Busy listening to us

Who has more energy than the Energizer bunny? Jan Dodge does.

Rep. Jan Dodge is running for reelection to her third term in the Maine House representing District 39 (Belfast, Northport, and Belmont). In the 10 years I’ve known her, Jan has held leadership roles in many local organizations, like Waldo County TRIAD and Aging Well in Waldo County. I could tell right away that Jan is both a Thinker, and a Doer.

A “seat at the table” in the state Legislature was the next obvious path for Jan’s leadership and energy. I felt honored when she asked me to help with her campaign, driving her door-to-door to meet the voters and hear their concerns. Some candidates NEVER meet with their constituents, so I had to wonder: Did Jan not read the playbook on “How to be a politician?”

Jan threw that book out the window. We need leaders who are willing to study the issues, the proposed legislation, and listen to what “We The People” are thinking and worrying about.

Even after the elections, I would get messages from Jan asking me, “What about this, or that?” or “Does that make sense to you?”  Most so-called leaders send messages that either warn why you should NOT vote for that other candidate or they ask for money. Jan asked me for a $5 contribution to qualify for Clean Elections funding. Big corporations, landowners, power brokers are not beholden to Jan.

She is too busy listening to us.

Paul Sheridan


Ukrainian Relief Dinner & Auction

The Missions & Social Justice Team of The First Church in Belfast, UCC, wishes to express its gratitude for the wonderful community support for our recent spaghetti dinner and silent auction held to raise funds for Ukrainian war relief. The meal was well attended, and participants were very generous both with dinner donations and auction bids, with the event raising $2,075.

All of this amount will be sent to the UCC Ukraine Emergency Appeal fund. According to the UCC website, “Gifts made to UCC Ukraine Relief Fund will provide shelter, food, and other care to war refugees and internally displaced people. It also will help refugees and asylum seekers from African, Middle Eastern and other countries who had sought refugee (status) in Ukraine and now are twice displaced, as well as citizens of more than 125 other countries living in Ukraine.”

The First Church in Belfast, UCC, stands with those affected by the crisis in Ukraine and calls out for a swift end to the grief and destruction caused by this senseless war.

Judy Williams
Co-Chair, Missions & Social Justice Team
The First Church in Belfast