About Shawn Moody

Read Shawn’s plan for creating good paying JOBS, growing our ECONOMY, and lowering HEALTHCARE costs & protecting care.

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 became the first person to serve on both Boards of the University of Maine System as well as the Maine Community College System at the same time.   Shawn used his unique position to help position the two to work together and to focus on promoting careers here in Maine for graduates. 
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. 


Shawn Moody on the Issues

To learn more about Shawn's priorities and positions on the issues, please click on the topics below.  


As the only candidate in this race with over 40 years of executive experience creating jobs and growing Maine's economy, I know what it takes to grow our economy and make sure that all of Maine shares in the economic success of our state.

  • Perform a comprehensive review of all government red tape with the goal of increasing speed of permitting, reducing fees, and eliminating duplication.

  • Create a jobs “customer service hotline” so that potential job creators and Maine businesses looking to expand can get immediate responses from state government, through a single point of contact.

  • Structure a Governor’s Initiative on Regulatory Reform with existing staff to address red tape.

  • Conduct entry and exit interviews with businesses both moving to Maine and those leaving so we can address what is working well with, and what is inhibiting, job and economic growth.

  • Focus on recruiting, and retaining, businesses which pay strong, competitive wages.

  • Lower heating costs for Maine families and job creators by promoting programs to reduce our dependency on oil, including heat pumps, weatherization and wood pellets.

  • Lower electricity costs for Maine families and job creators by focusing on cost-effective renewable energy sources that protect our environment, and making Maine a leader in renewable energy storage.

  • Create a leadership team with top business and community leaders around Maine to identify young Mainers who have left Maine, and try to recruit them to move home and add to our workforce.

  • Create an outreach campaign to target guidance counselors and parents of children in our school systems to ensure they know there is opportunity for upward mobility in Maine, especially within our trades and community college system.

  • Develop a comprehensive strategic plan to fund improvements in our roads and bridges in a responsible manner by reducing and eliminating duplication across state government.

  • Develop a comprehensive marketing strategy to revitalize Maine's rural economy, highlighting outdoor recreation and our heritage industries like forestry, fishing and farming.


  • Protect the rainy day savings fund Governor LePage worked so hard to build.

  • Force fiscal responsibility on Maine government by working on “Tight N’Up” spending proposal.

  • Impose budget quality controls to tie performance to a department’s spending authority.

  • Work for the reduction of the Maine income tax to protect families and make Maine competitive with other U.S. states.

  • Incentivize regionalization of local municipal services to provide property tax relief for Mainers, while increasing transparency so the Maine people really know where their dollars are being spent.

  • Review each department within state government to ensure the department is within the scope of its mission and to prevent the growth of government through mission creeping.

  • Encourage property tax relief by Incentivizing communities and school systems to collaborate and regionalize through competitive grants from state government that reward out-of-the-box ideas and innovation.

  • Increase transparency so people know where their local towns and schools are spending their money through an interactive dashboard that displays local spending.


  • Work to bring back successful Maine reforms, overridden by Washington, that increase competition, allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines and lower costs for Maine people.

  • Provide transparency so customers can compare prices between Maine hospitals for non-emergency services and treatments.

  • Ensure those who receive government funded health care, if physically able; contribute something toward their own care to ensure costs are not just shifted onto other payers or taxpayers.

  • Encourage best practices to reduce medical supply waste which drives up costs.

  • Work to reduce frivolous lawsuits which dramatically increase insurance and healthcare costs.

  • Advocate for Maine’s hospitals to ensure they receive the reimbursements promised by Washington bureaucracies when they agree to provide services for Veterans, our Seniors, and families.

  • Fight to protect insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions to ensure they have access to affordable health insurance.

  • Work to find a solution to Maine's nursing home crisis to ensure that we have adequate resources available for our most vulnerable populations, including our elderly.

  • Prioritize money within the state budget to make sure we fund the waitlists for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities so they can access services.

  • Use technology to provide basic services for elderly, in their homes through virtual doctor's appointments for simple primary care and medication questions.

  • Work to lower the cost of prescription drug costs by providing greater access to generic drug alternatives that are often a fraction of the price.


  • Use state government to help promote the dignity that comes with a job, not just a government check, by connecting training and work availability with those who try entering the system, and performing a skills assessment when somebody applies for benefits.

  • Protect and encourage a strong fraud detection unit to improve enforcement against waste and fraud.

  • Support tougher penalties for those who commit fraud and work on programs to end the use of welfare EBT cards in the drug trade.

  • Support a stronger lifetime cap on “TANF” (ie Temporary Assistance) benefits.

  • Permanently limit and audit welfare dollars for those found to have large gambling winnings of $5,000 or more.

  • Support reforms that require random drug-testing for all welfare recipients.

  • Institute a tiered welfare system so individuals have a pathway to move from poverty to prosperity.


  • Reform the initiative signature gathering process and the wording of questions so Mainers can control the decisions affecting their lives, not out-of-state special interest groups.


  • Fully uphold the Oath to protect and defend the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as Maine’s Constitution which states under Section 16: “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”

  • Veto unconstitutional measures which would limit law abiding citizen’s rights.

  • Place trained, armed school resource officers in every high school across the state.

  • Support a thorough review of Maine’s protocols and procedures to ensure that people – including our school kids – have the ability and systems to speak up and have their concerns heard over the actions, or potential actions, of others who might commit violence before it happens.

  • Support active shooter training for schools, large venues, and workplaces that need the training.

  • Review Maine’s mental health infrastructure to ensure those who need help can find it.


  • Prioritize parental and local control in education curriculum decisions.

  • Provide improved performance evaluations for teachers and administrators with performance-based pay increases.

  • Permanently remove the failed 1-4 new Grading System in “Proficiency Based Education”

  • Evaluate high school, community college, and University system offerings with an eye on the careers in the region, long term trends, and coordination of programs to reduce costs and improve student outcomes, ensuring they align with Maine employers’ needs.

  • Provide taxpayers transparency on how education dollars are being spent at the local and state level with an eye on cost increases vs inflation, long term trends, and student outcomes.

  • Bring back a focus on CTE (Career Technical Education) which provides good-paying careers for some students and fills current, regional job openings. Require all CTE instructors to spend a minimum of two weeks per year in a “best in class” Maine business to ensure knowledge of modern job processes, and to create job placement opportunities for students.

  • Work with local school districts so that our guidance counselors, and educators, are aware of the jobs available and the skillsets required to fill those positions for students.

  • Create partnerships between our schools and our employers that need people who work in the trades so that we are preparing our students for the jobs available.


  • Ensure law enforcement has the resources they need to catch the criminals - including strengthening our criminal code for addictive opioid drug trafficking and tools to track the traffickers.

  • Work with our schools to bring a new focus on drug education, deadly impacts of opioid abuse, and long term effects of heavy drug use.

  • Work with the federal government to ensure strong borders, including our Northern Border, to stem the tide of illegal drug trafficking while keeping an eye on interstate drug trafficking routes.

  • Support peer-to-peer recovery efforts like the AA model, and other treatment options, where those in recovery can serve as real-life mentors for others battling addiction.

  • Reduce the stigma around those suffering with substance use disorder by developing standard and consistent emergency room and first responder procedures surrounding overdoses, through a commission established by executive order.

  • Institute new training requirements at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy to train law enforcement on the techniques used by recovery coaches to build bridges with individuals struggling with substance use disorder.

  • Develop an education campaign for our primary care physicians to help them identify and treat substance use disorders;

  • Strengthen Maine's hub and spoke model to ensure that we are connecting treatment hubs with community resources for individuals in treatment and recovery.

  • Work to reform how we certify sober living houses to ensure we improve the quality of housing, and to increase the availability of safe housing options that embrace a wide array of recovery pathways for those exiting treatment and entering recovery.

  • Establish a dashboard that provides information on available treatment options, insurance options, and the success rates of these treatment options to ensure we are scaling up successful programs, and not spending taxpayer money on treatment programs that do not have proven results.

  • Connect Maine's mental health services with individuals who are seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder, to ensure we are treating individuals in a comprehensive way.

  • Review and reform Maine's mental health infrastructure to ensure those struggling with mental health issues know and can obtain access to services available.

  • Increase the number of beds available for those struggling with severe mental illness, reform the medical guardian system, reform how we approach crisis intervention, and identify the gaps in the system to identify and treat our children who have experienced trauma but are not receiving treatment.


  • Work with federal government to comply with federal law and prohibit sanctuary cities in Maine.

  • Notify and cooperate with the federal immigration officials when illegal immigrants are found by Maine state law enforcement officers.

  • Push for an end to any welfare dollars being used for illegal aliens.

  • Crack down on employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

  • Connect immigrants who come here legally with career coaches to identify their skills and assess what job placements might be available, as well as the training needed to further their career goals.

  • Work with the federal government to report businesses who employ illegal immigrants.


  • Oppose any state taxpayer money for abortions.

  • Support Maine Right to Life’s Legislative efforts including parental consent in cases of minors and those who are incapacitated and efforts to require waiting periods for abortions.

  • Oppose the rationing of medical care for those suffering from disabilities and other terminal illnesses.

  • Oppose euthanasia in Maine.


  • Continue support for Veterans educational and employment programs and Veterans Service Offices.


As a job creator, and the founder of Moody's, I take my responsibility as a businessman seriously, which is why Moody's leads the industry on environmentally friendly practices.

  • Moody’s is also the first business, in our industry in Maine, to achieve Environmental Leader status for its voluntary certification in the Maine Environmental Results program.

  • Moody's was one of the first in our industry, in Maine, to adopt eco-friendly practices - voluntarily - even before the EPA passed rules requiring these practices.

  • I partnered with the Maine Audobon Society for a renewable energy project to finance the installation of solar panels.

  • Moody's uses waterborne base coats, energy-efficient lighting, recycled sheet metal, and energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems to ensure we maximize energy efficiency and minimize our impact on the planet.

  • Gorham Auto Parts, a junkyard, was ripe with DEP violations when we purchased it. We focused on cleaning up the site, and received the environmental excellence award from the Auto Recyclers Association.

  • We can and must strike a balance between protecting Maine's pristine environment, and having a stable and predictable regulatory and permitting structure for Maine's job creators.

  • We must have a strong economy while minimizing our impact on our environment. We cannot sacrifice one at the expense of another.


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BREAKING: New York Times prints false allegations against Moody which have existed in public file since 2006

· Out-of-State paper seeks to harm Moody’s reputation close to election day

· In video Moody co-workers come to his defense

· Moody’s has regularly won one of “Maine’s Best Places to Work” from outside ratings organization with high ratings from women and men who work for the company

GORHAM – Now that the race for Governor is in October and the election is just weeks away, the New York Times is seeking to interject itself into Maine’s race for Governor by publishing an piece seeking to attack the reputation of Shawn Moody.

The false allegations against Moody have existed in a public file since 2006, prior to Moody’s first race for Governor. Despite thorough research into Moody’s background and a full examination by the Maine media for many years, the New York Times is now seeking to discredit him. Democratic Party operatives and allies have sought to spread the story for months knowing Moody was, and is, in a strong position to win.

“Let me just say this, and in the strongest way possible, I have always treated every co-worker employee with dignity and respect, always,” said entrepreneur Shawn Moody. “It is just outrageous to even suggest my business does not have opportunities for women.”

In relation to the false allegation attack, several women at Moody’s have joined in defending Shawn Moody and the company. The interview videos contain several short clips where they outline their personal feelings and experiences.

Debbie Gale who has worked with Moody for twenty years, including during the time the fired employee was at Moody’s, talks of the false allegations and how women have always been treated the company. She states, “It’s crazy, it’s not who Shawn is as a person.” Adding, “It’s ridiculous. It’s not true.” “Women are respected here, men are respected here. If someone is no longer here it is because they have not done their job,” said Gale in some of the many statements contained in the video.

Moody’s coworker Carrie White, a mother of three and multi-year Moody’s coworker, discusses her own experiences and thoughts on the allegation. Single mother Tameka Dexter also notes Shawn’s approach at the company and opportunities for women at the company. HD VIDEOS CAN BE VIEWED AND DOWNLOADED HERE: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/x7db9bp8c7qfwz7/AACLL-oQbzABACuJsRL9cBaka?dl=0

The false allegations were made by a former coworker let go by Moody’s back in 2006, twelve years ago. The former coworker, who hired an attorney and took financial gain, falsely alleged that Mr. Moody and the company fired her due to motherhood; despite the fact that Moody’s employed other women, continues to employ women at a higher rate than the industry average, and that the majority of Moody’s women coworkers have children. Several women have given birth during their employment as a co-worker at the company and others are pregnant now.

At the time Moody’s company insurance carrier stepped in under the insurance agreement to pay the legal bills surrounding the case and to deal with the attorneys. On their recommendation Moody’s settled the case, as noted in public documents at the Maine Human Rights Commission, in an effort to reduce legal fees from a long fight and move on from the former, terminated, coworker. In 40+ of business, it was and is the only time a fired coworker issued an allegation.

Moody’s has a process where several people within the company are involved in both the hiring and firing process.

A few facts:

In the Moody’s 2018 Best Places to Work award process, staff surveys sent to Moody’s following the outside ratings review, indicated women employees gave Moody’s a 96% satisfaction rate.

As part of Moody’s company health plan coverage for co-workers preventative care includes: childhood immunizations and breast, cervical or colorectal cancer screenings.

In the year 2017 (through December 31), women at Moody’s had a median wage of $51,805 while the national average is $39,988 –



According to a demographic report from Deloitte, MIT Media Lab and partners; people holding technical degrees and choosing to work in Moody’s industry nationally are 92.9% male. https://datausa.io/profile/cip/470603/#demographics The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, in a larger similar category, reports nationally 9.6% as the percentage of women working in this given field, meaning men make up over 90% of workers nationally. https://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat18.htm Moody’s currently employs more women at their business than the national average. Women work in all facets of the business, including as a technicians on the shop floors.

Currently twenty five women work at Moody’s, with six in leadership positions. Eighteen of these women have children and family responsibilities. Four of these women were pregnant and gave birth while employed by Moody’s or are pregnant today.

“It is truly sad that the New York Times would seek to paint this picture, with a fired coworker and her family, and try to harm Shawn Moody and his business just because he chose to run for Governor,” said Lauren LePage, Campaign Manager for Moody.

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Moody crushes Republican field in race for governor


Businessman Shawn Moody emerged victorious in a four-way Republican primary field for governor Tuesday. The Bangor Daily News and Decision Desk HQ called the race for Moody at approximately 12:30 a.m., determining from unofficial results that he would garner more than 50 percent of votes cast in the primary.

Moody, 58, of Gorham easily outpaced the rest of the field with roughly 55 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns, which is enough to avoid a ranked-choice vote tally in the election. He ran away from Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason of Lisbon, former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew of China and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette of Newport...


Nomination won, Moody plans to cement party support as Republicans gear up for November election


Shawn Moody says he plans to move quickly to build support in the Republican Party that he joined eight months ago and reach out to lawmakers who supported others in the four-way gubernatorial primary that he dominated Tuesday.

“I think Republicans know exactly who I am,” Moody said in an interview Wednesday. “Obviously economic issues are something I’ve dealt with in my 40 years of executive experience. And as far as political experience, government experience, like most people out there we are experiencing government from the top down – we live it every day..."


Maine governor candidates split on economy, pot, ranked voting


AUGUSTA, Maine -- Gubernatorial candidates say it’s time to focus on lingering economic challenges facing rural communities following Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s eight years steadying Maine’s finances.

The Associated Press polled the state’s Republican, Democratic, independent and third-party registered candidates ahead of the June primary. Candidates largely agreed the fiscally conservative governor improved the state’s financial situation, but disagreed on how best to address the state’s aging and shrinking workforce...


Poll: Moody, Mills are front-runners in Maine’s unsettled June primaries


AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Shawn Moody and Democrat Janet Mills are clear front-runners in Maine’s June gubernatorial primaries, while a Democratic 2nd Congressional District primary is effectively tied in the first public ranked-choice poll of Maine’s 2018 primaries.

The poll of nearly 2,200 Mainers shows highly unsettled primaries: In the 2nd District, 31 percent of likely Democratic voters didn’t know who their first choices would be and 24 percent of likely Democratic voters and 22 percent of likely Republican voters were undecided on who their nominees should be to replace to term-limited Gov. Paul LePage...


Cote, Sweet lead Democrats in fundraising for governor’s race; Moody, Mason lead Republicans


Democrat Adam Cote and Republican Shawn Moody, both vying to earn their parties’ nomination for governor, have built strong fundraising leads with about a month to go before the June primary.

Cote, an attorney, businessman and veteran from Springvale, raised more than $278,000 between Jan. 1 and April 24 – the most recent campaign finance reporting period – and had $466,000 in the bank...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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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