Spotlight on the Maine House Green Independent Minority Office
Zoom webinar hosted by the Maine House Green Independents and the Maine Green Independent Party
July 21, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET
This webinar will feature presentations by three former Maine state representatives who served in the House Green Independent minority caucus. Three Maine Legislatures, the 121st, 122nd and 128th sessions, have had a Green Independent minority office.
Rep. John Eder (G--Portland) was the first Green elected to a state legislature in a general election. Eder was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2004.
As the first Green in Maine's Legislature, Eder set the precedent for a House Green Independent minority office.
in 2017, Rep. Ralph Chapman (G--Brooksville) and Rep. Henry Bear (G--Houlton Band of Maliseet Tribe) both changed their enrollment to Green Independent, therefore reopening a Green Independent minority office in the State House.
With a minority office, representatives are allowed to hire their own designated partisan staff. Benjamin Meiklejohn was hired in 2018 as the legislative aide for the minority office of the 128th session of the Maine Legislature.
This webinar will serve as a resource for Green candidates in Maine and nationally, regarding how to interact and do business in a governing body through the lens of an alternative party minority office, including both the benefits and challenges that come with it, and how conducting business is different from a Democratic or Republican majority or minority office.
There will be an opportunity for Maine candidates for the Legislature to ask questions of the former representatives, as well as a Q&A session for any participants to ask questions of the panelists.
When: July 21, 2020 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: SPOTLIGHT: Maine House Green Independent Minority Office
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The 2020 Maine Green Independent Party nominees for State House of Representatives include:
House District 22 -- Michael Barden -- Limington and parts of Buxton, Limerick and Standish.
House District 42 -- Carolyn Silvius -- part of Portland.
House District 49 -- Fred Horch -- part of Brunswick
House District 135 -- Benjamin Meiklejohn -- Bar Harbor, Lamoine, Mount Desert