About Shawn Moody

 
 

A lifelong common-sense conservative and successful job-creating entrepreneur, Shawn Moody is running for Governor of Maine to ensure Maine continues to be successful for years to come and that every Mainer achieves his or her full potential.
 
Shawn Moody is best known for the successful business he has grown to 11 locations around Maine.
 
However, many may not know Shawn’s full story.
 
The son of a single mom who struggled with illness in-and-out of the hospital while trying to raise Shawn and his siblings; Shawn learned firsthand what it meant to struggle and it to overcome adversity. 
 
Growing up in a trailer park in Gorham, the same town in which he now lives, Shawn and his brother and sister worked together with their mom, a hair stylist, to keep the family together.
 
As a young man, Shawn knew that his way to success in life was a career and a job.  At the age of just 13 Shawn started working with automobiles as his hobby and, by that age, had already rebuilt engines and began overhauling cars. 
 
Shawn later started a business in his mom’s garage which has grown to Moody’s Collision Centers, one of Maine’s most successful entrepreneurial companies with 11 locations and nearly 200 employees.  Moody’s has twice been named “Maine’s Best Places to Work” statewide. 
 
Moody's employees are collectively coworker owners.  Moody's employee ownership is a reflection of Shawn Moody's approach to problem solving, which is based on empowering people and challenging them to achieve success, which benefits everyone from the top-to-bottom of an organization.
 
As a successful job creator, Shawn Moody knows Maine’s success for years to come is grounded in continuing to grow our economy, create jobs, and improve wages for people all over Maine.  He will work to end any job-killing red tape and ensure Maine government works with our small businesses and job creators to succeed, rather than hindering job growth.
 
Shawn also knows Maine must live within its means.  Any state spending must be smart and prudent.  The People of Maine must be assured they are getting a dollar’s return for every dollar spent.  We must root out waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars wherever it is found.
 
With a strong commitment to Maine's future, Shawn is the only individual to serve on both the Board of the University of Maine System as well as the Maine Community College System at the same time.   Governor LePage’s choice to name Shawn to both Boards is a reflection of the need to connect educational opportunities to job opportunities in the state.
 
Shawn is a strong believer in Maine’s outdoor heritage.  He supports the 2nd Amendment and Maine’s hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation industries.
 
Partnering with local law enforcement on opioid drug take back efforts, Shawn has long supported our men and women in uniform who are first responders as well as our nation’s military heroes.  Shawn will always stand behind Maine’s veterans who have sacrificed for our freedoms.
 
Shawn is known as an independent voice from the political class in Augusta and Washington which sometimes puts lobbyists and special interests in front of the people.
 
His commitment has always been to the Maine people first.
 
Family is critical to Shawn and to strong communities in Maine.  Shawn has been married to his wife Chrissi for 30 years and has four young adults, Danielle, Jim, Ben and Nate as well as two granddaughters, Amelia and Jacquelin. They've lived in the same home in Gorham for over 30 years. 
 
As our next Governor, Shawn will work to ensure Maine does not fall behind. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

PROVIDING GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY, GOOD WAGES, AND A STRONG ECONOMY

I know the best way for someone to succeed is to have a great paying job. 

As an entrepreneur I have helped create jobs all over Maine.  We will help build Maine’s economy now and for years to come.  

We need better paying jobs and to embrace new opportunities.  

Under Governor LePage Maine has achieved some success. We have hit the lowest unemployment rate since World War II and Maine has improved in our business ratings.  

However, we can’t look back, we must keep growing.

We simply cannot allow Augusta and our state government to fall back into a system of job killing red-tape and an attitude which tells job creators “no,” rather than offering our men and women entrepreneurs a helping hand. 

We need sensible regulations which protect Maine and its citizens without smothering our job creating potential. Give businesses what they need and get Government out of their way. 

We need a state government which is responsive to the needs of our small businesses and job creators, not one which hinders our economic growth.

As our next Governor I will help Maine people succeed by supporting good paying jobs and a strong economy.


ENDING WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND ENSURING A DOLLAR’S RETURN FOR EVERY DOLLAR SPENT

We can’t mortgage our children and grandchildren’s future.
 
You know some Augusta politicians just want to keep borrowing, spending with no real long term plans, and with just the hope that it will work out.  If I ran my business like that we would have been bankrupt a long time ago. 

Our rainy day savings fund is there to protect our State for the long term.  Unfortunately some irresponsible politicians think that it’s raining every day. 

Others believe we can continue to just keep raising taxes on the Maine people or our job creators and there will be no repercussions for our economy and state. 

That kind of thinking has to stop. 

We need to be smart about our finances.  We must be smart and prudent.  

We can spend when there is a plan and when the People of Maine are assured that they are getting a dollars return for every dollar spent.
 
I will always have an eye on the bottom line. I know the value of a dollar starting off without any and I also know the value of People who work hard to earn their dollars. 

As someone whose Mom struggled with trying to raise three children as a self employed beautician, we dealt with economic difficulties growing up.  I know we need a government which offers people a helping hand, not a lifetime of dependency.  I will continue to support common sense, conservative welfare reforms. We will move from entitlements to incentives.

I will root-out waste, fraud, or abuse of taxpayer dollars.  I will be sure we have common-sense conservative leadership when it comes to our budget.
 


HELPING SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN FINDING SOLUTIONS FOR THE OPIOID CRISIS

We donated a van we fixed up in 1994 to the Gorham Police Department in a joint effort to launch the D.A.R.E program.

My business has partnered with local law enforcement in drug take-back efforts to help in the fight of opioid abuse.

That is the same type of action I will take as your Governor.

I will work with our law enforcement community to support their efforts to keep Maine people safe from crime and to fight the opioid abuse problem which has affected so many communities and families. We will support peer to peer recovery efforts that has worked so well with organizations like AA. 

We can’t turn a blind eye to this  and hope that it goes away.

As our next Governor I will take an active role in working with our law enforcement officials.
 


PROTECTING THE 2ND AMENDMENT AND OUR OUTDOOR TRADITIONS

Maine has a long, proud outdoor heritage with hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, skiing, snowmobiling and many other activities.

I have spent my lifetime enjoying most of them. We have turned our back on the blue collar recreation activities like snowmobiling, motorcycles, motorsports, ATV. We will promote these and re-vitalize especially our recreational economy across Western, Northern and Downeast Maine.

As our next Governor I will work to protect our ability to enjoy Maine’s great outdoors.

I will always support our Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights.  Maine has a long history of responsible firearms ownership.

It is important to note that not only does the federal Constitution guarantee rights under the 2nd Amendment but our own Maine State Constitution separately guarantees these rights as well:

Section 16: To keep and bear arms. Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.

As our next Governor I look forward to taking the oath of office and to defending the Maine Constitution, including Section 16.


STANDING BEHIND MAINE’S VETERANS

Our Veterans have sacrificed for our freedoms. I will never forget it.

Maine’s state government provides many services to our Veterans.  It is important those services are supported and we keep a watchful eye on making sure our Veterans receive the care and support they need from our State. 

As your next Governor I will ensure our State provides the support needed to show our gratitude to the men and women who wore a uniform in service to our nation.
 


EDUCATING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW

Governor LePage took a bold step in making me the first person in Maine history be named to both the Community College Board and the University of Maine System Board of Trustees at the same time. 
 
It has been a tremendous amount of work – of volunteer work – but truly rewarding.  I have traveled all over Maine, to every corner, as I have visited our University campuses and our Community College facilities.

We need to tap the potential of every Maine person to help Maine, our state, be even more successful.  That includes our recent graduates. 
 
We need to work hard to keep those great young people being educated here in Maine – in Maine, long after they graduate.  

We want their ideas, their talents, and we want them to stay here to raise their families.

As our next Governor I will work with our job creators to ensure we match the talents and skills of our students for the jobs of tomorrow. 
 


SUPPORTING STRONG FAMILIES AND OPPOSING TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTION

Family is critical to Shawn and to strong communities in Maine.  

I have been married to my wife Chrissi for thirty years and we have four young adults, Danielle, Jim, Ben and Nate, as well as two granddaughters Amelia and Jacquelin.  My wife and I have lived in the same home in Gorham for over 30 years.

I believe we should support families throughout state government including in policies which help families who need a hand-up, not just a hand out, from our support services.  

Our faith based organizations support our communities throughout Maine with services for families in need.  As an active supporter of volunteer organizations, I recognize the important role our churches and faith based organizations play in our State.  We should encourage our fellow citizens to support their local efforts. 

Roe Vs Wade is current law.  However, some wish to take government a step further in providing state taxpayer funding of abortion services.  I will oppose that move to ensure your hard earned tax dollars are not spent on abortion services.   I also oppose late-term abortion.  I support mandatory waiting periods and consent requirements for minors and those who are incapacitated. 

I know that strong families play a critical role in Maine’s success. They are important to our communities and the next generation. As your next Governor I look forward to showing support for Maine families working to succeed. 
 


LOWERING HEALTH CARE COSTS

High health care costs affect our families, our senior citizens, and our small business job creators.  We need to look for solutions.

Senior Citizens face co-pays.  Families have high deductibles with insurance coverage.  Our job creators struggle to provide benefits for their employees they want to support.

As our next Governor I will look at Maine’s past reform efforts, like Maine Public Law 90 which was superseded by Obamacare, and other solutions as we work to lower health care costs.

Unfortunately Washington is playing a heavy role in the health care of Mainers.  A heavy hand from the national government makes it harder to use in-state tailored solutions.  However, I am committed to working toward solutions to this crisis. 

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Click the orange play button below to hear Shawn on The Derek Volk Show, 12/23/2017


Click the orange play button below to hear Shawn on WVOM radio's George Hale and Ric Tyler show, 11/27/2017


Gorham Businessman Shawn Moody Announces Run For Governor

Maine Public, 11/22/2017

Gorham businessman Shawn Moody launched his second run for governor Tuesday, this time as a Republican.

Moody hit topics familiar to conservative audiences, including welfare, supporting veterans and a business approach to government.  Mainers are tired of just getting by," he said. "It's time to get ahead."

Moody, who finished fourth out of five candidates as an independent seven years ago, has enlisted several political advisors to Gov. Paul LePage to bolster his run...

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Shawn Moody announces bid for governor, this time as a Republican

 

Portland Press Herald, 11/21/2017

Shawn Moody, a plainspoken auto body entrepreneur who recently joined the Republican Party, announced his campaign to be Maine’s next governor Tuesday, saying Mainers were tired of simply getting by.

Speaking to a crowd of 100 at his business headquarters in Gorham, Moody made reference to his childhood, being raised by a single mother of three and growing up living in a mobile home. He said as a 13-year-old, he heard his mother, who worked as a beautician to support her family, crying herself to sleep one night.

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Shawn Moody launches campaign for governor

WMTW-8, 11/21/2017

Business owner Shawn Moody announced Tuesday that he is joining the crowded race for Maine governor.

Moody is running as a Republican after joining the party last month.

He ran for governor as an independent in 2010...

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Moody announces GOP gubernatorial bid run by LePage insiders

Bangor Daily News, 11/21/2017

Businessman Shawn Moody announced his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2018 on Tuesday, pitching himself as a political outsider and “common-sense conservative” with the experience to lead.

The 58-year-old founder of Moody’s Collision Center, a Maine chain of auto repair shops, filed registration paperwork as a privately financed candidate with the Maine Ethics Commission on Tuesday morning and formally launched his bid at the company’s Gorham headquarters...

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Moody says he wants to help Mainers 'get ahead'
 

WCSH-6, 11/21/2017

One more high profile candidate has joined the race for Maine governor.

Shawn Moody, who owns a chain of auto body shops in southern and central Maine, and who ran as an independent for governor in 2010, officially entered the race Tuesday.

"[Mainers] are tired of getting by, its time for Maine to get ahead," Moody told a crowd of more than 100 supporters at his business headquarters in Gorham...

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Shawn Moody announces run for governor
 

WGME-13, 11/21/2017

The field of candidates in the race for governor is growing.
Tuesday, Shawn Moody became the 21st candidate to run for governor.
Moody is the founder and owner of the Moody Collision Centers in Maine.
In 2010, Moody ran for governor as an Independent.
This time, he is running on the Republican ticket...

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Shawn Moody enlists former LePage staffers for expected run for governor

Portland Press Herald, 11/16/2917

Body shop entrepreneur Shawn Moody, a former independent who joined the Republican Party in October, has assembled a team of former members of Gov. Paul LePage’s staff for his anticipated run for governor in 2018.

Moody, of Gorham, is expected to announce his candidacy Tuesday. He said previously that he would disclose his intentions by Thanksgiving...

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LePage’s daughter, top political adviser to work for Shawn Moody in 2018

Bangor Daily News, 11/16/2017

Key cogs in Gov. Paul LePage’s network — including his top political adviser and his daughter — will work for businessman Shawn Moody’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign, which could give the new Republican quick credibility on the right.

Republican strategist Brent Littlefield and Lauren LePage, a lawyer and the governor’s daughter, will work for the campaign, according to a Thursday release teasing a Tuesday announcement of an event at the Gorham headquarters of Moody’s Collision Centers...

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Shawn Moody joins Maine Republican Party, weighs run for governor

Portland Press Herald, 10/11/2017

Shawn Moody of Gorham, a former independent candidate for governor, is joining the Maine Republican Party, a move he admits could open the door for his second gubernatorial campaign in the past seven years.

The 57-year-old Moody confirmed during a telephone interview that he joined the Republican Party on Tuesday, but he cautioned that does not necessarily mean he has decided to run for governor in 2018...

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