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For Immediate Release
September 12, 2003
Contact: Chip Gavin
207-626-8408

Winner announced for 2003 statewide election award
Secretary of State Gwadosky honors Sanford Registrar or Voters

NEWRY - Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky has named Gilles Auger of Sanford as the 2003 recipient of the 10th annual Lorraine M. Fleury award for an outstanding contribution to the election process in Maine.

"Gil Auger is simply a terrific recipient," said Secretary Gwadosky. "He has been the public face of the election process in many ways in Sanford. He also has worked tirelessly behind the scenes on election administration and, importantly, he has encouraged young people to participate in their democracy, personally registering more than 2,000 young people to vote."

Auger received the surprise award before more than 250 municipal and state elections officials on Thursday evening at the Secretary of State's annual Elections Conference, a two-day training for municipal election administrators being held this September 11-12 in Newry.

Auger is the Registrar of Voters in Sanford and was nominated for the award by Claire E. Morrison, the community's Clerk, and by Susan H. Cote, Deputy Clerk. "We have not known a man so dedicated to the election process as Gilles E. Auger of Sanford, Maine," said Morrison and Cote in their nomination. "Mr. Auger has done so much both as a municipal official and a citizen."

Auger was appointed to Sanford's former Board of Registration in 1974 and made chair in 1978. He became Registrar of Voters in 1981, a position he still holds. He has served as Town Meeting Moderator for 20 years (1970-1979, 1994-2003) and will be the last elected to that post in Sanford, as the town will have a new charter January 1.

Voter education and outreach with young people also has been important to Auger's work. So far, he personally has registered more than 2,000 high school students to vote during his career and has volunteered as an instructor at Dirigo Boys State with his sons Paul and Peter.

Behind the scenes, Auger worked countless hours integrating Sanford's voting list with the town's new E-911 system and has helped implement three different reapportionment projects.

The Lorraine M. Fleury award, awarded annually since 1994, is named for Maine's former state director of elections. The previous winners of the award are Gerry Berube, Brenda Caldwell, Linda Cohen, Ethelyn Marthia, Deborah Cabana, Kathleen Montejo, Debra Lane, Sally Bryant and Rhonda Stark.