Legislators note 54 years of service

Election Day honor for Pinkham

By Dagney C. Ernest | Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Muriel Pinkham, seated, receives a Legislative Sentiment honoring her many years as a Thomaston ballot clerk on Election Day, June 12. Standing, from left, are Rep. John Spear, D-South Thomaston, who sponsored the Legislative Sentiment; Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, who presented it; and Pinkham’s grandson Darren Hyler and daughter LuAnn Hyler.

Thomaston — Tuesday, June 12, found Muriel Pinkham at her post as a ballot clerk in Thomaston, part of the Election Day team at the American Legion Hall. It’s a post she has served in for 54 years.

During the afternoon, local legislators Rep. John Spear, D-South Thomaston, and Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, stopped by to present Pinkham with a Legislative Sentiment honoring her more than half a century of devotion to the election process in her town. Spear said it was only the second Sentiment he has sponsored, the first being on behalf of Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison.

Miramant read the official recognition and presented Pinkham with the framed Sentiment, as her daughter LuAnn Hyler and grandson Darren Hyler looked on proudly. Pinkham, known to many in town for years as the local Avon “lady,” also has another daughter and a son.

“She’s always smiling,” said Election Warden Mike Mayo, who asked why she comes back to the table year after year.

“Why, I love it! I hope to for many more years,” she replied.

However, when he asked if she were ready to get back to work, she declined.

“No, I’m going to vote,” she said, grabbing her cane in one hand and a ballot in the other.

Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, reads the text of the official recognition of Thomaston Ballot Clerk Muriel Pinkham, seated. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Applause is in order for Muriel Pinkham’s 54 years as a ballot clerk in Thomaston. From left are Rep. John Spear, D-South Thomaston; Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden; Pinkham, seated; her daughter LuAnn Hyler; and grandson Darren Hyler. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Having received her honor, Thomaston Ballot Clerk Muriel Pinkham heads for the voting booth before getting back to work. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Beverly St. Clair | Jun 14, 2018 19:47

I have always loved going to vote and seeing your familiar face Muriel.. Thank You

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 13, 2018 18:21

Kudos Muriel. I knew you would be the most famous lady in politics one day. Keep up the good work!

Enjoying the sunshine year round here in Arizona!  Miss Maine and all the beauty though!

Mary "Mickey" (Brown) Mckeever

Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Jun 13, 2018 11:15

Muriel Pinkham is the definition of First Class!  Congratulations Muriel!


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