Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 15, 2014
Chapman running for reelection to Legislature
State Representative Ralph Chapman (D-Brooksville) has announced his candidacy for reelection to the Legislature, having qualified as a Clean Election candidate under Maine’s Clean Election Act. He has represented area citizens for the past two terms (four years).
Because of the once-per-decade redistricting, he is now a candidate for new House District 133 (Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Sedgwick, and Surry). He faces a challenger in the Democratic Primary election on June 10, the winner of which will be on the ballot for the November General Election.
Maine’s Clean Election Act allows candidates who forego private donations to receive a limited amount of public funding for their campaigns. “The advantages of the Clean Election system include enabling candidates of modest means to run, and allowing candidates to avoid both the reality, and appearance, of being beholden to campaign donors,” Chapman said in his statement. In addition to being a Clean Election candidate, he supports, and has signed, the Maine Code of Fair Campaign Practices.