NORTH WATERFORD – Former Congressman David Emery, a candidate for Maine governor in the June Republican primary, was the featured speaker at the January meeting of the Oxford County Republican Committee at the North Waterford Congregational Church.

Emery emphasized that Maine must be a place where young people like his son, currently a student at Georgia Tech, can come back to and find good jobs. If elected Maine’s governor, he promised a zero-based budget process in order to get the state’s financial house in order.

He also pledged an all-out assault on Maine’s tax burden. He advocated a return to a more business friendly economic climate.

During the business meeting, the committee approved several minor changes to the bylaws. Various officeholders and candidates were recognized, including Rep. Bruce Hanley, R-Paris; County Commissioners Dave Duguay and Steve Merrill; Rep. Sawin Millett, R-Waterford; Judge of Probate Dana Hanley; Rep. Richard Sykes, R-Harrison; and sheriff candidate Alan Carr.

Caucus packets were distributed to representatives of various towns.

The caucuses must be held prior to March 15 to select delegates for the May state convention.

Plans for the annual Lincoln Day dinner were announced. The dinner will be held at the Four Seasons Restaurant in South Paris with Ray Richardson, WLOB political radio commentator, as speaker. There will also be a raffle and auction. Cards will go out soon to provide instructions on purchasing tickets for the annual event and fund-raiser.

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