Bangor, Maine News Update: November 7, 2018
Maine has elected it first female Governor, with Janet Mills taking 50 percent of the votes. Shawn Moody finished in second place, with 44% of the votes, and conceded the race early this morning. Terry Hayes garnered 6% of the votes. Mills said it sends a message to women across Maine that there's nothing they can't achieve.
U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree has won re-election, as has U.S. Senator Angus King. But the battle for the 2nd district seat in the House is still too close to call. With 72% of precincts reporting, Bruce Poliquin and Jared Golden are in a dead heat, with 46% of the votes apiece.
Question 1, that would have provided universal in-home care to Maine’s elderly and others did not pass in yesterday’s election, so far garnering 63% of the votes against the measure. It appears that the four bond questions are going to pass, although not all the precincts have reported, and some of the races are close.
Maine’s charter school commission has approved a five-year charter for the state's first virtual charter school. However, the commission has denied a request by Maine Connections Academy to life its enrollment cap and to expand into additional grades. The school currently serves grades 7 through 12 and has 429 students.
A new design for Veterans’ license plates will be unveiled in Bangor this Sunday. The new plates will feature red stripes across the top and bottom, with a field of stars in the upper left. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap will show off the new plates this weekend during the Bangor Band’s annual Veteran’s Day concert at the Cole Land Transportation Museum.