Waldo County Republicans opened their election headquarters Sept. 14 in the Wentworth Building at 147 Waldo Ave., with a "ribbon-pulling," remarks from candidates and a surprise appearance by Jan Dodge, the Democratic candidate for House District 97.

Lacking a pair of scissors for the official opening ceremony, Rep. MaryAnne Kinney of Knox, seeking re-election, and state Senate candidate Jayne Crosby Giles of Belfast pulled apart the crepe paper ribbons.

Some 40-plus people attended the event. They heard from Giles and Kinney (running to retain her House District 99 seat); Lee Jackson of Old Town, a member of U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's re-election campaign; and state Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn, who hopes to unseat Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King.

Waldo GOP Vice Chairman Adam Ratteree greeted Dodge, a friend from their church, who stopped by but did not formally address the group. Her Republican opponent, Bevelyn Beatty, recently announced her withdrawal from the race to represent Belfast, Northport and Waldo, but as of Sept. 18 had not officially notified the Secretary of State's Office.

Speaking with The Republican Journal at the event, Dodge said, "I don't know how people feel about this specific race, but given the situation, I thought they might like to know who I am and what I stand for.

"I may be representing everyone," she said, "and I think it's important for people to know me — and that I'm brave!" She added that it would be "an honor" to serve Waldo County in the State House, and "If the (Republican) party is not fielding a candidate, I want people to know that I will listen and be fair."

Ratterree, who emceed the event, recognized retiring Waldo County Treasurer David Parkman of Palermo, who acknowledged applause and said, "When it's time to go, it's time to go."