Laurie Dobson of Kennebunkport
Dobson’s platform includes ending the war in Iraq, impeaching President Bush and Vice-President Cheney, and placing a five-year moratorium on home foreclosures in the US. The 51-year-old mother of three, whose husband suffers from brain cancer, ran for Connecticut State Assembly in 2002 as a Democrat, and lost. She says she’s about halfway done collecting the 4000 signatures she needs by May to get on the ballot in November.
Herb Hoffman of Ogunquit
“Our country is in crisis, economically, and internationally because of the destruction we’ve done to our international reputation,” Hoffman tells the Phoenix. The former psychologist, 75, is a Dennis Kucinich campaigner; the two politicians’ ideas on ending the war, impeachment, and protecting Constitutional rights are very much in line. The father of two served in the US Army during the Korean War.
Ed Cohen of Waterville
Cohen, 60, is a bit of a mystery. When the Phoenix asked him to supply us with a campaign photo, he responded by sending us nine pictures of moose in the wild. (Later he sent us some low-resolution photos, including the one seen here.) But while his personal life remains shrouded, his platform is clear: What Ron Paul said. He’s against raising taxes, against the war, and pro-impeachment. Although he used to be a Democrat (and was a Kucinich delegate in 2004), he claims that these days, “you will not find a man or woman who is more conservative than Ed Cohen.”
Tom LeDue of Springvale
LeDue, a former teacher and school administrator, grew up in Portland and now lives in Springvale with his wife and four daughters. LeDue, 44, has four (rather sweeping) major policy goals: “Empower our people. Strengthen our communities. Build a stable, sustainable economy. Assert collaborative national and international leadership.” He supports replacing American troops in Iraq with an international peacekeeping force within 12 months