Evangelos certified as Clean Election candidate

Mar 24, 2014
Jeff Evangelos

On Thursday, March 21, Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, the independent from Friendship, was certified by the Maine Commission on Government Ethics as a Clean Election candidate.

Evangelos is one of the first candidates in the state to receive this early approval for his upcoming election for the Maine House in District 91, which includes the towns of Waldoboro, Friendship, Washington, and west Union.

The new district was configured as part of the Constitutionally mandated re-districting process.

"I'm pleased to receive this news and gratified that I can participate in the Clean Election program, and wanted to thank all those who donated $5 to the Clean Elections Fund on my behalf. While the program does limit what a candidate can spend, it's in line with my efforts in sponsoring resolutions in Augusta to repeal the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision which allowed for unlimited political spending by corporations and unions. Money is ruining our democracy so participating in the Clean Election limits sends an important message to voters," Evangelos said in a news release.

Evangelos has a long history of public service in Waldoboro, Friendship, Washington and Union. He also served as town manager of Warren before he became SAD 40's Business Administrator for 15 years, a period of balanced budgets and good governance the school system enjoyed under the leadership of David Gaul, Ronald Dolloff, and Evangelos. During his tenure with SAD 40, Evangelos oversaw the school construction projects at the Miller School in Waldoboro, Prescott School addition in Washington, Union School, and the Friendship School addition.

"I still remember how happy the parents and children were to finally have their own gymnasiums," Evangelos said.

He is particularly proud of the leadership role he played at SAD 40 in securing improved pay and health benefits for nearly 200 employees at SAD 40.

"When the school board accepted my proposal to raise the income and provide health insurance benefits to the districts bus drivers, cooks and helpers, custodians, secretaries, teacher aides, and clerical workers, morale in the district soared. We had a good run while I served as SAD 40's business administrator. The lives of 200 people were greatly improved, it was highly gratifying. When I left SAD 40 to start a private business in Waldoboro, on my last day these same employees presented me with a gift, a drawing by Shirley McLaren of Waldoboro. It was a drawing of Robin Hood coming to their rescue. It's hard to forget something like that," he said.

Evangelos serves on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and the Ethics Committee. He has scored a 100 percent attendance record in his Legislative duties, missing no sessions or committee meetings. He has sponsored or co-sponsored several bills to help the lobster and shellfish industries, as well as a variety of causes to protect civil liberties and Second Amendment rights. He is a co-sponsor of the ocean acidification study bill and is also a co-sponsor of the cold case homicide investigation effort, a bill he considers extremely important.

"With the scientific advances and DNA technology, there's no question we can solve some of these tragic cases and help these families find some closure amidst the tragedy."

Evangelos also co-sponsored the Medicaid Expansion bill and voted to support the compromise managed Care bill, LD 1487.

Evangelos has hosted a variety of community members, student pages, and classroom field trips during his service in Augusta. He arranged for The Rev. Andrew Stinson of the Second Congregational Church in Warren to give the daily House prayer and recently hosted the Medomak Valley High School Chorus to sing the National Anthem for the House of Representatives.

"I really enjoy hosting members of the community in Augusta, giving them a tour of the Statehouse, which I remind them is their House. The students get a lot out of the experience. I like to hold a news conference with the kids when they come up. As you can imagine, you get some pretty interesting questions and its very rewarding."

As a member of the Clean Election system, Evangelos is not allowed to accept financial contributions. For assistance or to know more about Evangelos, he can be contacted at 832-7378, 287-1400, or emails repjeff.evangelos@legislature.maine.gov or caa04@roadrunner.com.

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