2014 Primary Coverage

Election coverage

Advocates announce petition drive for legal pot in Lewiston

LEWISTON — Advocates hoping to make it legal to possess of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use have launched an effort to collect enough voter signatures to put the issue on a citywide ballot in November. "The petition process will spark a public dialogue about marijuana ... 3

State Rep. Lance Harvell withdraws from race

FARMINGTON — State Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, has withdrawn his bid for re-election this fall. Harvell, who has served in the Legislature since 2009, was scheduled to face Democratic challenger Edward David for the House District 113 seat. Harvell does not have a Republican op...

Low voter turnout expected for Tuesday's primary

AUGUSTA (AP) — Voter turnout is expected to be light in Maine's primary election this week. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said that few competitive primary races will likely contribute to fairly low voter turnout on Tuesday. He says he's estimating about 13 to 15 percent of eligi...

L-A voters to pick charter commissioners, party candidates Tuesday

Voters in Lewiston and Auburn on Tuesday will select members for a commission to create a joint charter that could lead to consolidation of the two cities. They will elect three charter commissioners from each city. Auburn voters will also decide on whether to approve the city's $38.2 mill...

Auburn to vote on school budget Tuesday

AUBURN — Voters will decide on a $38.2 million school budget Tuesday. Polls at regular ward locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 10. The proposed school budget is 3 percent higher than this fiscal year. Auburn taxpayers will be asked to pay $14.3 million, which me...

Five vying for two seats on Mexico board

MEXICO — Five residents are vying for two seats on the Board of Selectmen in Tuesday's elections. Voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 10, at the Calvin B. Lyons Hall in the Town Office. Along with the state primary ballot will be one for the 2014-15 town budget. ...

Oxford Hills-area elections slated for Tuesday

Local elections on Tuesday feature several contested selectmen's races and ballot initiatives. In Paris, one incumbent selectman is vying with three residents familiar in the local political scene for two seats. Selectman Ryan Lorrain, Planning Board member Michael Risica, Janet Jam...

Residents to vote on proposed RSU 5 budget Tuesday

DURHAM — Residents in Regional School Unit 5, Durham, Freeport and Pownal, will vote on a proposed $27.33 million school budget for 2014–2015 on Tuesday. The budget, up from last year's $25.93 million figure, was adopted by the RSU 5 Board of Directors at the annual budget meet...

Primary candidates in congressional race span political spectrum

LEWISTON — The outcome of Tuesday's primary to pick the contenders to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in Congress will be a bellwether for both political parties in the summer and fall political campaigns. Democratic and Republican primary voters in Maine's 2nd Congressional District,... 3

Kingfield voters approve small spending increase, road improvements

KINGFIELD — Voters quickly dispatched 41 warrant articles and the election of four officials at the annual town meeting Saturday.

 

Election Coverage

C.Christie: Support, care for one another

As our communities face the difficult task of creating and presenting town and school budgets, we will be asked to make some hard decisions. As members of our communities, decisions that we make impacting individual members do indeed affect us all. With the loss of revenue sharing a...

M. DeMers-Dobson: Choices in Buckfield

On June 10, Buckfield residents have an opportunity to weigh in on some important choices, both state-wide and in our town. A vote on the Withdrawal Committee decision made last June is one of them. A “yes” vote means to stop the withdrawal process. A “no” vote mean...

R. Butler: Dignity with compassion

I have had the pleasure of knowing Kevin Raye for more than 30 years and have always admired his consistency, moral strength, outstanding reputation, deep Maine roots and dignity with compassion. He listens to the people, works for them and finds solutions. He is the kind of person who wil...

D. Grandmaison: Willing to find solutions

On Tuesday, June 10, Democrats have the opportunity to vote for Emily Cain. Her charismatic personality, debating skills, dedication to work hard and understanding of the issues makes her the best qualified candidate for the Congress. She supports increasing the minimum wage and investing ...

M. Armstrong: Take back control of the country

Troy Jackson is an unusual Democratic candidate. He has been employed in the productive private sector. One would think that if the Democrat Party wants to represent working people, more of their candidates would be people who have actually had a real job. The professional students and att... 3

N. Ferguson: An informed perspective

For fellow Republicans from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District who would like to return the seat to the GOP, there is one clear choice in the upcoming primary election: Kevin Raye. He has the legislative experience, the informed perspective and the broad appeal that will lead voters ...

Bellows plans to campaign while walking across Maine

AUGUSTA — The Democrat aiming to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins in November said Friday that she's planning a 350-mile trek across Maine where she hopes to listen to voters' concerns and learn about thriving local businesses. Shenna Bellows' three-and-a-half-week journey by foo...

C. Quint: Creating opportunities for Maine

Emily Cain is an outstanding candidate to represent Maine in Congress, and I am pleased and proud to support her. I have known her for more than 10 years and have found her to be a consistently hard worker who knows how to get things done for this state. She knows how to ask tough question...

L. Macgregor: Work to give Rumford a chance

If there's a cause, such as Relay for Life, or an issue critical to the town, such as economic development, Jolene Lovejoy is actively involved. She is a positive force in the town of Rumford. Underscore "positive." As Jon Starr of the Rumford Finance Committee wrote in the Rumford Falls T...

R. Wagner: Standing up for working people

The issue of wages and jobs is a critical one for Maine, not least of all in Androscoggin County and Lewiston-Auburn. The poverty rate for all of Androscoggin County is 14.8 percent and its median income is $44,826. That poverty rate is higher than the state's overall rate and that median ...