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Hope Maine 2020
  • Published
    March 23, 2021

    Attorney General's Office finds no basis for investigation in Hope

    The Maine Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday, March 23 that it will not initiate an investigation into the July 14, 2020, election in Hope. Marc Malon, legislative and press liaison for the Office of the Attorney General, said in an email: "Our office sent the following message to the complainant, the town manager, and the Chair of the Selectboard today: We have finished our review of the matters ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2021

    Powers, Brown run for Select Board

    Four people have taken out nomination papers to seek election to the Hope Select Board and two have returned them to become official candidates. Vice Chair Brian Powers Jr. is seeking reelection to the three-year term on the board. He has taken out nomination papers to run in the June 8 election. Mike Brown has taken out nomination papers for Select Board. He has taken papers out to seek both a three-year term in ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2021

    Hope fails to provide public documents under Freedom of Access Act request

    As of Monday, March 22, Town of Hope Select Board Chair Sarah Ann Smith and Town Administrator Samantha Mank did not provide public documents requested by The Camden Herald on March 5. In addition, the town government has not released a copy of the proposed town budget to the newspaper, and members of the town Budget Committee complained last week they had not received the full budget information and had not had ...

  • Published
    March 11, 2021

    Attorney General should investigate Hope election

    The Attorney General's Office should launch a full investigation into the July 14, 2020, election in Hope. For seven months, the Select Board and Town Administrator have faced questions about this town meeting election and its results. Why were different numbers of ballots cast for various questions on the same town meeting warrant? Why did the former registrar of voters raise concerns about the way this election ...

  • Published
    March 10, 2021

    Hope Chair declares matter closed on election questions

    Select Board Chair Sarah Ann Smith said March 9 that the board is leaving the election of July 2020 behind, arguing reasonable people move on. The statement comes after the town received an email from the Maine Attorney General's Office March 5, requesting the ballots from the July 14 election be preserved rather than destroyed as planned as the office decides whether to investigate further. Asked about this at ...

  • Published
    March 9, 2021

    UPDATED: Crabtree and Pelletier take out papers for Select Board in Hope

    Richard Crabtree has taken out nomination papers to run for the Select Board in the April 27 special election. Crabtree seeks a two-year term. He has previously served on the Select Board and represented the area in Maine's State House as a Republican. Retired, he had a career in finance, including serving as a vice president at CMP and working in the fiber optics industry. Wendy Pelletier, also a Republican and ...

  • Published
    March 7, 2021

    UPDATED: Videos and documents from the Hope Ballot Box opening March 4

    Hope leaders and residents gathered at the Town Office March 4 to open the ballot box from the July 14 election and remove ballots to later be destroyed and remove tally sheets so that copies of the sheets could be made to be reviewed and saved separately. Included below are links to pdfs of the tally sheets and documents from the box that were given to The Camden Herald following this event March 4. UPDATED: Two ...

  • Published
    March 6, 2021

    Attorney General’s Office requests that ballots be preserved in Hope

    The Chief of Investigations for the Maine Office of the Attorney General sent an email to Town Administrator Samantha Mank Friday, March 5 requesting that the ballots from the municipal election of July 14, 2020, be preserved. “It is our understanding that these ballots are scheduled for destruction on March 9, 2020 (sic),” Chief of Investigations Brian MacMaster said in the email. “We have a complaint concerning ...

  • Published
    March 5, 2021

    UPDATED: Box ballots too few to match election results

    For months residents and town leaders have debated the outcome of the July 14 election and pondered what information the sealed box of ballots might contain. The famous box was finally opened Thursday, March 4, at the Hope Town Office, but the contents may raise more questions than answers. About 15 residents gathered to watch Interim Town Clerk David Herrick and incoming Town Clerk Robert Menas open the box ...

  • Published
    March 4, 2021

    UPDATED: Resigning select board member cites town difficulties

    “Consider this my resignation from the Hope Select Board and affiliated committees effective February 26, 2021, at 6 pm.,” Thomas Ingraham wrote. “I am proud of the work that I have done on the Hope School Committee, the Pre-K Committee and the Hope Solar and Broadband Committees. I thank the many town residents who supported my election. “Over the course of my lifetime I do not recall ever withdrawing from any ...

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