Newly elected to represent New Gloucester and part of Poland in the Legislature, Amy Arata shares an unusual distinction with her father Richard Bradstreet: they are thought to be the first simultaneously serving daughter-father legislators in Maine history. Read Marina Villeneuve’s full story in the Jan. 18 Portland Press Herald
AUGUSTA — When her teenage son came home from school toting a book titled “Kafka on the Shore,” Amy Arata of New Gloucester decided she ought to give it a read.
What she found within the pages of the 2002 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami appalled her.Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.
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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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.