Archive for February 17th, 2014

Democrat Don Crossman of Milo Announces Candidacy for House District 120

Posted on February 17, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Via press release- Don is the former chair of the Piscataquis County Democratic Committee:

    Don Crossman seeks House Seat 120

MILO, Maine — Don Crossman of Milo is a candidate for House District 120. He is dedicated to improving the lives of Piscataquis county citizens via common sense legislation, valuing self reliance and accountability. “I believe that I will be an asset to Piscataquis County at this time of opportunity for rural Maine.” Don lists his priority’s as twofold:

don crossman hd 1201. Economic development:

    “Piscataquis County is ready for growth. It will not likely arrive as a Private Prison in Milo or a Resort in Brownville. As a community, we have expended much energy, time and tax payer’s money on looking outside our county for the economic cure that has not arrived. I say look inward to the successful small businessmen who are the foundation of our local economy. They have the answers in their success. One job at a time.”

2. Taxation:

    “Taxes are payment for services rendered. The question is are we as rural Maine citizens getting the best bang for our buck, There is no free meal and never has been. Every dollar your government spends comes from our collective wallets. We can do better.”

Community Service:

Don has been a member of the MSAD 41 Board of Directors for the past 9 years serving the last seven as the Board Chair. He has helped maintain budgets that are lean, affordable and meet the needs of our children. He has lead this board in its formation of AOS-43 and respective savings our communities have experienced because of this consolidation. Of more importance, this sharing of resources will present, expanding opportunities for our children.

He has been a strong advocate of small rural schools fighting to maintain the viability of all of our schools in the District. “Our schools are the heart and soul of our communities.“

He served for several years as an EMT for Three Rivers Ambulance enjoying this opportunity to serve the public.

His experience as a small business owner has taught him the value of a dollar and the need to stay with a budget that is affordable. He has the ability to make the tough financial choices that will be necessary. Don currently serves as the treasurer of one of Piscatquis county s oldest stock clubs.

Military Experience:

Don served on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1969-1972 continuing on as a part–time soldier with the Maine Army National Guard until his retirement in 1997.

Employment:

Don has been employed at the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric center for the past 24 years. He retired In June 2013 as the Clinical Nurse Manager of an acute psychiatric unit taking pride in the excellent care this facility provides to our citizens.

Don is married to the former Joni Bishop of Lagrange, who is employed as the Director of Nursing of DDPC in Bangor.

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Rep. Charles “Ken” Theriault Announces for State Senate District 1

Posted on February 17, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Via press release:

    Theriault Announces for State Senate

      Veteran State Representative from Madawaska to Run for Open Senate Seat

ken theriaultMADAWASKA – State Representative Charles “Ken” Theriault (D-Madawaska) has announced that he will run for the Maine State Senate in the district being vacated by Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Allagash), who is running for Congress.

“It has been an enormous privilege to represent several communities in the St. John Valley in the House, and I want to put my experience to use in the State Senate to serve Northern Aroostook County,” said Rep. Theriault, who is serving his fourth term as the State Representative from House District 2. “I will fight every day to make sure that our unique needs and our values have a voice in Augusta.”

Rep. Theriault currently serves as the House Chair of the Transportation Committee, and is House Chair of the Franco-American Caucus. In the House, he has been a powerful advocate for improving transportation infrastructure, as well as for restoring revenue sharing to local communities. Additionally, he strongly supports accepting federal funds to expand healthcare coverage to 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans.

“Working men and women in Aroostook County need leaders in Augusta to fight for better jobs, and to fight to protect our manufacturing, agriculture, and logging heritage,” said Rep. Theriault.

Rep. Theriault grew up in Wallagrass on a potato farm, graduated from Fort Kent Community High School, and attended the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of American Legion Post 147. He has served as a Little League and youth hockey coach, is a director of the Madawaska Snowmobile Club and a member of the Four Season Trail Association, has chaired the Acadian Festival in Madawaska, and is a volunteer leader for the World Acadian Congress. He also enjoys hunting and fishing. He is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madawaska and is a former Grand Knight of the Madawaska Knights of Columbus.

A retired papermaker, he served in leadership positions, including President, with United Papermakers/USW Local 291. As a union representative at Fraser Paper, he prided himself on being a tough but fair advocate for workers and on maintaining a respectful relationship between workers and management.

“My father always taught me to know and respect where you’re from, to know and respect the people in your community, and to always take care of them,” said Theriault. “The culture of Aroostook County is in my blood, and I never forget it.”

Rep. Theriault lives in Madawaska with his wife, Patsy, a retired librarian. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Senate District 1 is a new district created by Maine’s Constitutionally-mandated re-districting. It includes all communities in the former Senate District 35 as well as the communities of Ashland, Masardis, and Oxbow Plantation.

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Sen. Jim Boyle (D-Cumberland) Announces Campaign for Re-Election

Posted on February 17, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Via press release:

    Senator Boyle Announces Campaign for Re-Election

      Will continue work to strengthen small businesses and protect Maine’s environment

BoyleGORHAM – Citing the difficult political climate in Augusta and the need to continue working on economic development, today Democratic Senator Jim Boyle of Gorham announced his campaign for re-election in the new Senate District 30, which includes all of Gorham, and most of the communities of Buxton and Scarborough.

“When I first ran in 2012, I said that Maine needs leaders with the experience and willingness to champion economic growth while protecting the natural beauty and heritage that makes Maine such a great place to work, live, and raise a family,”
said Senator Boyle. “This has been my guiding principle since being elected. I am proud of the bipartisan work I have done to move Maine forward, and am running for re-election because there is much more still to do.”

In Augusta, Senator Boyle has been a strong supporter of restoring revenue sharing to local communities, and accepting federal funds to expand health care to nearly 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans. He also sponsored legislation later incorporated into LD 90, a first-of-its-kind workforce development bill, to make it easier for students who didn’t finish college to return to complete their degrees and develop the skills necessary for new jobs in emerging industries.

“Having witnessed firsthand the political climate in Augusta, I am more convinced than ever that it needs to change,” said Senator Boyle. “I have made it a point to work with members of all parties on policies that make sense for Mainers, including job growth, access to affordable health care, and protecting our natural resources.”

As the Senate Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Boyle successfully negotiated a bipartisan compromise on important solid waste legislation that will lead to increased recycling and a reduction of solid waste in landfills.

“Senator Boyle has been an amazing asset to the Maine Senate,” said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Anne Haskell of Portland. “He pays attention to the communities he represents, and is skilled at working across the aisle to achieve positive results for his district and the state.”

Senator Boyle owns and operates Boyle Associates, an environmental consulting firm. He cites his experience as both a small business owner and a senator as reasons for seeking a second term.

“People here at home call us ‘Augusta.’ They don’t differentiate between Democrats and Republicans, or the House and the Senate. They depend on us to do right for them and their towns, no matter our party or where we serve,”
added Senator Boyle. “It’s a good approach, and one I take to my work both in Augusta and at home.”

Senator Boyle graduated from the University of Maine in 1980, and lives near the Presumpscot River in North Gorham with his partner, Sue, and their two dogs. He has two grown children, Jared and Lindsay.

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Rep. Nate Libby Announces Candidacy for Senate District 21

Posted on February 17, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

From his press release:

NATE Libby

    Rep. Nate Libby Announces Candidacy for State Senate

      Will be a forceful advocate for Lewiston

LEWISTON – Rep. Nate Libby (D-Lewiston) will launch his campaign for State Senate District 21, which comprises the city of Lewiston, at Museum LA, 35 Canal Street, Lewiston, on Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00 AM.

“I’m excited for the challenge and opportunity of serving the people of Lewiston in the Senate,”
said Rep. Libby. “We need strong leadership in Augusta and I’ll be a forceful advocate for our city and its people.”

The senate seat is currently held by Democratic Senator Margaret Craven of Lewiston, who announced she is retiring after 12 years of service in the Legislature in order to care for her ailing husband. Senator Craven is endorsing Rep. Libby as her replacement.

“I am pleased to support Nate Libby for this seat,” said Senator Craven. “He will bring a great deal of energy to the Senate, and I know he will always put Lewiston first.”

Rep. Libby is completing his first term in the Maine House of Representatives and has been serving on the Lewiston City Council since 2012.

In the Legislature, Rep. Libby serves on the Taxation Committee where he co-sponsored legislation for comprehensive tax reform. He has also worked to restore revenue sharing, expand access to Pre-K education, and make health insurance more affordable.

He serves on the board of Androscoggin Head Start, the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council, Lewiston’s Community Development Committee, and the working group for Lewiston’s first universally accessible playground.

Rep. Libby is a graduate of Bates College and works as a consultant and landlord in Lewiston-Auburn. He is married to Andrea and has a four year old son, Jude.

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