Independent Alan Caron quits Maine governor’s race
PORTLAND, Maine — Following through on an early campaign vow, independent gubernatorial candidate Alan Caron — conceding that he had no chance to win — withdrew from the race on Monday, endorsing Attorney General Janet Mills, the Democratic nominee.
Caron, an economic consultant and former Democrat, announced his campaign in the fall of 2017. He qualified for the general election ballot by submitting more than 4,000 signatures on June 1. He and his wife provided the vast majority of his campaign’s funding.
When he entered the race, Caron said he would drop out if he didn’t believe he could win. Pressed on that statement last week, he said he would decide the fate of his campaign after Sunday’s penultimate gubernatorial debate.
His run for the Blaine House included an ambitious and detailed economic plan that involved transitioning the state to complete energy independence over the next 30 years, slashing government spending by 10 percent, and establishing a two-year loan plan for college and university students that could be forgiven incrementally each year a student chose to stay and work in Maine after graduating.