AUGUSTA- With just under two weeks left until the Maine State GOP Convention the state Republican Party is highlighting enthusiasm for this year’s event. Nearly 200 individuals are out to secure a position as a National Delegate, an exciting development for the state convention.
This number of applicants is a record number of candidates for the 20 delegates who will be chosen to represent Maine at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention will also select alternates from this pool of candidates.
Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett is enthusiastic about the record involvement, “It is incredible to see so many Republicans who are being inspired and motivated this election cycle. This is a wonderful reflection of the eagerness and increased participation we are seeing here at the State Party.”
In addition to record National Delegate applicants at the State Convention, Republican Headquarters in Augusta has seen increased interest from the public in volunteering and donating.
Rebecca Telega, Regional Field Director for the Maine Republican Party has particularly noted an increase in interest from millennials, “Young Republicans are eager to get involved, I think the Presidential Primary is really motivating people who wouldn’t otherwise be engaged to get involved and learn more about the process, as well as engage at the local level.”
Maine GOP Political Director Joe Turcotte added, “We have numerous of key Republican seats here in Maine up for grabs and that has a lot of folks ready to help out in any way they can. We're encouraged with so many people getting involved.”