Camden Herald Letters to the Editor May 31

May 31, 2018

The Clean Election Program in jeopardy

As election season gets going, the Maine legislature seems to have screwed the Clean Election program, and the candidates that have chosen to run “clean.” The Clean Election program, the first and best of its kind, one that ought to be replicated in other states and NATIONALLY, is in jeopardy – just one of the many important issues left on the table.  Shame on all of them for not being able to work together and advance the interests of the people of Maine.

A. Edward Doudera



Supporting Terry Hayes for Governor

With all the recent media attention for the conventions of Maine's Republicans and Democrats, voters shouldn't forget that it won't be only these party candidates who run for Governor this coming November. Nor should they forget the unfortunate and unproductive partisanship in Augusta that the two big parties have presided over in recent years. Voters who don't like that partisanship, should consider Terry Hayes, Maine's current state Treasurer and an independent candidate for Governor.

Terry, a former Democratic Legislator, came to the conclusion that party loyalty can often conflict with public servants' loyalty to the people they are supposed to be working for. So she became an Independent and, as such, has performed in a non-partisan way as Treasurer (a position to which she was elected by members of both parties in the Legislature.)

I had the pleasure of meeting Terry at a reception in South Thomaston back in February and was impressed with her understanding of Maine's problems (including that of partisanship) and with her proposals for remedying them. I have also met and listened to the leading gubernatorial candidates for the big parties and was saddened by their inevitable calls for partisan loyalty.

Terry's support of Maine's Clean Elections program and of Ranked Choice Voting prove to me that she understands how politics-as-usual is holding Maine back and that she will work hard for programs that can move our state forward.

Charlie Graham



In Support of Mark Eves for Governor

This year we have a wide range of highly qualified and capable candidates running for Governor, but one stands above the crowd: Mark Eves.

Mark is a proven leader who has clearly shown the ability to find solutions to the state’s problems. His work for eight years in the House of Representatives and four of those years as Speaker of the House is a testament to his abilities when he brought Republicans and Democrats together, passed budgets and found solutions that were needed for the well-being of our wonderful state. He knows how government works, knows how important it is to negotiate and also when to hold the line. At a time when our state and country are deeply divided, Mark is the leader we need.

Mark’s character, values and training make him a person who listens to everyone, is respectful yet also pushes people toward productive compromise, finding solutions that often seem impossible. As a fellow legislator, I saw him time and again sit down with the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate and bring back agreements that our House leaders and members on both sides of the aisle could live with. He found solutions.

We need a leader in the executive office who knows how to work well with the legislative branch, which is the only way we’re really going to move the state’s needs forward. Mark’s experience and skills fit that need better than any other candidate.

Mark has a strong moral compass. He holds true to the values we hold dear in our state. During this time of dissension locally and nationally, Mark will be the perfect Governor to bring our state back to civil discourse, find compromise and provide much-needed leadership that will help rebuild our economy, improve the lives of our workers and provide help for our neediest people.

I hope you will join me in supporting Mark Eves for Governor.

Joan Welsh

Former State Representative, District 94



Camden School Board Candidate

My name is Patrick McCafferty. I am running for the school board in Camden on June 12.

I grew up in Camden and consider myself downright lucky to have done so. I went to school in SAD 28 from my first day of kindergarten to my high school graduation in the year 2000. I have the fondest memories in the world of all of these buildings and more importantly of the teachers and administrators who helped make me the man I am today, and it is them in particular I would like to have the opportunity to serve. I also have three sons who are in the school system and I have a deeply vested interest in their education and their future.

After high school I went to UMaine in Orono and studied finance. During and after college I worked for 14 years here locally with MBNA America where I had the privilege of working for Mr. Charles Cawley and all of the talented people at MBNA. During my time there I became proficient in banking regulations and modern administration. While I worked at the bank I also started a project in diplomacy and lead a team of multinational strategists from around the world to leverage innovations in communications and
multimedia to improve and modernize U.S youth cultural exchange programs. In 2013 I was invited to share my ideas with world leaders at the World Justice Forum in the Netherlands. I left banking to be able to work outdoors and to spend more time closer to home. I now own a masonry company here in Camden and with a great team of guys we fix chimneys, build fireplaces, repair foundations, and even have the honor of working on some of our local institutions. We hope to soon establish mentorship programs for youth to work with their hands.

Sometimes while I work I get to see my friends and even my family roaming around the town with the ocean in the background, Mt. Battie in the foreground, and the greatest community you could ask for all around and I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. I don’t see myself as liberal or conservative. I see myself as pragmatic. When I see something that works I want to do the same thing and improve upon it if I can. When I see a problem I want to fix it.

I don’t approach the School Board as a reformer or a hard charger. I approach the position with modesty and with the commitment to learn as much as I can about the community’s vision for the school district and about the teachers who do the most important job in the world. I want to do my part to take any unnecessary burden from them. I will also strive to be a responsible decision maker.

I also have a brilliant wife and I think a lot of people would vote for me just because they believe that she would influence me. I would encourage you to vote for her instead of me if she were running but she is a bit busy at the moment with the three boys so I am going to take this one for the team.

Thank you all for your consideration and thank you to everyone in the school district who had such a big impact on my life. There were times you literally carried me on your shoulders and I am forever grateful for you all!


Patrick McCafferty


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