December 5, 2018, was a day of many firsts in Augusta. It was the first time that a Chief Justice has sworn in the Maine Legislature. It was the first time that 60 women have been sworn into the House of Representatives. It was the first time that a father and daughter have been sworn in to serve together. I’m proud to say that I’m that daughter, and my father is Richard Bradstreet from District 80 (Vassalboro, Somerville, Windsor, part of Augusta). We each independently decided to run for our house districts this year and were both elected. This is a privilege that I will cherish for the rest of my life!
The swearing-in ceremony was very much a family affair, with toddlers wandering around the front, the Speaker of the House’s daughter playing the violin for the national anthem, and one legislator standing and saying “present” with her adorable twin daughters in her arms. Maine families are the glue that binds this state together and I am proud to serve the families of New Gloucester and Poland. As legislators, we need to set an example for our children of civility, restraint, responsibility, and kindness. Much was said at the ceremony of the need for the parties to work together, and I couldn’t agree more. The attitude of those in attendance was one of camaraderie, and I am optimistic that it will last.
We did, however, have one close call. As Troy Jackson, the Senate President and a former logger, hammered his gavel near the end of the day, a large splinter broke off and flew over half of the state Senate! Thankfully, nobody went home in bandages.
May you have a joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
Representative for House District 65
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A forum for State Senate and House candidates was held at the Meeting House on October 9th, in two back-to-back sessions.Organized by the New Gloucester Candidates and Referendum Issues Committee in consultation with the candidates, each moderated session included a series of questions that had been submitted by community members, and a “voters’ voices” segment in which attendees posed questions from the floor.
The first session with House District 35 candidates Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge was moderated by John Salisbury. See the video: House District 35
The second session with Senate District 20 candidates Ned Claxton and Ellie Espling was moderated by Anne Gauthier Maurice. See the video:
Senate District 20
Invited to this forum are candidates Ned Claxton and Ellie Espling running for the Maine Senate and Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge, running for the House. The public is invited to attend the live event at the New Gloucester Meeting House or to watch on Cable channel 3.
The Forum will begin at 6:30 pm and consist of a 60-minute session for each race, one following the other, and each facilitated by a moderator. The public is invited to submit questions by Wednesday October 3 at 11 a.m. to email@example.com The moderator will not disclose who submitted the questions being asked.
The Portland Press Herald and the University of New England will host a gubernatorial debate on Wednesday, October 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., featuring candidates Alan Caron (I), Terry Hayes (I), Janet Mills (D) and Shawn Moody (R). The forum will be moderated by Carol Coultas, PPH Business Editor.
Bill Nemitz, PPH Columnist and Greg Kesich, PPH Editorial Page Editor, will serve as panelists.
Streaming live on pressherald.com
The Sun Journal is running a series of candidate profiles.
See profiles for our two House candidates, Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge:
And Senate candidates, Ellie Espling and Ned Claxton:
The four contenders are fielding questions on healthcare, the economy, Maine’s workforce and education at the Portland Regional Chamber event. Keep reading in Portland Press Herald.
Republican Amy Arata and Democrat Misty Coolidge have ideas for addressing the opioid crisis, and both support Medicaid expansion. Keep reading in Portland Press Herald
Debra Smith, left, and Penny Hilton who are members of the Candidate and Referendum Issues Committee set up a table at Thompson’s Orchard on Sept. 30. They are still seeking questions and/or discussion topics from the public for the Oct. 9th legislative candidates forums. Please submit questions and/or discussion topics by Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10 am by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.