Elaine Makas Chosen as County Commissioner

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.