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Colleen Lachowicz Announces State Senate District 25 Run

Posted on January 13, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Lachowicz has been the Program Director of school-based services at Kennebec Behavioral Health since 2005. Here is the link to her official campaign Facebook page. From the “About Me” section:

The people of Senate District 25 work hard and play by the rules. We need someone in the State Senate looking out for all of us. We need to make sure that playing by the rules means that, at the end of the day, we don’t just enrich large corporations — that we also enrich our communities.

Access to health care is a fundamental human right, and everyone should be able to afford it. Our kids need quality education in order to get good jobs. Our schools need to turn out graduates that bring world-class employers to our state. We need employers that pay a wage that a person can afford to pay their bills on, save for a home, and even take a vacation once in a while.

In order to accomplish this, our schools need teachers that are treated with dignity and respect. They educate our children, and we all want what’s best for them.

The future of the district — and the state — depends on all of us. I’ll be talking to people all over the district to learn more about what they feel needs to be done in Augusta, and will bring your voices to be heard in the State Senate.

A reminder: SD 25 includes the cities and towns of Albion, Benton, Clinton, Detroit, Pittsfield, Unity Twp. Waterville and Winslow. Currently the seat is held by long-time Maine businessman Sen. Tom Martin, who won his race in 2010 with 51% of the vote.

Martin’s opponent, now former Rep. Pamela Trinward (D-Winslow), was selected to run via a July 6 caucus as a replacement for the incumbent, former Assistant Senate Majority Leader Lisa Marrache (D-Waterville). Marrache had announced in late June 2010 that she would not be seeking re-election. Trinward’s Senate bid created a gap for a Democratic candidate in the HD 77 race, which was filled via a July 25th caucus by Waterville city councilor Thomas Longstaff. Longstaff went on to beat GOP opponent Alek Fortier with 56% of the votes cast in that contest.

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Andrew McLean Announces Candidacy for HD 129 (Gorham)

Posted on January 13, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

From his press release:

Andrew McLean Announces Candidacy for House District 129 in Gorham

Andrew McLean, a resident of Gorham and educator at the University of Southern Maine, has filed to run for State Representative, House District 129, in Gorham. Andrew grew up in a family of firefighters who placed a strong emphasis on public service. After graduating from college, Andrew chose to settle down in Gorham and took a job in the field of Student Development at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

While working at USM, Andrew completed his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service and in 2009 was appointed by Governor Baldacci to the Maine Commission for Community Service.

Andrew is running for Legislature because he believes in the opportunities that education can bring. Andrew says, “Education can be the engine of economic growth and increased opportunity in this state. I work with students every day who struggle to find good paying jobs after they graduate from college. Many leave Maine to find work. We cannot afford to keep losing our best and brightest.”

“We need leaders who are going to set real priorities for Maine people and not play politics with invented issues. Maine needs leaders who are going to work hard to create jobs and economic development opportunities, provide a quality education for our kids and link businesses with an educated workforce.”

Andrew is running against a two-term Republican incumbent who is out of touch with Gorham. His opponent voted to roll back voting rights, cut funding for Gorham schools and roll back labor laws. You can check out his Facebook page: or email him at

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