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Questions raised about NG candidates’ forum

Members of a town-appointed committee learned Monday that their request for $250 for posters to advertise public forums for town candidates may not be allowed.

Town Manager Carrie Castonguay said she sought a legal opinion from the Maine Municipal Association and money for political purposes is an open question.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Steve Libby, the liaison for the Candidates/Referendum Issues Committee, said, “The town should stay out of politics. It’s not the town’s job to educate the public on the candidates.” Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Peter Bragdon announces bid for New Gloucester Selectmen on a promise of Trust, Transparency and Communication

Peter Bragdon announces bid for New Gloucester Selectmen on a promise of Trust, Transparency and Communication.

I am pleased to announce that I have taken out papers for Board of Selectmen for the Town of New Gloucester.    I must collect 25 signatures of valid voters to appear on the June Ballot.

I feel it is time to rebuild Trust, Transparency and Communication within the town government of New Gloucester.  It is apparent that there is a huge lack of trust and transparency and a major part of that is communication.    New Gloucester is a wonderful town and there are many great attributes to our community.   It is terrible to see a division between the leaders and the people. Continue reading

Amy Arata sworn in as our state representative in Maine’s 129th Legislature

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!

Amy Arata
Representative for House District 65

How we voted

See the New Gloucester election results on the town web site:

 

Pineland YMCA Offers Free Election Day Short-Term Child Watch

To help families vote, the Pineland YMCA is offering free short-term child watch services on Election Day, Tuesday November 6, from 7 am to 7 pm.

The Y is located at 25 Campus Drive in New Gloucester.  For more information, contact the Pineland YMCA at (207) 688-2255.

 

Candidates forum videos available online

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

 

Forum with Candidates for Legislature

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 newgloucesterquestions@gmail.com   The moderator will not disclose who submitted the questions being asked.

Another chance to hear from gubernatorial candidates

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

 

 

Profiles of candidates in Sun Journal

The Sun Journal is running a series of candidate profiles.

See profiles for our two House candidates, Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge:
http://www.sunjournal.com/amy-bradstreet-arata
http://www.sunjournal.com/misty-coolidge

And Senate candidates, Ellie Espling and Ned Claxton:

Ellie Espling

Ned Claxton

Candidates for governor meet in second forum

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.