Dick Farnsworth Announces Candidacy for HD 117 (Portland)
From his submitted bio:
Dick Farnsworth recently retired after 18 years as Executive Director of Woodfords Family Services in Portland. During his tenure in that position Dick was able to bring a small struggling agency of about 35 employees to one that provides services in 9 Maine counties and has a workforce of nearly 300. In 2008 Woodfords became nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation, placing them among the best family service agencies in Maine. In 2010 Dick Received, on behalf of Woodfords, “The Governor’s Award for Excellence” sponsored by the Maine Association for Non Profits.
While Executive Director Dick also served as the first President of the Maine Association for Community Service Providers, Chairman of their Children’s Services Committee, Chairman of their Legislative Committee and received a “Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy” in 2011. He was also appointed by Governor King to the Board of Visitors of Pineland Center(now closed) and was its chair at the time of the closing of the institution. He also served for several years on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Mental Retardation.
In addition Dick has served on several committees as a member of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce, was Chairman of the Board of the Community Mediation Center in Portland, was Chair of AARP Maine’s Capitol City Task Force, served on AARP Maine’s Executive Council and is currently a member of the Board of the Autism Society of Maine and Co-chair of their Legislative Committee.
From 1997-99 Dick had the privilege of serving as a Representative in the 118th Session of the Legislature, representing essentially the same area that is now District 117. While in that position Dick participated with other legislators in a goodwill visit to Maine’s sister province in China, Jilin. This was not at taxpayer’s expense.
Dick grew up on a farm in Ohio where the motto was, “We work for work and we work for play”. He has been accused of being a bit of a workaholic by his wife and family as well as people at his former employer.
Dick received his Bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University, his Master’s from Boston University and did advanced graduate work toward a doctorate at Temple University.
Dick and his wife, Ellen, have chosen to live in Portland and have been here for 20 years. Their love for Maine is shared by their 3 children and 4 grandchildren, all of whom moved back from such places as Hawaii, Arizona and Texas to share this beautiful state.