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McKernan Launches Re-Election Campaign

April 24, 1990

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Gov. John R. McKernan has announced he will seek re-election, boasting he has accomplished more than his Democratic predecessor and would-be successor.

″Being governor is knowing where you want the state to go, and it’s delivering results,″ the Republican said Monday.

He said his administration had done more in four years to protect the environment, help working families and fight drugs than was achieved in the previous eight years under Democrat Joseph E. Brennan, who is seeking a comeback.

Neither McKernan, 41, nor Brennan, 55, is opposed for nomination in the June 12 primary elections. Brennan is ending his second term in Congress.

Maine Democratic Chairwoman Keron Kerr issued a statement calling McKernan’s administration ″the most incompetent ... in modern Maine history.″

Kerr said the taxpayers are ″on a financial rollercoaster,″ with rebates followed by a severe revenue shortfall.

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