As a state representative and now as a state senator, Chloe Maxmin, D-Nobleboro, has hosted several “Coffees with Chloe” around her district. With Election Day a month away, the latest chat was Oct. 4 at Cupacity in Damariscotta with the main topic being Question 1. Other topics included mandatory vaccinations, the right whale and bipartisanship.
Maxmin is a two-term legislator. She was elected to the state senate in 2020 defeating incumbent Dana Dow, a Waldoboro Republican. She told a dozen participants at her coffee chat about her opposition to Question 1. “It’s confusing and the No side is misleading voters with their advertising,” she said.
Question 1 is a a citizen-initiated measure designed to stop New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), a 145-mile long, high-voltage transmission line project that would transmit around 1,200 megawatts from hydroelectric plants in Quebec to electric utilities in Massachusetts and Maine. One participant believed the LePage administration allowed NECEC to skip a key regulatory step. Maxmin agreed, and added the Mills administration also let the developer skip the same provision.
Maxmin said her opposition to the project stems from how the process granted leases to NECEC for the project on public lands. Maxmin explained she was part of a legislative effort to stop the leases. “I was on the committee which saw the information come to light on how CMP (Central Maine Power) obtained the public land leases. We tried to stop them, and I am definitely voting yes on Question 1,” she said.
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