The Maine State House towers over a fog bank rising from the Kennebec River on a chilly morning, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Augusta, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Our democracy is founded in the grassroots efforts of individuals. The citizens of Belfast, Northport, and Waldo sent a novice to the state Legislature in 2018. Since that date, Rep. Jan Dodge has served two terms representing House District 97. She is seeking a third term in the Legislature representing the newly formed House District 39 (Belfast, Northport, and Belmont). Dodge has proven to be a valued member of the Maine Legislature and a spokesperson for the people – the grassroots. Dodge wasted no time joining in by submitting bills and championing others.

As an educator, Dodge not only imparted knowledge – she listened. She does that today – she listens to the people as she goes about the district, gathers information and assesses needs at the source, formulates a plan, and then she acts. Her concerns and those of the people she represents run the gamut –  education, aging, welfare, taxation, and the environment. Give her a platform, an occasion to listen, to learn, and to speak – Dodge is there!

Dodge’s ever-present smile and joyous demeanor should not belie the seriousness with which she takes to her elected office. My vote is not given lightly. My vote will be given to Jan Dodge for House District 39. Others should please join me in casting their vote on Nov. 8 and re-electing Rep. Jan Dodge.

Reeves Gilmore