On Nov. 2, Maine citizens will elect a new governor, the 74th in a long line of governors, the first of whom took office in 1820.

This fall, voters are watching a highly-competitive race among five candidates, and many of those voters remain, according to polls, undecided. VillageSoup sat down with four candidates at publisher’s forums to discuss their positions on, and solutions for, issues pertinent to Maine, as well as individual counties and regions. Topics ranged from school district reorganization to methadone clinics, and to economic and resource issues specific to fishermen.

Read here about the conversations, and each politician’s take on Maine’s hot-button issues of the day.

Eliot Cutler seeks to rebuild budget from ground up

Paul LePage campaign opts not to meet with VillageSoup

Elizabeth Mitchell promotes education to raise income

Shawn Moody gets down to business

Kevin Scott: Challenging the two-party orthodoxies