Former County Commissioner Malory Otteson Shaughnessy Declares Candidacy for HD 115 (Portland)

Posted on February 9, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Local activist and former Cumberland County Commissioner, Malory Otteson Shaughnessy has submitted paperwork with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices with the intention of becoming a Clean Elections candidate for House District 115 in Portland.

“The LePage administration and their attacks on health care, workers’ rights, the environment and education have created a divisive and detrimental atmosphere in Augusta. Their unproductive tax cuts last year set the stage for the fight we are now seeing for the meager left over crumbs,” said Shaughnessy, “This is simply wrong. We need strong and passionate representation to end this now.”

Shaughnessy, 52, who served four years as Cumberland County Commissioner, is the only candidate who has filed with the state to run for this open seat.

Married to Michael Shaughnessy, Professor of Art at USM, with four sons, Shaughnessy has been actively involved on local boards and organizations for more than 20 years.

“We need a representative in District 115 who has a record of success in achieving goals, creating positive change and standing up for our shared values.” Shaughnessy stated, “I know that we can find the creative and effective solutions to the problems we face.”

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Background on Malory Shaughnessy:

Malory Shaughnessy is the Director of Development and Special Projects at Common Dreams, an online progressive news center. She currently sits on the Boards of EmergeMaine and Friends of the Presumpscot River. She is also currently helping to establish the Greater Portland Move to Amend Affiliate group to work on a constitutional amendment to abolish Corporate Personhood.

She has over 25 years experience in the public policy arena holding a B.A. degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Missouri and an M.A. degree in Public Policy from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. She has worked inside and outside government at all levels, and has extensive experience bringing stakeholders together for positive change. She has developed and conducted trainings in legislative advocacy, community organizing and coalition building.

Shaughnessy’s career has entailed such diverse activities as congressional staffer, policy analyst and researcher, community organizer, statewide project coordinator, literacy teacher and policy advocate. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections.

Shaughnessy has served as President of the Maine County Commissioners Association (MCCA) and was elected in 2008 by the Board of MCCA to serve as the representative for Maine counties on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors. As the NACo Board Director for Maine, she was a leader in founding the Northeast Counties Caucus, which has now become one of the four recognized Regional Caucuses within NACo.

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