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Stanley B. Short Jr Announces Candidacy for HD 29 (Clinton, Detroit and Pittsfield)

Posted on February 10, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

(This is an open seat, as Rep. Stacey Fitts (R-Pittsfield) is termed out of the House and is running for SD 25.)

BDN article here on Short’s announcement in January.

From his bio:

Stanley B. Short Jr. is a life long Mainer with a broad business base in the fundamental industries in the State of Maine from the Union, Management, and Business owner perspectives. He was born in Waterville, Maine on April 20, 1951 to Stanley B. Short Sr. and his wife Lillian. He was the second born of their four children. Stanley was educated in the Fairfield school system and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1969. He lettered in both baseball and football while at Lawrence. As a junior and senior his teammates elected him co-captain of the varsity football team. He received Honorable Mentioned to the All Pine Tree Conference Team as a defensive center while playing varsity football as a freshman and gained All Pine Tree Conference Honors as a fullback his senior year. In 1970 he entered Southern Maine Vocational Institute in South Portland and graduated from its Heating and Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Course in 1972.

Stanley married Debora Hapworth in November of 1972 at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Waterville where they continue to worship to this day. They raised two children, Derek and Gillian, while residing in Benton and have been blessed with seven grandchildren. Stanley and Debora remain happily married after a little more than thirty-nine years.

In 1976, after taking night courses in welding, Stanley was hired as a certified pipe welder at the S.D. Warren paper mill in Hinckley. While employed at the paper mill he was elected to numerous positions in Local Lodge 2740 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) by his fellow workers. These positions included two terms as the President, and twice he served on the Local Lodge’s negotiation committee. The Local consisted of more than one hundred members at that time. After 18 and one half years, in 1994, Stanley ended his employment with S.D. Warren in order to accept an elected position of Directing Business Representative for District Lodge 99, of the IAMAW. District 99 was made up of eighteen Local Lodges and more than twelve hundred members in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. His responsibilities included service to eighteen different collective bargaining agreements all across these three states. He was responsible for negotiations, grievance hearings and arbitration presentations for each one of those collective bargaining agreements.

In 1997, the General Vice President of the Eastern Territory of the IAMAW appointed Stanley to the position of Grand Lodge Representative and he became the Territorial Organizing Leader for the fourteen states that make up the Eastern Territory. During his time in this position he was afforded the opportunity to have numerous meetings with US Senators and Representatives from all across the United States, including many elected representatives at the state level. His duties were much the same as those he had in his
previous position, just on a much larger scale.

In 2002, Stanley and Debora settled in Pittsfield where he started a welding/fabrication business. He operated this business as sole proprietor until 2008, when he was hired by Bath Iron Works to serve as a representative in its Labor Relation Department. He continues to hold this position to this day. In this capacity, Stanley assists the Company as a grievance hearing officer, provides management with advice and training, writes up resolutions to grievances, negotiates grievance settlements, negotiates memorandums of agreement and continually works to build Company-Union Relations. Also, included in his responsibilities are taking part in disciplinary investigations, and the negotiations of pre-arbitration settlements. Stanley has a strong desire to serve and assist people, which has been evident throughout his career in an elected capacity as well as from a business standpoint.

Stanley’s hobbies include reading books about politics and political figures from all over the world and bird hunting over his German Shorthair, Maggie. During the late 1970s and early 1980s Stanley traveled throughout New England successfully participating in Birddog Field Trials. Stanley was instrumental in the birth of the Central Maine Brittany Club and was elected and served one term as its president. Stanley and Debora have a shared love of working on their old farm house in Pittsfield and they are both very proud
of what they have accomplished together in that effort. From 1989 through 1994, while living in Benton, Stanley and Debora owned and operated a well known gift shop on Route 100 in Benton called the Gray Barn.

Below is a list of other schools and the courses that I have completed over the years.

William Winpisinger Center Maryland

Classes: Numerous Computer classes, Grievance Handling, Contract Negotiations, Arbitration Advocate, Media, Organizing, Oral Presentations, Parliamentary Procedure.

George Meany Center Maryland

Class: Advanced Arbitration

Completed Journalism correspondence course

American Arbitration Association

Class: Arbitration Class

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Brian Hubbell Declares Candidacy for HD 35 (Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, part of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor)

Posted on February 10, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Four term Bar Harbor school board member Brian Hubbell has joined the race for the Maine State Legislature as a Democratic candidate for House District 35 which includes Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Cranberry Isles, and a portion of the town of Mount Desert.

Hubbell’s candidacy follows Wednesday’s announcement by two-term Democratic Representative Elsie Flemings that she is not standing for reelection.

In his most public role on the school board, Hubbell led a long campaign to shield MDI’s schools from an unpopular state consolidation mandate. After negotiating personally with Governor Baldacci and Education Commissioner Gendron, Hubbell ultimately succeeded in broadening the law to allow school districts across the state to reform in a structure similar to MDI’s.

“We prevailed because our communities deeply value their connections to our schools,” Hubbell said, ”and because we were able to articulate a compelling vision of how durable community connections were in fact a necessary basis for both educational vitality and economic prosperity.

“Elsewhere, divisive politics has increasingly left citizens alienated from their own public institutions, suspicious of the motives of neighbors, and bereft of belief that we can, as a community, work together to achieve greater prosperity.

“In such politically corrosive weather, communities that can sustain those mutual relationships are increasingly rare and valuable. Fortunately, in Maine at least and certainly on MDI, I think people still understand what it means to roll up their sleeves and work together for mutual benefit and understand that their individual livelihoods are bound fundamentally to those of their neighbors.

“To me,” Hubbell adds, “nothing is more important than cultivating that vital idea of common prosperity. We know collectively that we have the circumstances, the resources, and the individual abilities for our communities to thrive. Beyond those, we need only the belief, the will, …and modest leadership that discerns what it is that unites rather than divides us.

“And, certainly this, exactly, is the long-standing vision of shared commitment to common purpose that underlies the success of this area’s schools.”

Hubbell says he doesn’t expect the District 35 campaign with Bar Harbor Republican Paul Paradis to be polarizing.

“At heart, I don’t believe this area is defined by ideological division,” Hubbell says. “Rather, I think there’s a common respect for hard work and lean living, confidence in the mutual benefits of cooperation, and a resultant respect and compassion for one’s neighbors. With that all intact, great things ought to be possible.

“So far, as I’ve spoken with many local people whose opinions I respect and trust to learn what they see as the most pressing local challenges, I’ve been struck by how many different ways they represent this theme – that we’re all in this together, that we’re competent and resourceful, and that one person’s effort can build improvement.”

With a degree in architecture from MIT, Hubbell worked for years in Massachusetts managing large construction projects, including the $250 million Rowes Wharf on the Boston waterfront. He credits those projects for developing a certain skill in diplomacy and team building that’s later proved useful in politics.

“There were two models for successful construction managers,” Hubbell says, “the ranting bullies and those who practiced facilitation and empathy. The bullies lasted about three years and died of heart attacks. I lasted longer and ended up getting more done on time and on budget. To survive and prosper, you have to understand that everyone wants essentially the same thing — to get the job done right and not waste a lot of profit on stupid inefficient things along the way.”

In 1990, Hubbell and his wife Liddy, also an MIT-educated architect, moved from Boston to eastern Hancock County where they continued an architecture and contracting business, later moving to Bar Harbor when their daughter came of school age. Hubbell joined the board of the Downeast Resource Conservation and Development Area to work on economic development projects and forestry practices. It was here that he met Angus King shortly before King announced his 1994 gubernatorial campaign.

“I immediately hit it off with Angus,” Hubbell says. “It was obvious he was intelligent and articulate. But what struck me was that he was also refreshingly honest about his principles, whether he was agreeing in a discussion with you or disagreeing. So I joined his campaign as county co-chair along with Jill Goldthwait.”

Hubbell says his core values are Democratic, presuming the value of the social contract of fairness, equity of opportunity, the multiplying benefits from investing in public goods such as education, public transit, clean water, and caring for the helpless and disabled. But he’s no ideologue.

“One of the things I’ve loved about both municipal policy and education is that discussions, while frequently heated and thorny, are typically free of partisanship,” he says. “Like many education debates, the school consolidation fight cut across all party lines. We made strong allies on both sides of the aisles in both chambers and in the Education Committee. I’m grateful for those hard won relationships and I hope to keep them productive through all sorts of shifts in political climate.

“I’m not sure this Governor really has figured that out yet. But it’s something that many of the legislators I’ve worked with understand and appreciate — that if we can just stipulate the facts and what we want to accomplish, we ought in fact to be able also to reach common consensus about the best vehicle to reach the goal..”

Specifically on educational issues, Hubbell says he is looking forward to continuing to work with the Governor’s Commissioner of Education, Stephen Bowen, another veteran of Augusta’s school consolidation wars.

“Nobody worked harder than Steve did, reporting and drafting alternative policy papers,” Hubbell says. “He’s a thoughtful guy who has earned his position as Commissioner. He and I will never agree on some things — like the Governor’s proposal to divert public tax dollars from public schools to religious groups — but we agree a lot more on some very important essential improvements for Maine education such as allowing local schools more autonomy and flexibility for students to progress through school at different rates on alternative pathways with greater personal responsibility over their own learning.”

“I’m eager to move forward in that spirit of progressive pragmatism and to continue to learn from the citizens of this district about their individual vision for what we can accomplish together.”

Hubbell lives with his wife Liddy at 66 Park Street in Bar Harbor. Their daughter Nora is a sophomore at MDI High School.

He can be reached by email at Brian@sparkflashgap.net and by phone at 288-3947.

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