Political engagement means participating in democratic political & deliberative processes, policymaking, & public governance.
- You may be surprise that you are eligible to serve on a municipal board or committee. There are always several vacancies on Town Volunteer Boards and Committees in Brunswick. You can also check your hometown’s website to see about their volunteer needs – these roles wield real power, and it’s real work.
- Submit testimony for state or federal bills you care about. Your oral or written testimony, gives legislators and committee members more personal and effective evidence of the impact of their proposed legislation. It’s easy to identify bills you care about with the tool at legiscan.com. These guidelines for preparing, writing, and giving testimony will help you write with confidence. And finally, the submission process varies by state so search the web for “submit testimony [your state] legislature” to learn about options for submitting your written or live statement.
- Help democracy work. All year, non-partisan voter advocacy organizations, such as the League of Women Voters, are seeking help with advocacy and education to promote fair elections and a robust democracy. Start here. Also, in even-year elections, poll workers are needed across the country. Workers get training, PPE and often payment – get started at PowerThePolls.
- Volunteer with a political campaign for a ballot question or a candidate running in Maine or your home state. See the Who Are My Reps? section below, to connect with incumbent representatives. Many office are up for election every two years, so contact your one of your reps (or their opponent) and see how you can be useful.
- Join a partisan club on campus. The Bowdoin College Republicans and Bowdoin Democrats coordinate with their respective parties to mobilize student volunteers.
Who Are My Reps?
Knowing who your representatives are, and what they’re up to, can help you make more informed voting decisions. You can contact them directly with questions, or to advocate for policies and causes that matter to you. Add your reps’ contact info to your phone so you can tell them what’s on your mind whenever you want.
Who Are My Home State Reps?
There are two tools we like to look up your local, state and federal reps:
- Common Cause’s lookup tool is easiest to use but may not show your local officials
- USA.gov’s tool includes most local offices but is not as slick.
Who Are My Reps at Bowdoin?
Municipal representatives: Follow the links to find members of Brunswick Town Council and Brunswick School Board. “At Large” councilors represent (and are voted on by) the entire town, while Bowdoin residence halls are located in 4 of the town’s 7 districts. See which district you live in.
Maine State House of Representatives – all of Bowdoin campus housing is located within district 50 of the Maine House (see map), which is represented by Ralph Tucker, 800-423-2900). Other parts of Brunswick are located in district 49 (represented by Poppy Arford, 800-423-2900) and district 51 (represented by Joyce McCreight, 800-423-2900).
Governor: Maine’s Governor is Janet Mills (207-287-3531).
US Senate – Maine’s two Senators are Angus King (202-224-5344) and Susan Collins (202-224-2523).
US House of Representatives – Brunswick is located in Maine’s 1st Congressional District (see map), which is represented by Chellie Pingree (202-225-6116).