2014 Primary Coverage

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Jay residents have one contested race, write-in candidate to decide

JAY — Residents have a selectperson's race and a vacant RSU 73 director seat to consider at the polls Tuesday. Voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at the Community Building. Fifth Selectperson Thomas Goding and Matt McCourt are seeking a three-year term... 1

Michaud proposes inspector general to oversee DHHS

AUGUSTA — Democratic candidate for governor Mike Michaud said Thursday that if elected, he will create a state-level Office of Inspector General to fight “waste, fraud and abuse” in the Department of Health and Human Services. Michaud’s announcement appeared to be i... 1

Two Livermore residents vie for one selectperson position

LIVERMORE — Voters will decide Tuesday, June 10, who will represent them for the next three years as selectperson. Candidates Melissa Gilbert and Tim Kachnovich are running for the position held by John Wakefield. It is the only contested race on the local ballot. Polls will b...

Wilton candidates seek seat on the Board of Selectmen

WILTON — Three residents are seeking election to a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday.  Selectman Terry Brann is being challenged by John Black and Gerald Whitney. Selectman Paul Berkey and school board director Keith Swett are unopposed in their bids fo...

Maine nixes cap that limits how much individuals can give to campaigns

AUGUSTA — The Maine Ethics Commission has lifted the $25,000 aggregate cap for individuals donating to political campaigns, based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Under the old cap, individuals were limited to $25,000 in total donations to candidates running for office in any...

 

Election Coverage

Construction group endorses LePage for governor again

Cutler vows to be Maine's 'education governor;' LePage and Michaud also tout records

PORTLAND — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler on Tuesday rolled out his education platform in whistle-stops in Bangor and Portland. Cutler, of Cape Elizabeth, is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage a...

Cutler campaign outspends rivals in Maine governor's race

AUGUSTA — Independent Eliot Cutler continues to far outpace incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in spending on the 2014 governor’s race, despite the fact that contributions to his campaign, especially in recent weeks, have been meager. Wh... 1

M. Lavoie: Understands the art of compromise

From a song by the Rollings Stones, "you can't always get what you want, but if you try, sometime you find you get what you need." Kevin Raye is a Republican. I am a Democrat, so I won't be voting for him in the upcoming primary. If, in the general election, my candidate does not come out ... 29

Jay voters to consider proposed $5.5 million town budget, ordinances

JAY — Voters will decided on a proposed $5.5 million municipal budget and two ordinances, including an Animal Control Ordinance, at the polls Tuesday, June 10. Voting will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Building. The door to enter the polls is on the right side o...

Paris voters to act on subdivision ordinance

PARIS — Voters will be asked next week to approve changes to the town's subdivision laws, a move which town officials believe will entice developers.   At the polls Tuesday, June 10, residents will vote on proposed changes to the town's subdivision ordinance, which would reduce ...

M. Richard: Vote on June 10

I have been called a troublemaker by some and praised by many for the information I share through my letters to the editor. It doesn't bother me at all. I only do what I do for the benefit of Mexico citizens. If residents do only one thing to help the town this year, they should vote "no" ...

Jay Town Office to be closed June 10 for election

JAY – The Town Office will be closed June 10 for elections. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jay Community Building. The town will hold its municipal election of town and school officers and the proposed municipal budget for 2014-15. Residents who pla...

Peter Garcia, Bette Swett-Thibault, Ron Bissonnette: Voters deserve a say on charter commission

On June 10, citizens of Lewiston and Auburn will elect representatives to serve on a charter commission to draft a plan to merge the Twin Cities. This is the first step in a state law process to decide whether or not to merge. The final decision will be made by the voters, once the plan is comple...

Cutler turns in signatures for election ballot, renews call for debates

AUGUSTA — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler turned in more than 5,500 voter signatures Thursday, ensuring his name will be on Maine's 2014 election ballot. Cutler, of Cape Elizabeth, also renewed his challenge to the other two candidates in the race — Republican G...