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BETHEL -- The Oxford County Democrats held their September 8 meeting at the Crescent Park School in Bethel beginning with a potluck supper and social time. Cathy Newell, Chair of the Committee, welcomed attendees from Rumford, Mexico, Dixfield, Bethel, Greenwood, Norway, Paris, Woodstock and Oxford.
Roy Gedat presented an update on the treasury reporting that the annual barbeue held at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center was a tremendous success, exceeding its goal both in terms of attendance and fundraising. The event featured remarks by Congressman Mike Michaud, and several of the Congressional contenders, Emily Cain, Joe Baldacci, and John Patrick, speaking for candidate Troy Jackson. Gedat reported that the Annual Fund appeal also met its goal in the spring.
The Committee was active throughout the summer with parade presence and booths at West Paris Old Home Days, Hiram and Rumford on July 4th, Bethel's Mollyockett Day, Lovell Old Home Days, Andover Old Home Days and the Dixfield Outdoor Market.
Planned participation in the Buckfield Community Day was rained out. More than twenty-five Oxford County Democrats attended the Michaud for Governor Announcement event in Lewiston.
The Democratic State Convention will be held on May 30-31, 2014. The following slots on the Convention Committees were filled by the Oxford County Committee: Permanent Organization: Eileen Broderick of Bethel; Credentials: India Baker of Bethel and Platform: Jimmy McHugh of Mexico; Barbara Arsenault of Rumford, Larry Engdahl of Bethel.
The following regional point people have been named to secure caucus convenors for the various towns in their regions, work on regional caucus locations if that is the desire of the local towns, and serve as contact people for the Michaud campaign, U.S. Senate and CD 2 campaigns: River Valley; John Patrick, Barbara Arsenault, Jimmy McHugh: Oxford Hills; Roy Gedat and others to be recruited: Southern Oxford; Cathy Newell and others to be recruited: Bethel Area; Mike Broderick: Buckfield Area; To be recruited.
Colin O'Neill volunteered to take on the webmaster duties for the redesigned web site.
Events throughout the county were discussed with the Fryeburg Fair being the major project in the next month. Events will be listed on the Facebook page for the Oxford County ME Democrats. Staffing for the Fryeburg Fair booth is underway, and parade participants are also being sought. Contact Cathy Newell at email@example.com or 875-2116.
The next meeting will be held in combination with an event in Southern Oxford County in mid to late October.