BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The city of Bangor is the focus for state politics this weekend a the 2014 Maine Republican Convention kicked off Friday morning at the Cross Insurance Center.
Organizers say once again the convention is bringing delegates from near and far all of whom are gearing up for the big election in November. There may not be a presidential race going on this year but the governor's race and seats in Congress are priorities for both parties.
State republicans officially passed their party platform when the convention convened early Friday morning. Party leaders say among their goals is to focus on Maine's economy and job creation here in the state. They say they are also looking to highlight their party's stance on controversial issues such as the ongoing debate across the U.S. on healthcare reform as well as the hot button issue of welfare reform here in Maine.
The issue of job creation is one Democrats are also trying to claim before November. That party is getting ready for its convention in Bangor which will take place in late May.
The Republican convention will continue on Saturday with Senator Susan Collins and Governor LePage slated to make their remarks.