2018-03-09 / Letters

It’s political caucus time again in Maine

To the editor:

Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday we were caucusing for who we would vote for to be our next president. Now it is time again, only this time it is for everyone but president. The primary elections on June 12 will determine who we vote for in the general election in November. Here in Maine we get to decide among a very large field of candidates for governor. The field as of Feb. 7, according to published reports, was at that time 24 people: five Republicans, 13 Democrats, one Green and five unenrolled Independents. Does the phrase “herding cats” just shout out to you? As of this date only a few of these people have actually submitted their signatures in order to have their name even on the primary ballot. So …

What is a caucus? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a caucus is a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction. Their reason for meeting is to select candidates or decide a policy. The city clerk will have a representative available to register people for the party of their choice. Therefore you can come and register and then attend the caucus to pick members to attend the state convention. The Maine Republican Party is having its convention in Augusta in May. Additionally, the local Republican and Democrats, when and if they hold their caucus, will be trying to drum up local support and membership. There will be absolutely no arm twisting or pressuring to join up or otherwise participate. There will be a straw poll taken to gauge for how the people feels as far as gubernatorial candidates go.

Local Republicans will meet on March 10 at the South Portland Community Center. Registration with the city clerk or her representative will begin at 8 a.m. The caucus will begin at 9 a.m. Come and listen to and meet some of the Republican candidates.

Michael R. Pock, treasurer South Portland Republicans

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