I encourage all registered Democrats to attend your local caucus on Sunday, March 4. I do not want another eight years of LePage-style politics in our state. And after the last election, I am very concerned that this could happen. We have many capable gubernatorial candidates: establishment insiders, outsiders, and in-betweeners. But we have to be sure to back the right one in June and stand behind that candidate no matter what come November.

And when we get that Democrat in the governor’s office, we must surround that person with legislators that will help carry out the progressive policy changes that we need to get back to a safe, healthy, educated, thriving, proud Maine.

The first step is to go to your town’s Democratic caucus on March 4. We won’t be voting on candidates on this day, but we will get to meet many of them, and we’ll get to meet and share with our neighbors. We’ll also get to learn from our local party leaders about how we will stand up and fight for what and who we want to see in Augusta for the coming terms. And if you want to become more involved, the local party committees will welcome you with open arms and put you to work.

I just want to see us get as passionate about this year’s race as we were during the 2016 presidential election. But now it’s hitting closer to home. Our home. Maine needs this to be done. Maine needs you to care.

Autumn Mahoney

Bremen