The 2014 election season is underway and voters in the greater Bangor area are taking to sidewalks and street corners to show their political allegiances and advocate for the candidate of their choice. With a gubernatorial race, one open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, an open U.S. Senate seat, and numerous state legislature races, Mainers have some big decisions to make on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4
As part of a photojournalism project for my multimedia production course, I took to the streets to discover what statements voters and campaigns alike are making with the old-fashioned yard sign. Through engaging angles and contextual back drops, it is obvious the impact that these seemingly small political statements actually have.
Old Town, Maine – Stillwater Ave., John Baldacci, not running. Baldacci served as governor of the state of Maine from 2003 to 2011. Baldacci is not a candidate in the 2014 gubernatorial race.
Bangor Maine, outskirts of Broadway Park. A city resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, lines her front yard with across-the-board democratic candidates.
Old Town, Maine – Stillwater Ave., Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for Governor. “Independent, Just Like Maine.” Culter is running in a three-way gubernatorial race against republican incumbent Paul LePage and democratic candidate Mike Michaud. Cutler also ran for Governor in 2010.
Orono, Maine – College Ave., Phi Kappa Sigma, U.S Senator Susan Collins, republican. “Our senator.” Collins has held her position since 1997 and is running for reelection against democrat Shenna Bellows, a non-profit organizer.
Orono, Maine – Bennoch Rd., Colby B. Civiello, republican candidate for State House Representative to District 124. A 2007 graduate of Bangor High School, Civiello is running on a platform of fiscal reform and generating jobs through growing the agriculture and manufacturing industries.
Bangor, Maine – At the busy intersection of State St. and Broadway, a cluster of signs does not fair so well in the downtown environment. The signs are in favor of democrat Emily Cain for US Congress and republican incumbent U.S. Senator Susan Collins.
Bangor Maine – Fairmount Park, Justin Freeman, republican candidate for Bangor City Council. A 2009 graduate of the University of Maine, Freeman is passionate about making Bangor “the best city it can be” by eliminating wasteful spending and keeping property taxes low.
Bangor, Maine – Corridor of Interstate 95, State Senator Geoff Gratwick, currently serving his first term as Senator to District 32 representing the towns of Bangor and Hermon. Victoria Kornfield, democratic State House Representative to District 17 (Bangor). Both Gratwick and Kornfield are running for re-election.
Bangor, Maine – Broadway Park, Bruce Poliquin, republican candidate for Maine’s 2nd congressional district. “More Jobs, Less Debt.” Poliquin cites recruiting new businesses to Maine and ending the Affordable Care Act as top priorities if elected.
Bangor, Maine – Intersection of Somerset St. and Broadway, Gerry Palmer, candidate for Bangor City Council. Palmer is the incumbent chairman of the council. As John Bapst High school dismisses for the day, buses shuttle students home.
Bangor, Maine – Fairmount Park, James Lacadie, republican candidate for the State House of Representatives serving District 127. Lacadie is running against the democratic incumbent, Adam Goode.
The images featured were all taken between Sept. 30 and Oct. 8, 2014 and were captured using an iPad Mini. Minor edits to lighting and cropping were made using Photoshop.