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  • Maine Democratic Party brings local elected officials together to build stronger communities statewide

    Senate Leader Justin Alfond convened a panel entitled: Ensuring Children Don’t Go Hungry to discuss resources for combating food insecurity. Issues of where Maine could grow jobs-like in the energy sector- also had panel discussions, and trainings took place. 

    By Ramona du Houx

    On September 19th the Maine Democratic Party (MDP) hosted its first-ever Municipal Leaders Conference at the Buker Community Center in Augusta. The day-long conference brought together Democratic local, town and county officials and state lawmakers for a series of trainings, workshops and panel discussions. 

    “Our conference was a great way to connect local municipal leaders from across the state,” said MDP Chairman Phil Bartlett. “Our Party is dedicated to supporting Democrats at every level of government and we believe this training offers new resources and tools for our elected officials. Our work today will help organize and train the next wave of Democratic leaders and help us build strong and vibrant communities statewide.”

    Local leaders were joined by Democratic Party leaders, experts and educators to discuss the unique opportunities and challenges Maine municipal leaders face within their districts.

    Educational presentations ranged from revitalizing town centers and Main Streets to working together for stronger schools and communities. Democratic Senate Leader Justin Alfond convened a panel entitled: Ensuring Children Don’t Go Hungry to discuss resources for combating food insecurity and Rob Ellis of Revision Energy presented at the ‘Energy Efficiency and Sustainability’ panel on ways that towns can integrate alternative energy resources.

    "As a Lewiston City Council member, I often hear from concerned parents about the need for stronger public schools. It was great to attend a workshop on how school committees and council members can work together to achieve that goal," said Kristen Cloutier, who represents Ward 5 on the Lewiston City Council. "Overall, this conference was a great way to bring municipal officials together to address the important issues impacting our communities."

    MDP Chairman Bartlett convened a panel discussion called: Conversation with the Stakeholders, about the importance of championing progressive values on the local level. Participants included Bangor City Councilor Ben Sprague, Maeghan Maloney, District Attorney of Kennebec and Somerset Counties, and State Rep. Matt Moonen of Portland.

    Bartlett served in the Maine State Senate and brought his valuable experiences to the discussion.

    Nearly 50 elected officials and speakers participated in the MDP’s first-ever Municipal Leaders Conference, which was free and open to all Democratic municipal leaders in Maine.