AUGUSTA – The Maine Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sarah LeClaire of Woodland to serve on the Maine Ethics Commission. Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, released the following statement in support of LeClaire’s confirmation.
“Mainers are known for their strong civic participation and leadership in common-sense electoral reform. I know that Sarah’s deep understanding of the law and sense of fairness will serve Maine’s election watchdog well,” said President Jackson. “I was proud to vote in support of her confirmation and thank my colleagues in the Senate for putting their faith in her to serve.”
LeClaire is an attorney with a law practice located in Presque Isle. She has a long history of community service, including service on the Union #122 school board in Woodland, the board of the Battered Women’s Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the Presque Isle homeless shelter.
The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices — often known simply as the Maine Ethics Commission —is an independent state agency that administers Maine’s campaign finance laws, the Maine Clean Election Act, and the lobbyist disclosure law. The commission also issues advisory opinions and conducts investigations regarding legislative ethics.
The commission is bipartisan and consists of five members jointly appointed by the Governor and Legislative Leaders for three-year terms. No more than two members may be enrolled in the same political party.