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NEWS ADVISORY:  05/27/14


Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director

(207) 400-1026/

Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director

(207) 229-5628/



AARP Maine Attending State Democratic Convention


Raising awareness on issues of concern to Mainers 50+



PORTLAND: In keeping with its more than 27 year-tradition of non-partisan voter engagement on topical issues, AARP Maine is attending the State Democratic Convention and hosting a booth on both days this weekend. Throughout the convention, AARP staff and volunteers will engage candidates in discussions about issues of particular interest to older Americans.  AARP Maine also hosted a booth at the State Republican Convention in April.


“During the 2014 election cycle, AARP is focusing on raising the issues of retirement security, Social Security and Medicare,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director.  “AARP is dedicated to voter engagement.  We want our members and their families to feel empowered at the polls this November.  To that end, we are attending and staffing a booth at both state conventions this spring and will closely watch where the candidates stand on issues of great concern to those 50+.”


According to the US Census Bureau, older Mainevoters have a strong showing during elections.  In 2012, more than 81 percent of registered voters between the ages of 65 and 74 and more than 75 percent of those 75+ voted that November.


“AARP encourages our members and all Americans to ask questions of the candidates so they know where they stand on important issues such as financial and health security,” said Rich Livingston, AARP Maine Volunteer State President.  “This will help voters choose the candidates that best reflect their views and values.”


For more about AARP Maine’s voter engagement efforts or other issues call 1-866-554-5380 or go to our website at




AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at