The speaker of the Maine House is calling on a recently elected state representative from Waldoboro to resign over allegations that he violated Maine’s Clean Election Act during his 2022 campaign.

Rep. Clinton E. Collamore Sr., D-Waldoboro, was indicted Dec. 15 on multiple counts of aggravated forgery, unsworn falsification and violations of the Clean Election Act, according to the indictment filed in Lincoln County Superior Court in Wiscasset

House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland, has asked Collamore, 62, to step down.

“In light of these allegations, the speaker of the House is requesting Rep. Collamore’s immediate resignation,” according to a statement Tuesday afternoon by Talbot Ross’ spokesperson, Mary-Erin Casale. Casale said Talbot Ross would have no further comment on the matter.

Collamore’s 42-page indictment alleges he committed 20 counts of aggravated forgery, a Class B crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; 11 counts of unsworn falsification (Class D); and one count of violating Maine’s Clean Election Act (Class E).

Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics, issued a memo Tuesday updating commission members on election misconduct allegations against Collamore and Matthew Toth of Sanford, an unsuccessful Republican candidate for House District 143. Toth eventually withdrew from the November 2022 general election after being denied clean election funds. Both matters are scheduled to go before the Maine Ethics Commission at its Jan. 30 meeting.

About 200 legislative candidates receive Clean Election Act funding each election year, Wayne said. To qualify, candidates must collect Qualifying Contributions, or QCs, of $5 each from at least 60 registered voters in their district and submit them to the commission’s office by April 20 of the election year. A contributor must give $5 and sign a form affirming their contribution came from personal funds.

Commission staff determined that Collamore forged several contributor signatures. He received more than $14,000 in Maine Clean Election Act funds.

“Staff re-examined the forms and identified more than 30 contributors whose signatures did not seem genuine. Our opinion was that the candidate had signed for the contributors,” Wayne wrote in his memo to the commission.

The commission referred both cases to the Office of the Attorney General for further investigation. The AG’s office obtained criminal indictments for both candidates, Wayne said. The indictment against Toth was handed up on Dec. 5, 2022. Toth could not be reached Tuesday night for comment.

Attempts to reach Collamore Tuesday were also unsuccessful. He did not answer his cell phone or respond to an email message, and a message left at the offices of his Boothbay Harbor attorney was not returned.

Collamore defeated Republican Lynn Madison of Waldoboro 2,083 (51 percent) votes compared to 2,045 (49 percent) in November for the House District 45 seat. Collamore is a veteran municipal official for Waldoboro. District 45 includes Waldoboro, Bremen and Louds Island in Lincoln County and the Knox County towns of Friendship and Washington.

The seat had been held by independent Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos of Friendship who did not seek reelection.

Collamore had been named three weeks ago to the Legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.