Patrick Norton Announces Candidacy for HD 106 (Freeport; part of Pownal)
“Patrick Norton believes his two decades of experience as a high-level nonpartisan staff with the Maine Legislature has given him the tools and experience to “hit the ground running” if elected in November. Norton believes that, in this era of term limits, it is more important than ever for newly elected members of the Legislature to already know how the Legislature works and how things get done in Augusta.”
From his bio:
Patrick Norton of Freeport has joined the race to replace state Rep. David Webster (D-Freeport). Norton, 57, has filed papers with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices with the intention of running as a Clean Election candidate in the House District 106 race. Webster is ineligible to run in 2012 due to term limits.
Norton, who is married to Freeport artist Diana Johnson, was born in South Portland and earned a B.A. in Geography/Anthropology and an M.A. in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine. He has also successfully completed his doctoral coursework and qualifying exams in public policy at the Muskie School of Public Service.
After retiring in October from state government with nearly three decades of service, Norton is now focusing on his run for the Legislature. Norton worked for 22 years with the Maine Legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Policy and Legal Analysis, including six years as the Director of that office. During that time, Norton spent many years staffing and providing nonpartisan policy analysis to many Joint Standing Committees of the Legislature, including committees having oversight over Housing and Economic Development matters, Marine Resources, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Resources, State and Local Government, Transportation, and others. In the 2011 session, he provided staff support to the Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform, which traveled throughout the state listening to the concerns of hundreds of businesses and individuals about state and local regulatory issues. Norton believes that the unanimous report of that committee is a model of how experienced policy makers, despite initial partisan and policy differences, can still work together to find solutions to complex policy issues.
Norton believes that working across the aisle to bridge partisan differences, without compromising core principals, is the only way the Legislature can move forward on the increasingly complex issues it faces. He believes his background and experience have prepared him for that role and is looking forward to working with others in the Legislature on challenges facing our natural resources, education, social services and economic development.
In addition to his work with the Legislature, Norton also served a 3-year term on the Freeport Shellfish Commission in the 1990’s and served as the chair of that commission in his third year of service.