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Community Town Hall with Rep. Espling and Sen. Brakey Sparks Spirited Exchange

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The chance to talk with State Representative Ellie Espling drew some twenty New Gloucester residents to the Congregational Church vestry in the early evening on April 5.  State Senator Eric Brakey, newly announced candidate for U.S. Senate, was able to join the gathering, a lively ninety-minute exchange of views and concerns.

Healthcare concerns dominated the conversation. Residents shared personal experiences and expressed a wide spectrum of viewpoints about alternative approaches, costs, and coverage issues.  In particular, community members wanted to know whether the two legislators support Medicaid expansion in Maine, a likely ballot initiative this fall.  On the matter of citizen ballot initiatives generally, residents asked how the representatives typically approach citizen-approved bonds and ballot measures and how they weigh the expressed will of the voters.  Other questions sought the legislators’ positions on proposed cuts to Clean Election funding, whether campaign funds from PACs should be spent within Maine, and what the state should increase spending on.

Briefly stepping back from specific issues to offer a broader view, Representative Espling and Senator Brakey acknowledged partisan differences in Augusta but noted considerable cooperation as well, with many bills enjoying unanimous support in committees and on the floor. Their New Gloucester meeting concluded on a similarly positive note. Attendees thanked Representative Espling and Senator Brakey, and the legislators expressed appreciation and plans to convene additional community listening sessions.

Public Workshop on Televised Candidate Forums

The next meeting of New Gloucester’s Cable TV Committee will feature a public workshop on candidate forums that are televised on NGTV community access Channel 3. Citizen input is being sought to evaluate past practices and apply changes, if any, to the protocol of future forums.

The public workshop will take place at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, on Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m. For those who cannot attend the workshop, suggestions and comments may be emailed in advance to ngcabletv@gmail.com.

Chat with your legislators

Invited by NGXchange volunteers to promote citizen engagement and awareness, State Sen. Eric Brakey and State Rep. Ellie Espling will highlight their work in Augusta. Afterward, community members will have an opportunity to talk with their legislators in a more casual format.

The open house event will take place at the Community Building, located behind the New Gloucester Town Hall on Intervale Road. It’s scheduled to occur from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29.

Townspeople approve moratorium on retail marijuana establishments

Residents voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night to approve an ordinance establishing a 180-day moratorium on retail marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs. Keep reading 

How we voted

OFFICE New Gloucester (n) Maine/District (%)
PRESIDENT
Hilary Clinton 1350 48.7
Gary Johnson 167 5.1
Jill Stein 61 1.9
Donald Trump 1657 44.3
US HOUSE DISTRICT 1    
Mark Holbrook 1716 41
Chellie Pingree 1541 59
COUNTY COMMISSISONER
Susan Witonis 2676 NA
STATE SENATE-District 20
Eric Brakey 2039 65.18
Kimberly Sampspn 1238 34.82
MAINE HOUSE (DISTRICT 65)
Elijah Breton 1314 45.03
Eleanor Espling 1985 54.97
REFERENDUM QUESTION
1-Legalize Marijuana Yes-1684

No-1658

Yes-50.9

No-49.1

2-Public Education Fund Yes-1459

No-1871

Yes-50.9

No-49.1

3-Background Checks Yes-1351

No-1998

Yes-48.9

No-51.1

4-Minimum Wage Increase Yes-1575

No-1768

Yes-55.9

No-44.1

5-Ranked Choice Voting Yes-1591

No-1710

Yes-52.7

No-47.3

6-Transportation Bond Issue Yes-1752

No-1552

Yes-61.56

No-38.44

Local numbers from Town of New Gloucester web site.
State results from Bangor Daily News as of 8:45 am Wed. November 9, 2016

Election and Absentee Voting

Voting will take place, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6 a.m.-8 p.m., at the New Gloucester Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road. The state referendum election ballot will consist of five citizen initiatives and one bond issue question. The general election ballot will contain candidates for county, state and national offices. View the ballots online at www.newgloucester.com or see print versions posted around town.

Absentee ballots are available at Town Hall during regular office hours: Monday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. An absentee ballot application can be printed from the town website and be mailed or hand-delivered to the town office or you can go to the State Election Website www.state.me.us/sos/cec/elec. Another option is to vote in person at Town Hall prior to the election during regular office hours. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, Nov. 3, without special circumstances. A reminder: The New Gloucester Town Hall service window will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to allow staff to be at the polls on Election Day.

 

Legalizing Marijuana to be Discussed, Oct. 6

Sheriff Kevin Joyce will be providing insight into the legal and social ramifications of legalizing recreational marijuana at a community presentation entitled, “What Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Looks Like.” Representatives from “Yes on 1”  will also be on the panel.

The discussion will take place during a New Gloucester Public Safety Committee meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. The program will be telecast live on NGTV community access Channel 3 and will be available as video on demand at www.newgloucester.com shortly thereafter.

Patti’s June 10 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Town election

Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, for the town election, which will be held at the Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester.

There are two SAD 15 bond referendum questions, a school budget validation vote, and state primary candidates on the ballot. Additionally, there are four candidates for two openings on the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen, three candidates for three openings on the SAD 15 Board of Directors, and one candidate for one opening on the New Gloucester Water District Board of Trustees. Note that only citizens who reside within the town’s water district may vote for water board candidates. See www.newgloucester.com to view sample ballots.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-29/

Shortest town meeting ever??

In record time — just 90 minutes — roughly 75 voters passed 33 warrant articles at the annual town meeting Monday, May 2nd. Keep reading

Patti’s May 13 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Selectmen candidates forum

Four certified candidates are competing for two open seats on the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen. They are Lenora Conger, Steven Libby, Nichole Stevens and Kathleen Potter. A televised candidates forum, open to the public, will be held Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m., at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. Tamilyn Wayboer will serve as the moderator.

Citizens are encouraged to send questions to be asked by the moderator by email to ngcabletv@gmail.com before noon Monday, May 23. The format also will include an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

The forum will be telecast live on local access cable Channel 3 and will be rebroadcast on June 3-5 and June 10-12, at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Also, the program will be available as video-on-demand at www.newgloucester.com.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-gray-new-gloucester-2/