Though independent from the Harpswell Democratic Committee, the Harpswell Indivisibles share many of our values and have worked with us to effect positive change in Harpswell, Maine and the country. For more information or to join their email list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook Page.
Organizations that "Walk the Talk"
Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Rev. Allison Smith (Harpswell), Shanelle Coolidge (N. Yarmouth) and Senator Brownie Carson at the State House in March of 2019 supporting the passage of the "Red Flag" bill.
Grandmothers For Reproductive Rights
GUIDE FOR CONTACTING YOUR U. S. SENATORS
For those of you who are willing to make phone calls and send e-mails expressing your opinion on specific issues, you will find below some helpful suggestions and information on contacting our U.S. Senators and Representative. Emails and phone calls are the quickest and most effective means of making them aware of your views and concerns. We are also providing fact sheets on issues that were identified in the member survey as being important. Each fact sheet will be in PDF form and will be titled by subject matter. You will find them at the bottom of this guide.
Each of our two Senators and Representatives have a website with instructions on how to contact them. Go to their web sites and click on Contact which will take you to a page with a form and space for an e-mail message. For Senator Collins, the form is under “I would like the Senator to….” For Senator King, it is under “Write To Angus.” And, for Representative Pingree, it is a three-step process: first click on "Email Chellie” then enter your zip code and click on “Go to Next,” then a form will appear to complete with your e-mail message.
E-mails from constituents are more effective than petitions in impacting an elected official's decision on how to vote on an issue. Staff will let the elected official know, prior to a vote, how many e-mails they have received from constituents and how many favor or oppose a bill or an amendment. When sending the e-mail it is important to complete the entire form. In writing your message, be respectful and clear about the issue you are supporting or opposing. It is helpful to practice writing what you want to say before you put it in an e-mail. A rule of thumb is that your message should fit—handwritten—on the front of a 3 x 5 index card. Be sure to check the accuracy of any facts, your punctuation and spelling before you hit send. Lastly, request a response to your email and keep a copy for future communications.
If you are calling Senator Collins, Senator King or Congresswoman Pingree, you can phone their Washington, D.C. or local offices. Given the very heavy volume of phone calls to their Washington, D.C. office it is best to call one of their local offices. A list of their phone numbers is below.
When you call, say you are a constituent and you would like to talk to the staff person who is working on the issue or the person in charge of the local office. Call during business hours and always be polite. If you need to leave a message, you should follow-up with an e-mail.
Practice what you want to say before you make the call and plan on a very brief conversation. You should make your point in a minute or two.
My name is____and I am a constituent of Senator___. I am calling to urge her to vote for______. This is important to me because____. Has she made up her mind on______. Is she likely to vote for or against______? If the staff says they are not sure, then express your hope that she will support your position.
◦ Washington D. C. > 202-224-2523
◦ Augusta > 207-622-8414
◦ Bangor > 207-945-0417
◦ Biddeford > 207-283-1101
◦ Caribou > 207-493-7873
◦ Lewiston > 207-784-6969
◦ Portland > 207-780-3575
◦ Washington D.C. > 202-224-5344
◦ Augusta > 207-622-8292
◦ Bangor > 207-945-8000
◦ Presque Isle > 207-764-5124
◦ Scarborough > 207-883-1588
◦ Washington D C. > 202-225-6116
◦ Portland > 207-774-5019
◦ Waterville > 207-873-5713
Your e-mails and phone calls will have an impact. It is only by informing our Senators and Representative of your opinion that they will know that you are concerned, that you are watching and that you expect them to consider your point of view.