Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) is a nonpartisan organization that works in the public interest to advocate for, increase public support for, defend and improve the Maine Clean Election Act and related campaign finance law.
We are the only group working exclusively to monitor, improve and defend Maine's landmark Clean Election law to allow more Mainers the opportunity to serve; to give Maine voters more choices; and to keep elected officials accountable to voters.
MCCE leverages the commitment of its volunteer members with limited paid staff to carry out the work of the organization. A dedicated group of members agree to serve on MCCE's Board of Directors to ensure that MCCE's mission is served.
Anna Kellar, Executive Director
Anna grew up in Maine, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Yale University and a Masters degree in conflict studies from the London School of Economics. Her experience with democracy and anti-corruption campaigns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia makes her all the more committed to preserving and strengthening civil society and grassroots democracy in Maine. She ran for the state legislature as a Clean Elections candidate in 2016.
Lado Lodoka, Program Director
Lado holds a BA in Political Science from USM and a Masters in Community Development Policy and Practice from UNH. Prior to joining MCCE, he worked for the Kansas Department for Children and Families as Regional Refugee Coordinator and Program Consultant for Employment Service Provider Agreement.
Sarah Rawlings, Senior Project Manager (RCV)
Sarah Rawlings is returning to MCCE after serving as Southern Maine organizer in 2017. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service in 2010. Most recently, she was an organizer with the Maine Democratic Party, and previously worked for Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership. Prior to her campaign work, Sarah was a research analyst in academia and the nonprofit sector, primarily working on matters related to education policy.
John Brautigam, Senior Advisor and Counsel
John Brautigam is an attorney and consultant with over 25 years of experience in campaign finance and election law, public policy, advocacy, and legal representation. From 2004 to 2008 he served in the Maine legislature and was House Chairman of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee. Prior to his tenure in the legislature Mr. Brautigam served as Assistant Attorney General. He previously served as legal counsel successfully defending the constitutionality of the 1996 reforms to Maine campaign finance laws, including the Maine Clean Election Act. Mr. Brautigam holds a law degree from Stanford Law School where he was appointed Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He earned a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and an MA in History from Trinity College.
Nadya Mullen, Operations Manager
Nadya has spent the past 18 years living and working in the UK, primarily in higher and further education; most recently as Administrative Officer for the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her background in not-for-profit administration and organisational transformation will serve her well at the Democracy Partnership. Nadya is a returning Maine native and is delighted to be home and to be able to actively support nonpartisan democracy efforts in Maine.
Jon Monroe, Outreach Specialist
Jon comes to the Democracy Partnership following years of service in the Elections Division of the Maine Secretary of State’s Office. He was formerly a management consultant based in Washington D.C. and Shenzhen, China, and a college instructor at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative politics from Michigan State University.
Lokotah Sanborn, Organizer
Lokotah was the Bangor canvass director for FairVote's Ranked Choice Voting education effort, and previously worked as a canvasser for MCCE. He has also been an organizer on political campaigns in Maine and New Hampshire. Lokotah works to expand MCCE organizing's in Bangor, Northern/Central Maine and tribal communities.
Viva, an internationally-traveled jazz musician and small-business owner, brings extensive experience as an event promoter and community builder to her role as an organizer with MCCE. She believes the purpose of the economy is to allow people to interact with each other, that decency is the first rule of social interaction, that everyone is responsible for everyone, that dance parties are the best medicine, and in improving access to our democracy. Viva expands MCCE’s outreach to new audiences and has pledged her creativity, passion and network to the Ranked Choice Voting education project.