Archive for April 3rd, 2012

Mainers United for Marriage’s Matt McTighe: Will You Answer The Call?

Posted on April 3, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

From the clip’s description: Meet Matt McTighe. He’s managing Mainers United for Marriage, the campaign to win marriage for ALL of Maine’s loving, committed couples. He talks about what it will take to make history and win in November and how you can help.

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Craig Hickman Announces Candidacy for House District 82 (Readfield, Winthrop)

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From his blog, Hickman in the House:

WINTHROP — Craig Hickman, organic farmer, small business owner, chef and author, is making another bid to serve the residents of Readfield and Winthrop in the Maine House of Representatives.

“I’m stepping up again because I want to take the work I’m doing in the community to the next level and serve the people in the Legislature,” said Hickman. “When I ran last time, I said I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines but I know you don’t have to run for the Legislature to do something for your community. However, in order to create lasting change in our communities, we need policy in Augusta that enhances the work we do on the ground.”

Inspired by his father, a Tuskegee Airman who worked first shift in the mailroom at Pabst Brewing Company for 30 years after the war, and his wise mother who held a string of part-time jobs to help put food on the table, he has spent most of his life serving his community and feeding people. He is President of the Rotary Club of the Winthrop Area and Secretary of the Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen. He has also served on the boards of the Annabessacook Lake Improvement Association, Maranacook Local Foods Buying Club, Theater at Monmouth, and Washburn-Norlands Living History Center.

“We can do better. When 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry every night, we must do better. When the government thinks pink slime is food and pizza is a vegetable, we must do better. When our teachers don’t have the resources to provide a world-class education for our children, we must do better. When parents can’t afford to send their kids to college and the ones who graduate are saddled with decades of debt, we must do better. When energy policy intensifies our addiction to fossil fuels while our winters continue to warm and farmer’s struggle with drought, we must do better. When the tax code rewards giant corporations and the wealthiest among us at the expense of small farms, small businesses and Maine’s hardest-working families, we must do better. When our representatives tamper with voting laws instead of creating jobs and restoring a strong middle class, I know Maine can do better.”

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hickman was the first member of his family to graduate from college when he received an honors degree in government from Harvard University. He lives in Winthrop with MaineGeneral Health physical therapist Jop Blom. They own and operate Annabessacook Farm, a bed and breakfast and CSA farm that raises organic produce and hosts the Winthrop Community Gardens, a fresh food bank, and provides free hot meals once a week for people in need. His work feeding people earned him a Spirit of America Foundation Award from the town.

“To be sure, Representative Pat Flood will be a tough act to follow, but if the voters of Readfield and Winthrop give me the chance to try to fill his shoes, I promise I’ll do my best. If you believe we need a lawmaker in Augusta who listens, who stands up for what he believes, who thinks outside the box and offers creative solutions for our toughest challenges, a lawmaker who will serve the people and never be for sale, then it’s time we step up again. I’d be humbled to represent you.”

Hickman can be reached at 377-FARM or

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Penny Plourde Announces Run for SD 24 (Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney and Vassalboro)

Posted on April 3, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

From her press release:

Penny Plourde, a retired state worker who served as a director in the departments of Transportation and Labor and has been honored as a longtime advocate for Small Businesses and people with disabilities, announced her candidacy today for the State Senate in District 24, which includes Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney and Vassalboro. Plourde, a Democrat, is a resident of Vassalboro.

Plourde is a life-long Maine resident and has lived in the Augusta area since 1979. She was employed by Maine State Government for 32 years as the Director of Civil Rights and Small Business Development, in the Department of Transportation and was appointed in 2006 by Governor Baldacci as Director of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Department of Labor. Plourde, who has dedicated her professional and personal life to empowering Maine people, believes her past experience, understanding of state government and community involvement will be the keys to her success in the fall campaign.

“I’m running because I want to give opportunity and hope back to the people of Maine. I want Maine to be a state that values quality jobs, education, affordable health care, and provide opportunities to every Mainer,” said Plourde. “I want to put Maine government back on the side of working families, and I have the professional and life experiences to ensure that our state remains a great place to live and work.”

In addition to serving 3 years on The US Small Business Administration’s, Maine Division Advisory Council, Plourde notes that she grew up in a family-owned small business so she understands the challenges that many businesses face. “My number one goal will be to listen to the people in District 24, and help develop strategies to create and maintain quality local jobs.”

Plourde also knows first hand how to challenge adversity. Born with spina bifida, Plourde uses a wheelchair but has never let that fact define who she is. In fact, Plourde finds her disability has empowered her decades of distinguished work in disability awareness, transportation policy and advocacy.

In 2001, Plourde won the “BULL DOG” award from the Federal Highway Region, which sums up how she sees life. “When I see injustice, I will work tirelessly to make it right no matter how long it takes and I look forward to doing that for my constituents. I have never seen or used my disability as a crutch but rather have used it as a way to better understand the varying needs and concerns of people.”

Now retired, Plourde is able to dedicate 100% of her time to the needs of her constituents, and her passion, drive and take-charge attitude will make her a force in the Senate. “I am a hard proven worker, and I am prepared to represent the interests of Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney and Vassalboro without hesitation every single day. This area needs a strong voice in the Senate and I will be that voice.”

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