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2018 gubernatorial race starts taking shape

Candidates are lining up to replace Governor LePage, who faces term limits. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The 2018 election is still 543 days away, but with an open seat for governor up for grabs, the race has already begun.

Candidates are lining up to replace Governor LePage, who faces term limits.

Stumping from his porch steps, Mark Eves announced he will run for governor in 2018.

"There's a lot of frustration out there. and people are looking for leaders that are looking out for them. and I think I've got a track record that can help the state come together at a time where politics is very divided," Eves said.

He is far from alone on the road back to Augusta.

Speaking on the state shutdown, former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew aims to pick up where Governor LePage left off.

"I am going to chart a course for this state that is going to create opportunities here so families can thrive, communities can be strong and stable in the best interests for the future of this state," Mayhew said.

There are now 10 candidates gunning for the governor's seat.

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