his wife Chrissi for 30 years and has four young adults, Danielle, Jim, Ben and Nate as well as two granddaughters, Amelia and Jacquelin. They’ve lived in the same home in Gorham for over 30 years.
As our next Governor, Shawn will work to ensure Maine does not fall behind.
Mike Thibodeau | President of the Maine State Senate
Mike Thibodeau is a lifelong Mainer and a proud Republican.
An entrepreneur and successful small businessman, he owns and operates a heavy equipment dealer that supplies new and used equipment to central and northern Maine. He and his wife also own the only Maine company that sells and manufactures snow shovels.
The father of two daughters, Mike and Stacy are deeply committed to ensuring their daughters – along with their husbands and young children – have the opportunity to live, work and raise a family here in Maine.
That’s his goal not just for his kids and grandkids, but for every Maine family and every Maine kid.
Growing up in Winterport, his mom and dad taught him how to raise a family on very limited resources. His dad started a small construction company with one employee while his mom stayed at home raising the kids. Sure things were tough now and then, but they stuck together and made it work… and through his dad’s example, the Thibodeau children learned how to work hard.
After graduating high school from Hampden Academy, Mike went to work with his dad and his brothers – helping grow the little company he started with a single employee to one with more than 200 employees. To hear Mike tell it, the company grew and became successful because of their dedicated and hardworking employees – folks who wanted to be part of a winning team. That sense of teamwork is proof to Mike that anything’s possible if people work together and pursue common goals. In fact, it’s a lesson he’s followed as President of the Maine Senate, always listening to others and seeking solutions to the challenges we face. It’s a lesson he will continue to follow as Governor, to offer every Mainer the chance for a better future.
Republican U.S. Senate Candidates
Eric Brakey| State Senator
Eric Brakey is an American politician and the State Senator for District 20 in the Maine Senate after defeating Democratic challenger Kimberly Sampson with 62% of the vote. He was Maine State Director for the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign winning a majority of Maine delegate seats to the 2012 Republican National Convention. After working for Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, Brakey led Defense of Liberty PAC, a libertarian political action committee in Maine.