LOCKE MILLS – Donkey Tuesday, an evening of food, fun, and music, sponsored by the Oxford County and Bethel Area Democrats, attracted a sold-crowd of 150 at the Locke Mills Legion Hall recently, and provided an opportunity for area candidates to greet supporters and for the party to organize volunteers for the final week of the campaign season.

Sen. Bruce Bryant, Marge Medd, District 14 Senate candidate; Roy Gedat, running for the House in District 95; Tim Carter, running for the House in District 91; and County Commissioner candidate George Driscoll offered remarks.

Patrick McGowan, commissioner of the Department of Conservation, represented Gov. John Baldacci. McGowan noted the scenic location chosen for the Donkey Tuesday event, across from the Bucks Ledges property, and offered some hope that the Land for Maine’s Future Fund would secure new funding for such projects in the future. He stated that despite approval of the fund by 70 percent of Maine people, a small minority of Republican legislators were able to prevent Baldacci from moving ahead with offering a bond issue this November.

County Chairperson Cathy Newell and Don Murphy of Bethel shared emcee duties, and music was provided by The Accordian Man, a team of drummers, Donnie Katlin, and Don Murphy. The supper committee, chaired by Jan Kubiac, included Allison Rosenblatt, Lauretta Varo, Jim Lowe, Wendy Meader, Leah Deegan, assisted by many of the attendees. A very silent auction was held.

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