MEXICO – The Rumford/Mexico Area Democrats met Sept. 23 at the Mexico Town Hall for a soup and sandwich supper and talk and remarks by Maine Attorney General Steve Rowe.

Rowe paid tribute to Rep. John Patrick with whom Rowe served in the Legislature. When Rowe sought election as attorney general, Patrick was one of two colleagues tapped to give nominating speeches.

House candidate Linda Petrie was also singled out for praise by Rowe, who cited her 38 years of service as a teacher in the local schools and her ongoing community service work. He commented that the could not think of an individual with a longer public service career in their community.

In commenting on Sen. Bruce Bryant, Rowe remarked that there is no legislator more devoted to his district and making things happen than Bryant. He cited his work with local economic development and the Canton flood as particular examples.

The attorney general went on the talk about the role of his office in determining the constitutionality of the Palesky Tax Cap. The advisory opinion, supported by Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court, is that the differing tax rates for individuals is unconstitutional according to Maine law.

Patrick offered remarks on the activities of the Mexico field office, thanking the many volunteers. County Commissioner Fred Kennard reported on his work on the commission and the importance of maintaining the political balance on the board. Kennard is in line to chair the board in 2005.

County Treasurer Mary Ann Prue and former Sen. Ida Luther attended. Linda Petrie held a brief caucus of the Mexico Town Democratic Committee to nominate ballot clerks to be submitted to the town.

County Democratic Chairwoman Cathy Newell reported upcoming events and reported for the Bryant campaign as he was unable to be present due to attendance at a Council of State Governments national conference. She reminded people about the prescription drug trip to Canada and that applications must be in next week.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Eagles Hall.

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