UMF hosting gubernatorial roundtable


FARMINGTON – The University of Maine-Farmington College Republicans will host a roundtable forum for Maine’s three Republican gubernatorial candidates at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5.

The forum will be held in the Thomas Auditorium in Preble/Ricker Hall. The event, which is cosponsored by the University of Maine-Farmington Political Science Club, is free and open to the public.

The forum will include speeches by former U.S. Rep. David Emery, Maine Sens. Peter Mills and Chandler Woodcock, and a question-and-answer session with Jim Melcher, professor of political science at University of Maine-Farmington.

“This forum is a great opportunity to have conservative views expressed on a liberal campus so that students and non-students alike can be informed when they go to the polls this November,” said Keith Mahoney, one of the event coordinators.

Emery served as a member of the Maine House of Representatives representing Rockland from 1971 to 1975, and then as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maine’s First Congressional District from 1975 to 1983.

Emery is also a partner in Demographic Strategies, an opinion research consulting firm. Emery is married to Carol Emery, an attorney in Rockland. They have one son, Albert, a freshman at Georgia Tech majoring in electrical engineering.

Mills was born in Farmington in 1943 and grew up in Maine. After graduating from Harvard College in 1965, he served five years in the U.S. Navy, with several duty tours to Vietnam.

Mills graduated with honors from the University of Maine Law School in 1973. For 23 years, he has owned Wright & Mills in Skowhegan. Mills has served in the Maine Legislature for 10 years. He has three adult children and two grandchildren. Mills lives in Cornville with his wife and two dogs.

Woodcock was born in Mechanic Falls and raised in Farmington. After high school, Woodcock enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. He received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Maine-Farmington and served more than 25 years as a public high school teacher.

Woodcock served five years as a Farmington selectmen and is serving his third term in the state Senate. Woodcock and his wife, Charlotte, have three daughters and a son. They reside in Farmington.

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