Don’t forget that next Tuesday, June 12th, is Election Day. Tomorrow, June 7th, is the last day you can submit an absentee ballot (vote at Town Hall by 4 pm).
New Gloucester’s polling place is the NG Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road, from 6 am to 8 pm. See the town website for information about ballots and referendum questions.
We’ll be using ranked choice voting for the first time. For NG voters, this will be used for Republican and Democratic primaries for governor. The League of Women Voters of Maine has produced a useful guide to the 2018 elections.
(Don’t miss the video with the Mardens Lady on ranked choice voting!
The community is invited to meet Ned Claxton, candidate for Maine Senate District 20, on Monday Feb. 5, from 5 to 7 pm at the New Gloucester Congregational Church vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. This is a chance to chat with Ned, enjoy pizza from the New Gloucester Village Store, and catch up with neighbors. The event is informal; just stop by anytime between 5 and 7 pm.
Ned Claxton is a longtime physician and civic leader from Auburn, running as a Clean Elections candidate for Senate District 20. The district encompasses New Gloucester, Auburn, Poland, Minot, and Mechanic Falls. For more information about Ned Claxton, go to Claxton for Maine Senate.
The Auburn Democrat will run against Republican Ellie Espling of New Gloucester for the open District 20 seat.
By Steve Collins – Sun Journal
AUBURN — A longtime physician hopes to win a state Senate seat this year in an open district that Republican Eric Brakey has represented for the past four years.
Edmund “Ned” Claxton, 68, said his familiarity with health care and the struggles of his patients give him a unique perspective that would benefit Mainers.
Read complete article at http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/03/physician-edmund-ned-claxton-to-run-for-state-senate-seat-being-vacated-by-eric-brakey/
November 7th is voting day. While it’s an off-year with no state or federal election taking place, there are several referendum items on the ballot. You can vote three ways:
1) absentee ballot by mail– by requesting that the Town Office mail a ballot to you
2) go to Town Office and vote in person
3) go to the polls on November 7th at the fire station, 611 Lewiston Rd. Polls are open 6 am to 8 pm
Here are the questions on the ballot:
- Citizen Initiative
Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?
- Citizen Initiative
Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?
- Bond Issue
Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and for the upgrade of municipal culverts and stream crossings?
Total estimated lifetime cost is $133,875,000 representing $105,000,000 in principal and $28,875,000 in interest (assuming interest at 5.0% over 10 years).
- Constitutional Amendment
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to reduce volatility in state pension funding requirements caused by the financial markets by increasing the length of time over which experience losses are amortized from 10 years to 20 years, in line with pension industry standards?
For more information on these questions, see http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html
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.
State senator Eric Brakey has formed a committee to assess what it would take to run a viable campaign against independent U.S. Sen. Angus King in 2018.Sen. Brakey admits he would be an underdog against King, who has served since 2013 and intends to run for re-election. Republican Gov. Paul LePage said in May that he would run against King, if he’s not given a position in President Trump’s administration.
Brakey announced Wednesday that he has formed a federal exploratory committee, which will raise funds for traveling and assess what it would take to run a viable campaign.
The two-term state senator has sponsored at least 29 bills this session on topics ranging from eliminating corporate welfare to allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat opiate addiction.
From the Portland Press Herald, 3.30.17
Invited by NGXchange volunteers to promote citizen engagement and awareness, State Rep. Ellie Espling will highlight her work in Augusta. Afterward, community members will have an opportunity to talk with her in a more casual format.
The open house event will take place at the First Congregational Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. It’s scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 5. (Note that this event has been rescheduled from the original date of March 29 and moved to the church vestry.)
Advocates say that a Republican’s bill would help the state address a looming shortage of home health care workers. Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling’s bill would direct the state Department of Health and Human Services to increase reimbursement rates for home-based care services.
Her bill is set for a public hearing Monday. Keep reading in the SunJournal.
Lawmakers disposed of two bills Friday that would have loosened Maine laws that allow an adult to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.
The bills offered by Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, would have allowed someone as young as 18 to carry a concealed pistol, and removed a provision in state law requiring those carrying a gun on their person or in their vehicle to disclose that in any encounter with law enforcement. Keep reading
The conversation with State Senator Eric Brakey and House Representative Ellie Espling on March 29th must be rescheduled due to a conflict. A new date will be announced soon.