WALDOBORO — In addition to the Honorary Chair of the Bake, Hon. Marge Kilkelly of Dresden, elected officials from across Lincoln County and beyond confirmed their attendance of the Lincoln County Democratic Committee’s Family Fun Day Lobster Bake from noon until 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Cider Hill Farm in Waldoboro.

“We are gratified by the response from our legislators and officials in the criminal justice system,” said Chris Johnson, chair of the Lincoln County Democratic Committee. “Our guests at the ’bake will have the chance to get to know their representatives, and directly discuss issues important to them.”

Maine Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau (HD 11) will attend the bake for the first time.

“Following an unprecedented year and a half with a pandemic that altered our way of life, the course of our economy, and left too many families grieving the passing of loved ones, it is heartening to be together again. Most importantly, it is great to gather together with lobster on the menu. The Lincoln County Democratic Committee Lobster Bake comes at such an important time.

“Being together after a long year apart is good for our spirits. This is also a chance to celebrate the transformative accomplishments of this legislative session: 55% for education, 5% for revenue sharing, boosting property tax relief, funding for vocational schools, investments in combating climate change and more.” The first out member of the LGBTQ+ community to be Maine speaker and one of about two dozen to hold such leadership positions nationwide, at age 28, Fecteau is the youngest speaker of the house in Maine history.

Democrats and Republicans came together in November 2020 to elevate State Sen. Chloe Maxmin (SD 13) from her role as House District 88 state representative to state senator in a highly contested race against the then-Republican Majority Leader Sen. Dana Dow.

She recognizes how important the annual event is to the life of the Democratic party in Lincoln County, “The Lincoln County Democrats represent the best of community engagement,” she said. “The kindness, commitment and wisdom of the group makes Lincoln County stronger. I’m proud to attend the Lobster Bake this year!”

As the district attorney for Maine Prosecutorial District 6 which includes Lincoln, Waldo, Knox and Sagadahoc counties, Natasha Irving will also be in attendance. “As the first Democrat and the first [female] district attorney in the midcoast, I have been able to work effectively with partners in restorative justice, law enforcement, substance use disorder treatment and mental health treatment to re-envision community-based justice for our friends, our families and our neighbors.”

Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett, County Commissioner Bill Blodgett and State Treasurer Henry Beck also confirmed their attendance. Additional special guests include several municipal selectboard members, former state legislators and other town officials, as well as many volunteers who worked and continue to work for the committee.

U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (CD 1) was invited, as has Gov. Janet Mills, who both attended past lobster bakes.

“We’re looking forward to an afternoon of fun, food, and grassroots politicking at its most American,” said Johnson. “We truly appreciate these fine folks taking time from their precious weekend to share their ideas about the future with us!”

Full details about the Aug. 8 Family Fun Day Lobster Bake including the schedule, location, expected attendance list and reservation information can be found at lincolncountydemocrats.com/lobster.

The deadline for receiving reservations by mail is Monday, Aug. 2. Online payments for reservations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 6, at lincolncountydemocrats.com/2021lobster. To request other reservation arrangements or for more information about this event, contact  Lincoln County Democratic Committee Fundraising Chair Geoff Bates at 644-8776.

The Lincoln County Democratic Committee uses money they raise through fundraising initiatives to support local efforts in Lincoln County.