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Local Celebrity to Run as Independent

Karmo Sanders is a comedian and discount retailer spokeswoman.

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Zach C. Cohen
June 2, 2017, 10:18 a.m.

“Karmo Sanders, …the folksy comedi­an whose al­ter-ego Bird­ie Goo­gins pitched for the dis­count re­tail­er [Marden’s] in TV com­mer­cials seen in homes across Maine for years, is run­ning for gov­ernor in 2018. … Sanders, 66, is a re­gistered Demo­crat, but she plans to run without ma­jor party af­fil­i­ation, build­ing her cam­paign around what she calls the Party of Com­mon Sense.”

“Sanders … has not taken out pa­per­work or be­gun the pro­cess of re­gis­ter­ing with the state eth­ics com­mis­sion, all of which will be ne­ces­sary if she be­gins rais­ing money for the cam­paign or if her work grows bey­ond the ex­plor­at­ory level. To get on the Novem­ber 2018 gubernat­ori­al bal­lot, she will need to col­lect at least 4,000 sig­na­tures of re­gistered Maine voters. She can­not be­gin col­lect­ing those sig­na­tures un­til Jan. 1. Sanders has formed an ex­plor­at­ory com­mit­tee of fam­ily mem­bers and friends to ad­vise her, and she has be­gun a search for a cam­paign man­ager.”

“Her plat­form will fo­cus on find­ing solu­tions through com­prom­ise and col­lab­or­a­tion, par­tic­u­larly re­lated to liv­ing wages, ac­cess to health care and edu­ca­tion re­form that’s fo­cused on bet­ter pay for teach­ers.” (Press Her­ald)

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