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Waterville advocate is only candidate on primary ballot committed to protecting reproductive liberties in Maine

(Portland, MAINE) – Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund PAC is endorsing Cassie Julia of Waterville in the Maine House of Representatives District 65 primary election.

With reproductive rights and freedoms under attack at state and national levels, Mainers need elected leaders who will fight to protect and expand access to abortion and related care. Julia is a years-long advocate for Waterville residents and the only candidate in this primary who will protect reproductive rights and reproductive health care access. 

A mother and dedicated Waterville community member, Julia sits on the Waterville Planning Board, MELMAC Committee, and Historic Preservation Committee. Julia’s accomplishments for children and families in Waterville include leading fundraising for school lunch fees before Maine’s free lunch program was implemented and founding Friends of Waterville Public Schools, an organization that safeguards the local school budget. In addition to Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund PAC, Julia is endorsed by Waterville Mayor Michael Morris, former mayor Karen Heck, and several former city councilors.

Julia is challenging three-term incumbent Bruce White, who has consistently voted against popular reproductive rights policies protecting and expanding access to essential health care. During the 2024 legislative session, White joined Republicans in voting against a constitutional amendment protecting reproductive autonomy, denying Maine voters the opportunity to weigh in on the measure at the ballot box. He also joined Republicans in voting against protecting Maine’s providers of reproductive care and care for transgender people from hostile attacks based on other states’ laws.

In 2023, during the first full legislative session since the U.S. Supreme Court revoked federal protections for abortion, White aligned with Republicans and voted against removing barriers to insurance coverage of abortion, against protecting providers from adverse actions related to malpractice insurance, against protecting the continuity of sexual and reproductive health care in the event of mergers, and against ensuring Mainers have access to abortion care throughout pregnancy. 

The primary election will be held Tuesday, June 11.

Statement from Lisa Margulies, Vice President of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund PAC: 

“We are thrilled to endorse Cassie Julia for State Representative. The people of Waterville have a clear choice in June: elect a reproductive rights champion or re-elect an incumbent who has time and time again voted against our rights and freedoms, even when our federal protections were revoked by the Dobbs decision after nearly 50 years. 

Reproductive autonomy is a fundamental right, and everyone deserves access to the care they need, when they need it. Mainers expect our elected leaders to reflect the will of Maine voters and Maine values, and Cassie Julia is the only candidate in this race who we can trust to fight for our rights in Augusta.”


The Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund Political Action Committee promotes and preserves a health care landscape and a political climate favorable to women’s health by working to identify and elect supportive candidates seeking executive and legislative offices.  

The PPMEAF PAC is operated by the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Maine. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy. 


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