Letters to the Editor

Endorsing Jan Dodge

Jennifer Hill's letter to the editor October 19, 2020

Linda Garson Smith's Letter to the editor 10/18/2020 

Bob Brown's letter to the editor  10/12/2020 


Margaret Campbell's Letter to the editor, 09/23/2020


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

Reelect Dodge

Letter to the editor Republican Journal October 22, 2020

While the national insanity rises to a feverish pitch, we have a woman representing Belfast, Waldo and Northport in Augusta who has been serving us steadily with distinction: State Rep. Jan Dodge of Belfast.


We are so lucky to have Jan in our corner. Her energy and her conviction in causes that affect the biggest needs and smallest pocketbooks in the county reflect her belief in a government that discards no one and looks away from no problem, no matter how difficult.

I have experienced firsthand her commitment to universal health care through our work with Maine AllCare. She brought the perspective of a sitting legislator to the group. Who, working in Augusta so many hours, would take the time to haul herself over to the Belfast Library every month for a meeting? Jan Dodge.


Her work with From Above is hands-on, as she helped organize the large group of dedicated people addressing homelessness in Waldo County.

Jan was one of the original organizers of Aging Well in Waldo County, which is where we met. Her energetic voice and steady hand had much to do with the group’s success.


Join me in rewarding good behavior in our civic leadership. Re-elect Jan Dodge as our representative in Augusta.

Jennifer Hill




Jan Dodge is for us


J. Michael Lawson

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 11:30pm 


We are all getting tired of the large amount of written, viewed and audible noise surrounding the upcoming election.  In truth, I hesitate to add my words.  I hope my letter of support for Jan Dodge is as positive and as unbiased as is the candidate.

Jan has spent her first term in the house trying her best to be a servant, not a ruler.  She has added her voice to bipartisan bills to support the Downeast Correctional Facility, to add to the Maine Learning Results and to fund municipal broadband access.


Of  course she supports bills sponsored by many colleagues of her own party,  Which legislator does not?  But rather than list all the bills which Jan worked to pass, I will focus on the three which she fostered as a freshman legislator and then add generalizations.  She supported anti-food shaming, worked to allow active teachers to sit on the State Board of Education and worked on a resolve to study the use of adjunct professors in the college system.  Jan used her insights as a former educator to pass bills.  Not everyone knows everything about everything, not even a representative.


Most important to me is that when I scan the list of bills which Jan co-sponsored, two observations are clear:  1.  Jan supported bills sponsored by Independents and Republicans.  2. The words add, allow, strengthen, support, expand, aid, and protect occur over and over. So many of our current politician are now engaged in the practice of remove, suspend, tear down and eliminate.  It is easy to destroy, harder to build up. 

I am reminded of a character in South Pacific, Emile DeBeck.  When asked for his aid in targeting enemy planes and boats in the Pacific, He says, “I know what you are against.  What are you for?” 


Jan, in her first term, has been for education, the disabled, the workforce, those in corrections, the aging, and minors.

I know what many in government are against. Read any headline or watch any news show.  I also know who Jan Dodge is for. She is for us.


J. Michael Lawson lives in Belfast

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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