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