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Waldo GOP elects new officers

Jan 11, 2021

Freedom — Katrina Smith of Palermo, who ran unsuccessfully for the state House of Representatives in November, was elected chairman of the Waldo County Republican Committee Jan. 9 during a meeting at Freedom Congregational Church.

Smith, a real estate broker, small business owner and real estate investor, lost to incumbent Democratic Rep. Stanley Paige Zeigler by just 73 votes in a recount.

Kristi Philbrook of Belfast, a lifelong Waldo County resident, was elected vice chairman. She and husband Alva own a drywall business in Belfast, and she has been a GOP headquarters volunteer for 20 years.

Stephanie Hinckley of Waldo was reelected treasurer. Formerly from Massachusetts, she has lived in Maine since 2004. Hinckley has 20-plus years of experience in the transportation as a logistics manager and finance manager, and is also a freelance inspector and appraiser. She has served as county treasurer for the past two years.

Evelyn Littlefield of Belfast, elected secretary, has been a Republican since she joined a teen group at Searsport District High School in the 1970s. A self-employed cosmetologist for 37 years, she now works part-time for Belfast United Methodist Church as coordinator of Lay Ministries. Littlefield served last fall as office manager of the Waldo GOP headquarters in Belfast.

Gerry Knight of Lincolnville was elected finance chairman. Born and raised in Hartland, Gerry served in the U.S. Navy, oversaw high-tech operations as a manufacturing engineer supervisor and has worked at Bank of America since 2006 in global wealth and lending as well as in suspicious activity review. He is an active Freemason, Knight Templar and Shriner and assists them in their many fundraising efforts.


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