NEWS RELEASE: October 18, 2018


Contact: Jane Margesson

AARP Maine State Director

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AARP Maine’s Gubernatorial Candidate Tele-Town Hall Audio Files Now Online

 Series of AARP Member Tele-Town Halls Engaged Thousands of Mainers 50+


PORTLAND: AARP Maine recently held a series of tele-town hall forums with three candidates for Governor: 10/2/18 with Janet Mills, 10/9/18 with Terry Hayes and 10/16/18 with Shawn Moody. The audio files from all three tele-town hall forums are now available online.

The focus of the discussions, moderated by AARP Maine State Director Lori Parham, centered on multiple voter engagement issues including healthcare, prescription drug costs, affordable housing, long-term care and independent living concerns, and more.

The tele-town hall forums represent just one way AARP Maine invites its members to be a part of these important voter engagement discussions and offers an excellent opportunity to have the candidates answer their questions. Participants were contacted by telephone and invited to join each forum and ask their questions live.

“AARP Maine is pleased to be able to provide opportunities like this for our members to engage directly with Maine gubernatorial candidates,” said Parham. “The fact that thousands of AARP members joined the tele-town hall forum series shows us how important these issues are and how critical it will be for our lawmakers to work together in the spirit of bi-partisanship after Election Day. We thank the candidates for joining us for this forum series and for their efforts on behalf of Mainers 50+ and their families.”

Additional resources:

AARP survey of Maine voters 50+ released on September 5, 2018.

AARP Public Policy Institute Report on Rx Drug Prices.

AARP Voter Engagement resources and online pledge:


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