Monica Castellanos Announces Candidacy for House District 86 Seat

Posted on March 20, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Via press release:

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    FORMER MICHAUD AIDE AND AUGUSTA SELF-EMPLOYED BUSINESSWOMAN LAUNCHES LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN FOCUSED ON JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY

Augusta, ME – Democrat and self-employed small businesswoman Monica Castellanos announced her campaign had submitted the necessary signatures to appear on the ballot to represent House District 86, covering neighborhoods on the west and north sides of the city.

Born and raised in Maine, Castellanos has spent the past 20 years working on state and federal issues, advocacy and economic development. Her career path and current bid for State House, she said, were inspired by her experiences growing up in neighboring Gardiner, where she was raised by a young single mother who often struggled to make ends meet.

photo (13)“Economic opportunity, access to education and affordable health care are not distant political issues to me and to far too many other Mainers,” said Castellanos. “As a self-employed businesswoman, I know firsthand the challenges of building a business and the uncertainty of being without health insurance. I also understand how one medical bill can wreak havoc that takes years to overcome.”

Launching her small business several years ago, Castellanos now works with Maine businesses and organizations across the state, including many that are involved with economic development. Prior to that, she worked as an advocate for women’s health care and the environment. She also served nearly eight years as a senior member of Congressman Mike Michaud’s staff.

Castellanos said restoring a positive sense of community and a willingness to work together will be a central theme in her campaign. Only then, she said, can state government focus on creating jobs and opportunity for the people of Maine.

“I believe it is time to end the politics of name calling and blame so that we can get back to working together for the good of our state,” she said. “I am committed to improving Maine’s economy and everyday life for our hardworking families. I look forward to meeting and listening to people about their ideas to increase prosperity and opportunity in our community.”

Castellanos attended the University of Maine at Farmington. She serves as Vice-President of the Westside Neighbors and on the Kennebec Valley Humane Society Board of Directors. More information on her bid for the Maine House of Representatives can be found at www.facebook.com/monicaformaine.

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