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Evangelos and Pluecker seek re-election

By Stephen Betts | Jan 10, 2020
Jeffrey Evangelos

Augusta — Two independents from Knox County have filed their intentions to seek re-election to the Maine House.

Reps. Jeffrey Evangelos of Friendship and William Pluecker of Warren registered this week with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

Evangelos represents Maine House District 91 which covers Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and part of Union.

He serves on the Judiciary and State and Local Government committees of the Maine Legislature.

Evangelos served two prior terms in the House -- being elected in 2012 and 2014 -- but did not seek re-election in 2016.

Evangelos issued a statement, saying that the current legislative session will continue to focus on finding ways and money to improve our roads and bridges, health care, and vastly expanding broadband access across our rural areas.

"I view broadband expansion much like President Franklin Roosevelt approached rural electrification in the 1930s-no winners and losers, everyone should be getting the same rights and service," Evangelos said.

Evangelos stated that "the Legislature is facing four historic challenges, all of which are being heard in the Judiciary Committee where I serve: the Equal Rights Amendment for Women, Native American sovereignty for our four tribes, reform of the indigent legal defense system guaranteeing that everyone receives a fair trial regardless of their means, and post-conviction reform which will provide a fairer pathway for exonerating the innocent. All four are historic issues. Seriously folks, here we are in 2020 still arguing about equal rights for women and our tribal bothers and sisters. These reforms are long overdue".

He also pointed out that a variety of high octane issues will also permeate the state's politics this year inside and outside the legislature.

"First, we must act to protect the lobster industry from unreasonable regulations, as that industry is the engine of our local economy. Second, I will continue to fight against Central Maine Power and their corrupt billing system that has victimized thousands of Mainers. I am also going to vote against the power corridor in western Maine. The people in those small towns don't want it, they've voted against it locally, and  democracy must rule. I expect the power line will go down to a resounding defeat at referendum."

Pluecker represents Maine House District 95 which represents Warren, Appleton, Hope, and part of Union.

He serves on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee of the Legislature.

Pluecker is serving his first two-year term in the House.

No other candidates have filed for the two seats.

Party candidates have until March 16 to file nomination papers with the Maine Secretary of State to formally be on the June 9 primary ballot. Un-enrolled candidates – also referred to as independents – have until June 1 to file nomination papers to get on the November general election ballot.

The winners of the party primaries and un-enrolled candidates will face off on the general election Nov. 3.

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