2014 Primary Coverage

Election coverage

B. Fraser: Two great candidates

The voters of Minot are fortunate to have two great candidates running for office on Nov. 4. Two people who will fight for us in Augusta. Eric Brakey is running for state Senate. He is a young, hard worker who is listening to our concerns. He will work hard for fiscal responsibility, find ...

T. Jacqmin: Time to stop the damage

In the Sun Journal on July 16, I saw an article, “Poland Board surprised by hefty bill.” I was shocked to see Poland residents are still paying money to state Sen. John Cleveland. Didn't Poland vote to end the contract with Community Dynamics Corp. back in April? That is Clevel... 1

R. Melendy: Gov. LePage unveiled

Those who doubt that Gov. Paul LePage discredits the entire state of Maine and all of its citizens should review newspaper articles and editorials that reveal: • The governor stated that a Democratic leader, "... claims to be for the people, but he's the first one to give it to the pe... 36

M. Morin: Would bankrupt Maine

In 2007, two Democrats, Tom Allen and Mike Michaud, served in Congress. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that "We will bring transparency and openness to the budget process and the use of earmarks," (also known as "pork"). Allen submitted 125. And Michaud? Guess how many. Not 150... 5

L. Gibson: Keep Maine moving

I have been hearing some supporters of Mike Michaud talking about what a nice guy he is. While it's true that he is a nice guy, that doesn't get the job done. Being a nice guy hasn't created any record of accomplishment after 12 years in Congress. Being a nice guy didn't create solutions t... 7

D. Grandmaison: Working together as problem solver

Heidi Brooks is running for House District 61 in Lewiston. Brooks is a well educated, common sense and caring person who has been involved in speaking up for the poor, the middle class, veterans, seniors and taxpayers in Lewiston, Augusta and Washington. Her leadership skills started as a ...

G. Mathews: New ideas, new leadership needed

In the Sun Journal story, “Poland board surprised by hefty bill” (July 16), John Cleveland overcharged the taxpayers of Poland by 80 percent over budget. I can understand why taxpayers of Poland could be outraged by his action. I would not normally worry about Poland town probl... 2

F. Bosse: He cannot be trusted

This is in response to the Bangor Daily News article, "Commitment to gun rights questioned," printed in the Sun Journal July 15, regarding U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. The article questions Michaud's commitment to support the public's gun rights here in Maine. The real "meat" of the article was... 3

A. Berry: Need fiscal responsibility

“Taxpayers out there are going to be furious,” Poland Selectman Walter Gallagher said about Democratic state Sen. John Cleveland over-billing the town (Sun Journal story, “Poland board surprised by hefty bill,” July 16). Gallagher is right: I am furious. Agai...

R. Caron: Time for Collins to step aside

It is high time that the voters make an honest woman of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. When she first started campaigning, she made a promise that she didn't want to make the job into a political career; that she would serve two terms and then bow out, leaving someone else to take over. G... 17


Election Coverage

L. Pelletier: He values education

I am writing in support of a young man who is running for the Maine Senate in November. I first met Eric Brakey at a school committee meeting and again later at a city council meeting. He asked me to meet with him and we sat down at an Auburn diner and discussed our thoughts and views on e...

P. Malcolm: He'll bring back civility

Despite efforts by the GOP to say otherwise, people know Mike Michaud. He's the same steady, reliable guy he's always been — the guy Mainers have sent to Congress for term after term, because they know he'll do the right thing. He didn't earn endorsements by the NRA because of what h...

K. Elliott: A breath of fresh air

Eric Brakey is running for state Senate, and I hope everyone will join me in supporting him. I met him while working at the Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre, and was immediately impressed by his friendliness and genuine interest in the work I was doing as the theater’s graphi... 2

G. Colby: Working hard for the people

I have known Eric Brakey for about three years. Brakey is a candidate for the Maine Senate and I consider the state fortunate to have him. He cares about people's concerns, but even more, he cares about the Constitution and what it really says. He faithfully attends town meetings and meeti... 1

L. Snowe-Mello: Restoring the economy

For 14 years, I represented my community in the Maine House and Senate. Now, it is time to support Maine’s next generation of leaders. That is why I am proud to support Eric Brakey for Maine Senate. I have worked closely with Brakey, and I understand the strength of his character and... 1

L. Jensen: Fix the welfare system

Young people should loudly demand welfare reform. Not only because the current welfare system sends the message that able-bodied people can choose to not work and just live off the taxpayers, but because young people have to work harder than anyone else to be successful. The unemployment r... 5

R. Reed: He has done what he promised

I recall a time when people who needed help went first to friends and neighbors and then to their churches and community. There was a time when jobs were plentiful and those who needed to work were willing to take up a new trade or skill in order to survive. Sadly that seems to have been m... 11

M. Driscoll: Has the qualifications

I have been a registered Democrat for my entire adult life. I also believe that a candidate’s qualifications are more important than their party. That is why I am standing squarely in support of Republican Eric Brakey for Maine Senate this November. In my time volunteering at Lewisto... 8

Auburn taking nominations to replace Levesque on School board

AUBURN — Officials are looking for a candidate to fill the seat vacated by former School Committee Chairwoman Tracey Levesque. The Auburn City Clerk's office will ...

L. Wooten: Will speak up, take the lead

I want to take this opportunity to introduce a great candidate for Senate that I am seriously impressed with and who I want to thank for speaking up for the public while in Augusta. His name is new to some, but his courage and knowledge is what my district needs. He is a man of acti... 15