2014 Primary Coverage

Election coverage

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... 15

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


Election Coverage

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

T. Shields: Knows fiscal responsibility

David Sawicki is a superb candidate for the Legislature, District 64, a newly established district including the northern part of Auburn and the adjacent town of Minot. He lives in Auburn and grew up in Oxford County. Sawicki has his own business and knows fiscal responsibility. He has an ... 56

M. Caminiti: Representing the hard-working people

Driving around Farmington, I am struck by the number of bumper stickers I see asserting, "Working People Vote Republican." It’s striking because Sen. Susan Collins and other Republicans recently failed to support a raise in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Republicans a... 3

Fareed Zakaria: Tough choice ahead for Hillary

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton's problem is not her money. Despite the media flurry over a couple of awkward remarks she made, most people will understand her situation pretty quickly — she wasn't born rich but has become very rich — and are unlikely to hold it against her. Mitt Rom...

Otisfield voters approve budget, park lease deal, land trust request

More than 100 voters gathered early Saturday morning at the Otisfield Community Hall, where baked goods, fruit, coffee and information about the town's history and upcoming events were available as voters greeted each other and prepared to act on the town meeting warrant.

R. Fraser: A young, fresh face

Many people had the opportunity to meet with Eric Brakey on June 10. He was seen at all the polling places in his district of Auburn, Minot, Mechanic Falls, Poland and New Gloucester. Brakey is running for the state Senate seat in that district. Brakey is just what Maine needs — a fr...

Micklon hopes to continue on Otisfield board in Saturday election

OTISFIELD — Selectman Rick Micklon will run for a second term on the board at the annual town election Saturday. Voters will elect a member to the Board of Selectmen, a chairman for the Board of Selectmen and a road commissioner after the annual town meeting gets underway June 28 beg...

J. Kirsch: Young people running for Senate

It is nice to see the younger crowd of Maine getting involved in politics in order to put Maine on a course of less spending, leading to more business in Maine and less tax burden for all of us. Eric Brakey seems to be just the person Maine needs to elect in order to fulfill that goal....