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UPDATES AND EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 5-14

Welcome to a week without Question 1 TV ads and mailings! Silence is truly golden.


ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

Turnout was strong! Kudos to the 52% of Harpswell residents who voted in a referendum election with no candidates on the ballot! We’d also like to recognize our young neighbors who registered to vote for the first time on Tuesday.


School Board Wins! We are celebrating Mike Timberlake and Amy Spelke of Topsham and Hutson Hayward of Bowdoinham, who won by very convincing margins and will join the MSAD75 School Board. Read more here. Kudos to the 4-Town Education Working Group and all the Indivisibles who helped to make this happen.


Maine House Victory! A bit further afield, congratulations to Raegan LaRochelle, who was elected to fill a Maine House seat in the Augusta area previously held by a Republican. Bravo!



EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR NOVEMBER 5-14

Thursday, November 11, 5:00 PM: LWVME, Portland Area Meeting and Post-Election Update. Evan Murray, LWVME’s Education and Engagement Projects Manager, will present on the League's exciting new efforts to engage young voters. November election results, the League’s ongoing series on the Wabanaki people, and upcoming book groups will also be discussed. Click here for more information and here for the zoom link.


MONTHLY HIGHLIGHT! Sunday, November 14, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM: Harpwell Indivisible’s Writing Workshop via Zoom. This is your opportunity to draft a letter to the editor (LTE) or letter/email to our elected officials about what’s on your mind. Connie Connor, our in-house expert, will field ideas, questions and help with editing. We have a very high success rate with many of your pieces from previous workshops being published. Need a topic? Look out for a suggested list of ideas next week. Questions or to RSVP, email us.


Signature Collection Continues for Our Power Petition Drive! If you missed the opportunity to sign on Election Day, please email Gina Garrison (Great Island), George Simonson (West Harpswell) or Jenny Zagariello (Orrs Island) to add your name. The petition “Act to Create the Pine Tree Power Company” aims to put the option of a consumer-owned, nonprofit utility company on next year’s ballot as a referendum question. If passed, Pine Tree Power Company would replace CMP.


Many thanks to Gina, George and Jenny for collecting almost 400 signatures already! Spread the word to other Harpswell voters and help us reach our next signature goal of 500!


KUDOS TO

Barbara Cray for her video of Reproductive Rights Rally, Brunswick, Oct. 2.


Connie Conner for her LTE in Portland Press Herald on Sen. Collins.


George Simonson for his Harpswell Anchor article on “Renewable Energy and You”. (See page 20 of the November issue.)

STAY HEALTHY AND WELL