Democrats to caucus March 2
In many ways, the caucuses are the kickoff events for the biennial elections. Attendees elect officers of their Democratic municipal committees, elect municipal representatives to their county Democratic committees and elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention.
The 2014 State Convention will be held Friday and Saturday, May 30-31 at the newly-opened Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The event will feature activist trainings and workshops, passage of the 2014 Platform and floor speeches from Congressman Mike Michaud, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and candidates for the U.S. Senate and 2nd Congressional District, among others.
Caucus attendees may express support for local and state level candidates by volunteering for campaign activities. Some caucuses plan time for discussion of issues and the direction of the Maine Democratic Party. Democrats are looking for a strong turnout as a prelude to good results in November.
Candidates or their representatives often attend the municipal caucuses in order to meet voters and to gather nomination petition signatures and/or $5 checks to qualify for Clean Election funds. Caucus attendees should bring their checkbooks if they wish to give those qualifying contributions.
New voters and unenrolled voters may register and/or enroll as Democrats at their caucuses and participate. A registrar or deputy will be present at the outset of all caucuses for this purpose. Those who will become 18 on or before Nov. 4 may also participate, but they must register and enroll at their town offices before March 2.
The particular times and places for the Knox County caucuses and their conveners are below. All venues are handicapped accessible. A uniform storm date for the county will be Sunday, March 9 at the same hour and place as the scheduled March 2 caucus. Town chairs/conveners will make the decision to postpone for their own towns if necessary. For more information, please contact Knox County Democratic Chairman Adrian Humphreys at 763-4691.
Appleton — 2 p.m. Town Office, Kristin Sims 399-4705
Camden — 2 p.m. Washington Street Conference Room, Ann Bex 236-2101
Cushing — 1 p.m. Town Office, Judith Knowlton 809-1167
Friendship — 1 p.m. Town Office, Bill Michaud 975-0205
Hope — 2 p.m. Town Office (Library), Adrian Humphreys 763-4691
Isle Au Haut — 7 p.m. Revere Memorial Hall, Matt Skolnikoff 335-2111
Matinicus — 1 p.m. Tuckanuck Lodge, Bill Hoadley 366-3830
North Haven — 3 p.m. Town Office, Charlie Pingree 867-4667
Owls Head — 2 p.m. Community Building, Stu Thro 594-8611
Rockland — 3 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers, Ed Glaser 594-2190
Rockport — 1:30 p.m. Town Office, Dave Jackson 236-7014
South Thomaston — 2 p.m. Town Office, Kathy Brandes 594-8028
St. George — 2 p.m. Fire House Meeting Room, Bruce Hodsdon 372-6535
Thomaston — 1 p.m. Watts Hall, Chuck Kruger 354-8239
Union — 4 p.m. Town Office, Lower Room Jeff Nims 785-4263
Vinalhaven — 2:15 p.m. Town Office, Karol Kucinski 863-2053
Warren — 2 p.m. Town Office, Lis Clark 632-4797
Washington — 3 p.m. Gibbs Library Bryant Room, Charlotte Henderson 845-2661