Letters to the Editor

Endorsing Jan Dodge

Marshall Rolerson and Janis Hogan had their letters published on July 30, 2020 in Village Soup


Letters from David Smith of Belfast, Deborah Nowers of Belfast, and Martha Brown of Belfast were published August 13, 2020 in Village Soup

Dodge Deserves Your Vote—

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:43 AM

I want to encourage every voter in House District 97 (Belfast, Northport and Waldo) to cast your vote to re-elect Jan Dodge as state representative.

Jan is well suited to serve on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, as she is a longtime, well-respected educator. She has worked tirelessly for our communities and as a freshman representative worked to pass several important bills including LD 167 — against food shaming in Maine schools. This bill was important for the physical and emotional health of the students of Maine, so that every child, regardless of ability to pay, would not be denied or shamed in getting breakfast or lunch at school. As a school nurse, I am grateful for her action on this issue.

Her voting record supports our community, the health of our citizens and our planet. The Maine Education Association and the Maine AFL-CIO both endorse her re-election. And so do I!

Janis Hogan, RN, Belfast


Please vote for Janice Dodge


Dean Anderson 

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 12:30pm


There is no doubt in my mind that Janice Dodge should be the person representing me and my community.. She is the current Representative for House District #97 Belfast, Northport, and Waldo. As a new legislator, she helped pass: 

LD 167 - Anti Food Shaming in Maine Schools

LD 176 - Act to Allow an Active Teacher to sit on the State Board of Education

LD 1878 - Resolve to study the use of Adjunct Professors in the College System

LD 414 - An Act to Provide Intensive Case Manager for each county to use in a jail or reentry center was pending when the session ended in March.


Janice cosponsored many other bills during the almost two years she has served the State representing us and our needs. Janice grew up in Belfast and returned to the place that she loves after her retirement as a Music Teacher in the public schools. Rather than take a few years off, relax, travel, visit family and friends, Janice listened to friends and family and her heart to “get involved” with changing and improving policies that matter to her, Education, Health Care, Employment Opportunities, Justice, and Infrastructure. 


Working in a school system in Hancock County brought Janice into contact with folks from different backgrounds and means. She would expect the state and local communities to provide an up to date education to all living in the State of Maine. After all, she taught for thirty years in the Flanders Bay Community School District - Sullivan, Franklin, Sorrento, Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro and Steuben to provide exciting, challenging, stimulating, and caring music education to her students. 


  • Janice is a member of the Municipal, Coastal/Climate, Aging, and Young People’s caucuses. 

  • Lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, former Choir and worship team member

  • Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce - Volunteer Cruise Ship Greeter

  • From Above - Homeless Advocacy through the UUChurch of Belfast

  • Waldo County Education Association Retired - Former President

  • Maine Education Association 

  • Aging Well in Waldo County


As you can see, Janice Dodge has stayed connected to her community by actively working with local and state organizations.


Please vote for Janice Dodge, House Representative District 97, this November. 


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