September 23, 2019
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Maine Democratic chair, vice chair won’t seek new terms

Courtesy of the Maine Democratic Party
Courtesy of the Maine Democratic Party
Phil Bartlett of Gorham and Peggy Schaffer of Vassalboro were elected chair and vice chair of the Maine Democratic Party, respectively

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett and Vice Chairwoman Peggy Schaffer won’t be seeking re-election to their posts.

Bartlett and Schaffer, who announced their decisions Sunday, are going out on a high note.

Democrat Janet Mills won the gubernatorial race, Democrat Jared Golden flipped a GOP congressional seat thanks to ranked-choice voting, and Democrats also took control of the Maine Senate, giving them control of both legislative chambers.

Bartlett said he’s happy with the accomplishments and “confident I am leaving the party stronger than I found it.” For her part, Schaffer said she’ll remain involved in party politics, “but in a different way,” after four years of service.

The Maine Democratic State Committee will elect new leadership at their January meeting.


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