— UPDATED Feb. 18, 2021 — 

(HORSEHEADS, NY) – Trailblazers PAC, the national, nonpartisan organization supporting candidates for county or municipal level office who stand for honest government, announces that the actions of a previously endorsed candidate do not meet the organization’s standard. Trailblazers PAC is removing its support for Sheriff Scott Nichols of Franklin County, Maine.

Sheriff Nichols was elected November 3, 2020 and received Trailblazers PAC’s endorsement in that race for his choice to follow a higher standard of honesty, which he put into action during his campaign by going beyond legal requirements to disclose more information about his campaign finances than required, and by earning his campaign budget from voters in his district, rather than solely outside interests.

Since then, on January 6, 2021, insurrectionists physically attempted to change the results of the 2020 Presidential election, against the will of the voters, and spread misinformation about the election and the insurrection. 

One of the organizations that has promulgated misinformation about the election and insurrection is the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officer Association (CSPOA), where Sheriff Nichols was named Sheriff of the Year in 2020. Even though the FBI has stated (on January 8, 2021 and now in sworn public record through the United States Senate Trial of February 13, 2021) that there is no evidence to support CSPOA’s misinformation, Sheriff Nichols has maintained his support for CSPOA’s statements. Sheriff Nichols has also maintained photographs of himself with self-described insurrectionists prominently posted on his Facebook page, with a laudatory caption.

Trailblazers PAC is non-partisan and does not assess candidates based on political ideologies, as voters are best served by getting honest and transparent information from the elected officials who serve them, even when they disagree. Robust and forthright debate is the foundation of our democratic republic. To earn Trailblazers PAC’s support, candidates and office-holders are asked to follow higher standards of honesty than law currently requires, with the mission of building communities around leaders that are committed to honest government.

A person who chooses to amplify an organization that is spreading falsehoods about an insurrection against an election is acting counter to the core of Trailblazers PAC’s mission. Sheriff Nichols can no longer be considered a Trailblazer. 

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(FARMINGTON, ME) – Trailblazers PAC, the national, nonpartisan organization supporting candidates for county or municipal level office who stand for honest government, announced its endorsement of Scott Nichols for Franklin County Sheriff in the November 3, 2020 general election. Trailblazers PAC has endorsed candidates across the country, but Mr. Nichols is the first candidate endorsed by Trailblazers PAC in the state of Maine.

To earn Trailblazers PAC’s endorsement, candidates for county or municipal level office of any party must disclose every penny in and out of their campaigns, make themselves accountable to their own voters by raising funds from households within their district instead of just from outside interests, and stand up for honest government through Election Day and beyond.

“With so much dark money being poured into campaigns across the country, it is important for voters to know and trust who they are voting for, who is funding them and why. Sheriffs are elected by the people they serve; it is important for the voters of Franklin County to know and trust that our campaign is funded by them,” said Scott Nichols, candidate for Franklin County Sheriff.

“Scott is setting a precedent in his community that voters should be the loudest voices in the room,” said Alli Woodard, Executive Director of Trailblazers PAC. “Even during these difficult times, he is going above and beyond what the law requires by taking measurable action for honest government, right now.”

Now in its fourth year, Trailblazers PAC has reached millions of voters across the country by mentoring municipal-level candidates in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The organization only endorses and donates to candidates running in contested elections, and since 2017, over 65% of these candidates have won their elections. To learn more about Scott Nichols and Trailblazers PAC, go to trailblazerspac.com. 

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