Former Representative Elaine Makas has been appointed to fill the seat of former Androscoggin County Commissioner Helen Poulin, who moved out of her district in August. Makas received 66.2% of votes cast at a recent caucus of the Lewiston City Democratic Committee.
Makas is social and behavioral sciences professor at the L-A campus of USM and represented Lewiston in the state House before running, unsuccessfully, for a state Senate seat earlier this year. She is a strong, progressive Democrat, is friends with that guy from Sha Na Na and hosts a show on recycling on local access TV.
Poulin is still refusing to acknowledge that she no longer holds the seat, which may lead to a very awkward county commission meeting in the near future.
The Lewiston Sun Journal reports that leaders in both the Democratic and Republican parties in Androscoggin County agree that Democrat Helen Poulin, who represents Lewiston on the County Commissioner, should not be permitted to maintain her seat after her recent move to Auburn.
Both county chairmen are now calling for her resignation, but Poulin is refusing to step down, claiming ambiguity in the law.
The law is pretty straightforward:
Elections Director Packard said she, too, was surprised by the question. The law seems fairly clear, she said.
"Members of each board of commissioners must be residents of the commissioner districts which they represent and shall be elected by the voters of that district," reads Maine law.