PARIS – A capacity crowd of more than 50 people attended the Oxford County Democrats meeting and caucus training Jan. 22. The meeting was preceded by a potluck supper.

Most of the 36 municipal caucuses to be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, were represented to hear Maine Democratic Party Executive Director Aymie Walshe outline the caucus process. For the first time since 1992, Maine’s caucus meetings involve presidential preference selection, replacing the June presidential primary. A complete list of caucus sites, times and convenors is available at www.mainedems.org, or by calling County Chairwoman Cathy Newell at 875-2116.

Alison Sanchez of Raymond announced that the Howard Dean campaign office in Lewiston is open and there will be a meet-up at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Fare Share Commons in Norway.

Mike Broderick, representing the John Kerry campaign, announced Kerry meetings at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 6, at the Broderick’s home in Bethel.

There will be a pre-caucus and pizza party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, for Democrats at the Mexico Town Hall with Rep. Mike Michaud attending. Legislative candidates, Sen. Bruce Bryant, Rep. John Patrick and Linda Petrie, are hosting the event. Those planning to attend are asked to respond to Linda Petrie at 364-8812, or Cathy Newell at 875-2116.

The Oxford County Democrats recently presented the Canton Flood Relief Fund with checks totaling $260 from individuals making the donations in honor of Sen. Bruce Bryant, a Canton native. This is the third such donation made by the county Democrats in the past three years with the New York City Firefighters Relief Fund and the Great Northern Paper workers being earlier recipients.

Participation in the Feb. 8 caucus meetings is open to any Democrat, unenrolled or independent voter, or anyone not registered to vote. There will be voter registration and enrollment at the caucus site 30 minutes prior to the start of the caucus. The deadline for individuals to change party was Jan. 23. Absentee ballots for the caucus may be obtained by calling 622-6233 or visiting www.mainedems.org.


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