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ALFRED —York County Commissioner Justin Chenette made good on a campaign promise by introducing a motion that resulted in a temporary change in the Commission’s meeting time.
Commission Meeting Notice Jan 18
For our January 18th, 2023 meeting, below is the agenda, supporting documents, and ZOOM link to participate. Note the new meeting time at 5PM.
ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85672916354?pwd=V3oxS1ZsVyt3akVYWjhValJkanV2dz09
At the first York County Commission meeting of the year, commissioners voted to shift the meeting times from 4:30PM to 5PM, but only for 6 months. At that time, assessing whether the new time works for staff and the public.
Chenette pushed for the change and originally had a motion changing the meetings to 6PM citing the need to increase accessibility, something Chenette advocated for during his campaign this past year.
“We have an opportunity to make our meetings the most accessible among all county commissioners,” said Chenette. “We can make it easier for working Mainers to participate in these proceedings and make their voices heard.”
ALFRED - Newly elected County Commissioner Justin Chenette, returning Commissioners Richard Dutremble, Robert Andrews, and returning officials District Attorney Kathryn Slattery, and Registrar of Deeds Nancy Hammond all took their oaths of office prior to the county commission meeting.
Growing up I never thought it would be possible to get married.
I always felt like that right wasn’t afforded to me as a citizen of this great country. When you are treated like a second class citizen as a young person, it has a profound impact on how you view the world around you. For me, I channeled my frustration into advocacy and action, fighting for marginalized communities without a voice.
In college, I interned at Equality Maine, working on the eventual campaign that secured my own right to marry within our beautiful state. I saw first hand how you could change hearts and minds with one-on-one conversations at your neighbors’ doorstep.
'Former Maine State Senator Justin Chenette has become the first Millennial and only openly LGBTQ+ individual elected to serve on the York County Commission, at age 31.'
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