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Some folks out there know I have managed a couple state Senate campaigns over the past few years, so I follow state politics pretty closely. If you are a political junkie like me, you will enjoy some local political developments.

As a result of the 2020 Census, Maine officials have redrawn the state House, state Senate, and U.S congressional districts. Freedom remains on the extreme edge of the 2nd U.S Congressional District (currently represented by Democrat Jared Golden, which roughly comprises the upper 80% of Maine), and remains in a state Senate district composed of all Waldo County’s towns (currently represented by Democrat Glenn Curry). However, Freedom faces an unexpected redistricting on the state House level.

According to “compromise” maps that have been endorsed by the Maine Apportionment Commission, Freedom (population 711) is being taken out of the 99th state House district, which comprises all of Waldo County’s western towns (currently represented by Republican MaryAnne Kinney), and will now be a part of a state House district that includes Unity (2,127), Albion (2,217), and portions of Winslow (about 2,000). This new district will be numbered 63, and will be in effect for the next 10 years. I do not know the reasoning behind this shift, but I bet it has something to do with the fact that the Apportionment Commission had to get creative — because of population shifts — with drawing boundaries in and around Kennebec County.

This redistricting means that Freedom’s new representative, first up for election in 2022, will have to come from one of those four towns. In other words, if term-limited Maryanne Kinney, from Knox, were running again she would not be on Freedom’s ballot for state representative. It also means Freedom will be the smallest town in its state House district. I don’t think it’s fair to draw too many conclusions from this trivial factoid, but I will say as a political fact that the smallest town in the district doesn’t hold the same clout as the largest town.

Greater detail and maps can be found at the Maine Apportionment Commission website: http://legislature.maine.gov/apportionment/available-maps-92121/11528.

OK, boring statistical stuff over. Freedom’s Edge had its tasting room grand opening Friday, Oct. 1, and now will be open every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.