Hayes for Maine | Independent for Governor


Maine's Independent, Clean Elections Candidate for Governor

Terry Hayes is the only candidate for Governor with the experience, independence, and courage to unite Maine, fix a broken political system, and lead our state in a bold new direction. Terry talks straight and tells the truth, puts people over partisanship, and rolls up her sleeves to get the job done.

As Maine’s first independent State Treasurer and Clean Elections candidate for Governor, Terry is beholden only to the Maine people, and not to party leaders, special interests, or wealthy campaign contributors. Republicans and Democrats have twice elected Terry to serve as Maine’s first independent State Treasurer because she has consistently risen above the partisan fray and helped to right the financial ship of state.

As Maine’s next Governor, Terry will bring the same no-nonsense, non-partisan leadership to the Blaine House, uniting Republicans and Democrats around common goals to tackle Maine’s toughest challenges and making Maine the best place to work in America. Terry will lead with integrity, model civility, and champion fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency in government.

An outsider on the inside of state government, Terry has a track record of challenging politics as usual in Augusta and forging consensus between Republicans and Democrats. The Bangor Daily News has called Terry a “maverick” with “bipartisan gravitas.”


  • When Governor LePage withheld $600 million in transportation investments, Terry worked tirelessly to broker an agreement that released the funding, putting 4,500 Mainers back to work fixing Maine’s roads and bridges.
  • When Democratic and Republican leadership drew partisan lines over how to manage Maine’s unorganized territories, Terry negotiated a compromise bill that improved land use management policies to protect our forests and waterways, preserve our heritage, and expand public input.
  • When Maine had the opportunity to create special tax-advantaged bank accounts for persons with disabilities, Terry partnered with key stakeholders, including disabled citizens, advocates, and financial institutions to develop and implement a sustainable, consumer-friendly product that makes saving possible and affordable for disabled Mainers.


hayes-about.pngBorn and raised in Maine, Terry is the second oldest of six children born to Natalie Ridyard, a nurse who worked the night shift at Maine Medical Center and Charles Roberts, a Korean War Navy Veteran and carpenter.

When Terry was 8 years old, her mother was admitted to the Augusta Mental Health Institute. Her father, unable to care for all six of his children, was forced to place his four oldest, including Terry, into a children’s home in Scarborough. Less than three years later, Terry’s father died in a tragic accident. With Terry’s mother still in AMHI, family members stepped in to raise them.

These childhood experiences shaped Terry’s character, and instilled in her the values of hard work, determination, and optimism for a better future.

Determined to receive a higher education, Terry worked nights and weekends to pay for tuition at McAuley High School and then Bowdoin College.

Early in her career, Terry taught in public schools, managed adult education programs, and served as the first education director of the Maine Real Estate Commission. Terry also volunteered as a guardian ad litem (GAL) advocating for the best interests of children caught up in the child protection system. That volunteer experience grew into a twenty eight year career as a GAL, including advocacy for children caught up in custody litigation between their parents.


Terry served on the MSAD #39 school board in Buckfield for thirteen years and for eight years in the Maine House representing Buckfield, Hartford, Sumner, and Paris. In the Legislature, Terry was elected by her peers to serve as Assistant Minority Leader. She served on the Legislative Council and also convened the non-partisan Measures of Growth caucus to forge consensus between Democratic, Republican, and independent lawmakers. Since completing her legislative service, Terry’s former colleagues have twice elected her to serve as Maine’s first independent State Treasurer because they trust her to steward $14 billion in annual transactions on behalf of Maine’s taxpayers.

Terry has earned the respect of people across the political spectrum for her no-nonsense, non-partisan leadership, and for her work to restore civility in politics. She serves as a co-chair of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, a nonpartisan center at the University of Arizona that promotes civility at all levels of government and in the media. Terry is a trained facilitator for the Institute and has led workshops on civility in Maine and throughout the country.

hayes-about-point.pngTerry and her husband Steve live in Buckfield. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. When Terry isn’t hard at work as the State Treasurer, she loves to stay engaged with her family and community: watching high school athletics, reading with her granddaughters, traveling across the beautiful state of Maine, playing Scrabble with friends, and cheering on the New England Patriots. She is a private pilot and loves to show off Maine from the air when she isn’t ‘economically grounded’. Quality time, adventure, and exploring Maine encompass Terry’s passion for living life to its fullest.


I have a personal code of ethics that guides my life and my work as a policymaker, and helps me remain focused on what really matters.

Things are the way they are because I let them be.
I am responsible for allowing the status quo to continue, or to seek to change it if I find the current situation can be improved. I may not be able to change it all by myself, but that is not an excuse for leaving things as is when “as is” is less than ideal. I am obligated to try to persuade others to help improve the situation.

Core value: personal responsibility

It’s only good enough for all when it’s good enough for me and mine.
I acquired this value as a school board member. Whatever we were working on, if the outcome wasn’t good enough for my children, it wasn’t good enough for anyone’s children. My responsibility was to the collective good, not just me and mine.

Core value: fairness

As a leader, I am only as effective as my team.
Effective leadership requires that the leader genuinely value and connect with others. This includes providing opportunities for others to excel. Effective leaders lead from behind, encouraging and supporting others to step up and accomplish. When leading in this way, the emphasis is on the overall accomplishment, not on who gets the credit. I seek to trust my team members enough to help them succeed.

Core value: trust

How I do things is as important as what I do.
I have made a commitment to myself to foster civility in my workplace. I have taken a Civility Pledge that includes these three statements:

  • I will be civil in my public discourse and behavior.
  • I will be respectful of others whether or not I agree with them.
  • I will stand against incivility when I see it.

Core value: civility

“I have never participated in a negative ad, and I never will.”

I keep my promises and commitments.
It is important to me that others can rely on me to do what I say I will do, and to be consistent. Follow through is crucial, so I am careful to make commitments that I can keep. When I fail to keep a commitment, I apologize and try to make things right as quickly as possible.

Core value: reliability

I benefit from the efforts of others every day.
So many of my daily experiences are made better by the efforts of others – some of whom I interact with daily and others I may never meet. It is important to me that I recognize these contributions to my circumstances and that I look for opportunities to express my gratitude for the small and the big things that contribute to my happiness and success.

Core values: gratitude and thankfulness

I seek to avoid the “certainty trap.”
I recognize that I do not know everything I need to know. I try to avoid becoming a prisoner of preconception by listening to others and actively seeking out new information and different perspectives. I assume that the outcome can be improved when all who are affected have been given the opportunity to be heard.

Core value: inclusion

“I invite everyone to the table. I listen. I don’t give up. I value others, especially when they disagree with me. I have something to learn from them.”

Each of us is so much more than the worst thing we have ever done.
I have done things I am not proud of. I have made mistakes, some big, some not so big. I don’t want to be judged solely by my mistakes. I aspire not to judge others by their mistakes. I want others to see me in a broader, more inclusive frame. I want to be forgiven for my errors, so I try to have forgiveness for others.

Core value: forgiveness

I can’t give others what I don’t have.
I have to take care of myself if I am to be of any assistance to others. Eating healthy, regular exercise, and time for self-reflection are essential and I must make time to focus on all three daily.

Core values: self-care and reflection

“Don’t let anybody persuade you that your vote doesn’t count. It always counts. I believe in voting for the person who you think will do the best job, and I’m working diligently to persuade you that I am Maine’s best choice for Governor in 2018.”