Endorsements: Local Elected Officials

  • Chairperson Judith Alton Selectperson, Town of Hartland
  • Commissioner Jim Annis County Commissioner, Piscataquis County
  • Joan Archer Clerk, Town of Great Pond
  • Selectperson Meredith Ares Selectperson, Town of Searsport
  • Councilor John Arrison Councilor, Town of Belfast
  • Mayor Walter Ash Mayor, City of Belfast
  • Councilor Jonathan Ault Councilor, City of Gardiner
  • Selectperson Betty Austin Selectperson, Town of Skowhegan
  • Councilor Joe Baldacci Councilor, City of Bangor
  • Selectperson Douglas Baston Selectperson, Town of Alna
  • Selectperson John Bell Selectperson, Town of Waterford
  • Councilor Patricia Blanchette Former Councilor, City of Bangor
  • Commissioner Antonio Blasi Hancock County Commissioner, District 3
  • Councilor Anna Blodgett Augusta City Council; Former State Representative
  • Selectperson Bruce Bourgoine Selectperson, Town of Readfield
  • Selectperson Roger Bowen Selectperson, Town of Gouldsboro
  • The Honorable Michael Brennan Mayor of Portland; Former State Representative
  • The Honorable Beverly Bustin-Hatheway Kennebec County Register of Deeds, Former State Senator
  • Mayor Alan Casavant Mayor, City of Biddeford; Former State Representative 
  • Selectperson Steven Chapin Selectperson, Town of Liberty
  • Commissioner James Cloutier County Commissioner, Cumberland County; Former Councilor and Mayor, City of Portland

  • The Honorable Jim Cohen Former Mayor, City of Portland; Former Vice-Chair, Portland Charter Commission
  • Councilor Linda Conti Councilor, City of Augusta
  • Commissioner Charles Crosby County Commissioner, Sagadahoc County
  • Selectperson Phil Crossman Selectperson, Town of Vinalhaven

"Ranked Choice Voting — no matter how it may be characterized by its opponents — is simple. You mark your ballot ranking the candidates you like in order of preference. The counting process is straightforward too. It works just like a runoff election. The only difference is you don’t have to go back to the polls. It’s cost-effective, time-effective and precisely designed for multi-candidate races. That makes sense." - The Honorable Dennis Damon

  • The Honorable Dennis Damon Former County Commissioner, Hancock County; Former State Senator
  • Richard Davies County Treasurer, Kennebec County
  • Chairperson Paul Dudley Selectperson, Town of Easton
  • Councilor Nelson Durgin Councilor, City of Bangor
  • Mayor Sean Faircloth Mayor, City of Bangor
  • Commissioner Alfreda Fournier County Commissioner, Androscoggin County

  • Councilor Brad Fox City Councilor, Town of South Portland, Candidate for District 33
  • Selectperson Paul Frederic Selectperson, Town of Starks
  • Councilor Gary Friedmann Councilor, Town of Bar Harbor
  • Chairperson Charlie Galemmo Selectperson, Town of North Berwick

"After serious consideration, I believe that ranked choice voting is the most cost-effective solution to empower voters with real choice, ensure majority winners, end the question about spoilers, reduce negative advertising and increase civility between candidates." - The Honorable Larry Gilbert

  • The Honorable Larry Gilbert Former Mayor, City of Lewiston
  • Chairperson Arch Gillies Selectperson, Town of Nobleboro
  • Selectperson Lydia Goetze Selectperson, Town of Southwest Harbor 
  • Selectperson Richard Goodwin Selectperson, Town of Charleston
  • Councilor Geoffrey Gordon Councilor, Town of Orono
  • Councilor Jerry Goss Councilor, City of Brewer
  • Commissioner Carol Grose County Commissioner, Sagadahoc County
  • Renda Guild Clerk, Town of Livermore
  • Selectperson Terri-Lynn Hall Selectperson, Town of Charleston
  • Selectperson Elvin Hawes Selectperson, Town of Moscow
  • Selectperson Mary Ann Haxton Selectperson, Town of Sumner
  • Selectperson Jim Heard Selectperson, Town of Camden

“Ranked choice voting works just like actual runoffs without the cost and delay. It imposes no additional administrative or financial burdens on cities and towns. That’s good news for property taxpayers." - Selectperson Ernie Hilton

  • Selectperson Ernie Hilton Selectperson, Town of Starks
  • Councilor Jon Hinck Counciler, City of Portland; Former State Representative
  • Councilor Mike Hurley Councilor, Town of Belfast
  • Commissioner Betty Johnson County Commissioner, Waldo County
  • Councilor David Kee Councilor, Town of Bucksport
  • Councilor Edward Kitchel Councilor; Town of Falmouth

  • Selectperson Emily Lane Selectperson, Town of Vinalhaven
  • The Honorable Ken Lemont Candidate for County Commissioner, York County; Former State Representative; Former State Senator 
  • Selectperson Bud Lewis Selectperson, Town of Nobleboro
  • Senator Nate Libby State Senator; Former Representative, City of Lewiston
  • Selectperson Taylor Locke Selectperson, Town of Oakfield
  • Councilor Jim Lysen Councilor, City of Lewiston
  • Councilor Molly MacAuslan Councilor, Town of Cape Elizabeth; Candidate for State Senate
  • Commissioner Elaine Makas County Commissioner, Androscoggin County; Former State Representative
  • Maeghan Maloney District Attorney for Kennebec and Somerset County; Former State Representative 
  • Councilor Dennis Marble Councilor, City of Hampden
  • David Marshall Former Councilor, City of Portland
  • Edward Mazurek Former Mayor, Town of Rockland
  • Councilor David McAlpine Councilor, Town of Baileyville

"Your voice matters more with a ranked-choice ballot. You never have to vote for the “lesser of two evils” when there is another candidate you really like. You have the freedom to vote for the candidate you like best without feeling like your vote is “wasted,” and without helping to elect the candidate you like least." - Councilor Dale McCormick

  • Councilor Dale McCormick Councilor, City of Augusta; Former State Representative; Former State Treasurer (co-authored with the Honorable Les Fossel)
  • Councilor David McCrea Chair Council, Town of Fort Fairfield; Candidate for State Representative, District 148
  • Commissioner Gary McGrane County Commissioner, Franklin County, Candidate for County Commissioner District 1
  • Selectperson Dorothy Meriwether Selectperson, Town of South Thomaston
  • Commissioner Hamilton Meserve County Commissioner, Lincoln County

"Question 5 on the statewide ballot will ask voters to replace the current 'winner-take-all' system with a more equitable system of ranked choice voting for federal and state primary and general elections." - Councilor Bob Mills

  • Councilor Bob Mills Councilor, City of Biddeford
  • Chairperson Harald Moore Selectperson, Town of Jackman
  • Councilor Cecil Munson Councilor, City of Augusta
  • Selectperson John Murphy Selectperson, Town of Eliot
  • Selectperson Frank Ober Selectperson, Town of Whitefield
  • Selectperson Sandy Oliver Selectperson, Town of Islesboro
  • Councilor Patrick Paradis Augusta City Council; Candidate for County Commissioner District 1

"Picture yourself in the voting booth on Election Day. Think about how tired you are of nasty campaigns and how much you want to elect a leader the majority of voters support. When you get to the question about ranked-choice voting, do something good for yourself and your fellow Mainers. Vote 'yes' in support of ranked-choice voting this November, so we can have a better system." - Former Councilor Clare Payne

  • Clare Payne Former Councilor, Town of Holden
  • Councilor Joe Perry Councilor, City of Bangor; Former State Senator 
  • The Honorable Don Pilon Former Mayor, City of Saco
  • Councilor Josh Plourde Councilor, City of Bangor

"Overall, ranked-choice voting has been a good fit for Portland, and for the same reasons, it will be a good fit for Maine. So, if you yearn for greater civility and a retreat from extremism in our politics, please join us in November in voting 'yes' on Question 5." - Former Mayor Pamela Plumb

  • Pamela Plumb Former Mayor, City of Portland; Former Chair, Portland Charter Commission (co-authored with the Honorable Jim Cohen)
  • Representative Christine Powers State Representative
  • Councilor Belinda Ray Councilor, City of Portland
  • The Honorable John Richardson Former Councilor, Town of Brunswick; Former State Representative
  • Councilor Mark Robichaud Councilor, Town of Dexter

  • Mayor David Rollins Mayor, City of Augusta
  • Councilor Tom Roughan Councilor, City of Saco

"Ranked Choice Voting is the only way that you can really hear the voice of the majority without putting an undue burden on property taxpayers and local municipalities." - Councilor Bruce Roullard

  • Councilor Bruce Roullard Councilor, Town of Gorham
  • Selectperson Christine Sammons Selectperson, Town of Readfield
  • Councilor Eric Sanders Councilor, City of Belfast
  • Selectperson William Savedoff Selectperson, Town of Arrowsic
  • Selectperson Jim Schatz Selectperson, Town of Blue Hill; Former State Representative 
  • Selectperson Keith Scott Selectperson, Town of Charleston
  • Patricia Shearman Register of Deeds, Oxford County

"Ultimately, a ranked-choice voting system positively changes voting and candidate behavior. When voters feel as though they have more choice and candidates feel as though there is an incentive to talk about the issues as opposed to personal attacks, more Mainers will be encouraged and excited to participate in the democratic process." - Town Administrator Susan Shell

  • Susan Shell Town Administrator, Town of Montville
  • Commissioner Gary Sinden County Commissioner, York County
  • The Honorable Ben Sprague Councilor, City of Bangor

  • Councilor Marla Stelk Councilor, Town of Gorham
  • Selectperson Kelly Stewart Selectperson, Town of Sumner
  • Councilor Ed Suslovic Former State Representative; Counciler, City of Portland 
  • Chairperson Patricia Sutherland Selectperson, Town of Chapman
  • Selectperson Bruce Taylor Selectperson, Town of Sweden
  • Selectperson Stan Tetenman Selectperson, Town of Poland
  • Chairperson Jeffrey Thomson Councilor, Town of Kittery
  • Selectperson Bob Tibbetts Selectperson, Town of Waite

"We, as voters, have the power to change the way we elect our leaders. And if the mess in Augusta has taught us anything, it’s that change can’t come quickly enough. Ranked-choice voting is a better system, and I strongly urge voters to vote yes on Question 5 this November to adopt this reform for future elections." - Mayor Bev Uhlenhake

  • Mayor Bev Uhlenhake Mayor, City of Brewer
  • Selectperson Gregory Ward Selectperson, Town of Limestone
  • Selectperson Susan Watson Selectperson, Town of Garland
  • David Webb Former Councilor, Town of Brunswick
  • Councilor Kathy Wilson Councilor, Town of Brunswick