Maine's next primary is Tuesday, July 14th.

Over 6,800 Portland voters signed petitions to amend the Portland Charter providing for clean municipal elections.  These petitions did not ask for a charter commission and Fair Elections Portland does not believe one is necessary to establish public campaign financing.

We do, however, recognize the need for systemic and structural changes to ensure that Portland's government is more open and responsive to its citizens. The City Council’s unconstitutional refusal to place the proposed Charter Amendment on the municipal ballot is only one illustration of this need.

Thus, we support the establishment of a charter commission and call on our members and volunteers to vote Yes on Question A on July 14.