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Statement of the Governor Regarding Mason Appointment Withdrawal
February 24, 2016
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today released a statement regarding the withdrawal of Major Ken Mason to serve as the new Kennebec County Sheriff:
“Kennebec County Democratic Committee members ought to be ashamed and embarrassed by their political trickery and failure to do their job for the Maine people. Their neglect of the law places a well-qualified democrat candidate in a very difficult situation,” said Governor LePage.
“I respect Major Mason’s decision and wish him best throughout the electoral process as an Independent,” said Governor LePage. Maine statute requires more than one qualified individual be submitted for a vacancy such as this. The Democratic Committee, however, continues to withhold names from the nomination process, only submitting interim Sheriff Ryan Reardon’s name in October 2015. Their actions continue to fly in the face of the advice of Attorney General Janet Mills and the Maine Constitution.