OLD TOWN- It’s an election year, and the Republican candidates for different levels of office throughout the state are gearing for a strenuous election cycle.
Saturday, there were caucuses in various locations in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Somerset counties with different candidates showing up to talk to their constituents.
“We’re establishing our officer and official representative structure for the operation of our party functions. We’re also hearing from candidates and collecting signatures,” Penobscot County Commissioner Andre Cushing said.
“It’s just a fun day to get together with fellow Republicans and just get to talk to them about their issues and what they want from their senators,” said Kimberly Rosen, an incumbent state senator for Maine Senate District Eight.
The caucus happens every two years in Maine.
A Republican candidate at a Penobscot County caucus said the turn out was decent, but there was room for improvement.
“I would like to see even more people involved because this is part of our political process and if you go out and you get a man on the street and you ask ‘hey did you go to caucus today?’ how many people would really know what that is?” said Adrienne Bennett, a Republican candidate in the Maine 2nd Congressional District race.
Another candidate said the more people are aware of the caucus process and its role in the election process the better for everyone involved, voters and candidates alike.
“That’s how people get to know you. They get a feel on who you are personally. One-on-one really makes a difference,” said Dale Crafts, a Republican candidate in the Maine 2nd Congressional District race.
“You get to meet a lot of people, tell your story, why your running and let them see the passion that you have for doing this,” he said.