Portland Mayor Mike Brennan Kicks Off Re-Election Bid; Formally Submits Nominating Petitions

Posted on August 18, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

From the Brennan for Mayor campaign:

    Mayor Brennan Formally Submits Nominating Petitions

    PORTLAND Mayor Michael Brennan formally submitted over 350 signatures today to secure his place on the ballot in this November’s mayoral election. Brennan is the first candidate to officially submit his nomination petitions and serves as the city’s first popularly elected mayor in nearly nine decades.

    Portland Mayor Mike Brennan submits 350 signatures for re-election.

    Portland Mayor Mike Brennan submits 350 signatures for re-election.

    “Portland needs and deserves a mayor that truly cares about this city. That’s why I ran 4 years ago and that’s exactly why I’m seeking re-election. Collecting these signatures has been a great opportunity to talk directly to Portlanders about the issues that face our city,” said Brennan.

    As the city’s top elected official, Mayor Brennan has implemented several initiatives designed to encourage economic development and job creation as well as support and strengthen the city’s diverse neighborhoods. He represents the city’s interests in Augusta and Washington D.C. where he advocates for the city, its residents and businesses.

    brennan petition 2“We must continue to grow as a city and community if we want to have a future for our children and grandchildren. Our growth can be measured in low unemployment, business creation and commercial development. At the same time, our growth must be measured by increased compassion, commitment to diversity and finding common ground to resolve disagreements,” said Brennan. “I’m running for another term to ensure that Portland is a prosperous, inclusive community that maintains its place as Maine’s economic and cultural center.”

Before becoming Portland’s mayor, Brennan served many previous terms in the Maine State Legislature (House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000 and in the Senate from 2002 to 2006). He chaired the Education Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee and the Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform, as well as served as Senate Majority Leader.

Brennan lives in Portland with his wife, Joan Martay. They have two grown children, Travis and Ryan.

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Former State Senator Ethan Strimling Announces Campaign for Portland Mayor

Posted on August 18, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

His campaign press release:

    Ethan Strimling announces run for Mayor of Portland

    Today, Ethan Strimling stood with his wife, friends and supporters in front of Learning Works in the West End, where he’s worked for the past 18 years to announce his plans to run for mayor of Portland.

    Ethan Strimling announcing his candidacy as Mayor of Portland during a press conference.

    Ethan Strimling announcing his candidacy as Mayor of Portland during a press conference.

    In his remarks, Strimling noted that he has been spending time listening to what Portland residents from all walks of life are saying about their hopes for the city and their vision for its future.

    “People want to be able to say: ‘I’m raising my kids in Portland because we have the best schools in the state. I work in Portland because it is where I found a great job that pays a livable wage. And I live in Portland because it’s affordable, safe and has a great quality of life.

    Strimling closed his remarks by saying, “As Mayor, my job will be to bring all of us together to build a vision for our city that we can achieve. We know we are stronger together, because only when we are united can we achieve our greatest potential.”

Ethan Strimling, who served in the 122-4th Maine State Legislature, had previously lost the Portland mayoral race to incumbent Michael Brennan in 2011. That race had a field of 19 candidates seeking the office. More about him from his campaign:

Ethan Strimling speaking with WCSH colleague reporter Pat Callahan, prior to 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' town hall in Portland.

Ethan Strimling speaking with WCSH colleague reporter Pat Callaghan, prior to 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ town hall in Portland.

    Ethan is the director of LearningWorks, a non-profit that provides learning opportunities for at-risk youth, the immigrant community, and low-income families in Portland, Maine and regionally. Ethan has led LearningWorks for almost two decades, spearheading its transformation from a small Portland neighborhood advocacy group to a life-changing multi-million dollar organization that provides the best learning opportunities in Maine to the communities it serves.

    Ethan is a Senior Political Analyst for WCSH/WLBZ TV and The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram where he co-authors the weekly opinion column, Agree to Disagree. From 2002 – 2008, Ethan served in the Maine State Senate as Chair of the Labor Committee, Criminal Justice Committee, and the Homeland Security Task Force, while also serving on Taxation for six years. Prior to, he ran a national Political Action Committee focused on electing young leaders and provided policy analysis to Maine US Congressman Tom Andrews.

    Ethan lives in Portland with his wife, Mary.

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Cathy Breen of Falmouth (Finally) Wins Long-Contested Senate District 25 Race

Posted on December 18, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Was the dispute less about the Senate and more about back room shenanigans?

Chair Senator Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) asks Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn a question during Tuesday's hearing. Also pictured (L-R) Senators Stan Gerzofsky, Garrett Mason, Bill Diamond, Dawn Hill, Andre Cushing and Tom Saviello.

Chair Senator Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) asks Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn a question during Tuesday’s hearing. Also pictured (L-R) Senators Stan Gerzofsky, Garrett Mason, Bill Diamond, Dawn Hill, Andre Cushing and Tom Saviello.

Maine got a preview of what to expect in 2015 thanks to the now-resolved “Who won Senate District 25?” question last week. For a month, Mainers had speculated as to what occurred. It seemed impossible that 12% more ballots than actual participating voters materialized out of thin air; something funky had to have happened. But what? No one knew for sure, but everyone had an opinion.

A petition calling for officials to “investigate potential voter fraud” garnered 3200 signatures. Representative Janice Cooper (D-Yarmouth) took a sterner approach:

    “One of two things has to happen to put this matter to rest: the state attorney general or the U.S. Attorney should immediately conduct a thorough, independent criminal investigation of the circumstances of this discrepancy, one that involves questioning all relevant witnesses under oath and forensic experts.”

Senate President Mike Thibodeau went against Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s recommendations by provisionally seating Manchester:

    “The fact of the matter is that we have had a recount and the results of that recount left Cathy Manchester as the apparent winner. Because some folks are not happy with that outcome, they’re throwing around some pretty wild accusations.”

Why the rush? Simply put, Republicans needed her vote later that same day on the Constitutional officers, as they were within one vote of replacing Attorney General Janet T. Mills. Seating Manchester gave one more vote to their surprise candidate, Bill Logan, the GOP recount attorney.

Got that? Manchester was quickly shoved into office so she could vote for her own lawyer. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Thibodeau eventually named a seven member Investigative Committee. Spoiler alert: Democrat Cathy Breen’s originally reported 32 vote lead held.

Tuesday’s public hearing was held in the packed Legislative Council chamber with only live audio feed available for those not in the room.

Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn was the first witness. Sworn in before a room full of media, lawyers, candidates and election officials, armed with a 4″ binder full of documentation and 25 years of recount experience, she confidently gave detailed testimony for hours. Frankly, it was pretty dry stuff and with 30 people scheduled to speak after her, a quick resolution seemed unlikely.

To break it down, imagine the 171 ballots as a deck of cards, but divided into 3 piles of 50 with a leftover stack of 21. Take each stack individually and divide into 3 smaller groups: Breen, Manchester and Other (No Votes). Write down the results from that first group, rinse and repeat for the rest of the stacks, then add them up. Long Island officials tallied 95 Breen, 65 Manchester and 11 Other equaling 171 votes cast, but the Augusta recount team came up with 21 more for Manchester, totaling 192. The ballots had been bundled with tally sheets designated as “A1, A2, A3 and A4″.

One 50 ballot lot had a total of 21 votes for Manchester, catching the eye of former Secretary of State Senator Bill Diamond (D-Windham). He remarked to Flynn, “On A3… it just jumped out at me, because Manchester had 21 votes … is there any way… that number could be, could have been… is there anything unusual about that number?”

Flynn had no answer and appeared momentarily flustered. She did not answer and continued to discuss the next lot.

The committee decided next to examine the ballots and it was quickly surmised that Diamond’s instincts had been spot-on, as the first lot had only 29 ballots instead of 50. A second recount immediately confirmed the 21 A3 ballots had been added in twice.

Manchester addressed the senators to announce her intention to offer a formal letter of resignation to President Thibodeau and congratulated Senator-elect Breen on her win.

The governor issued a statement, “I thank Senate President Thibodeau for his integrity throughout this process, in which liberals falsely accused Republicans of trying to manipulate the election with so-called ‘phantom ballots’. President Thibodeau followed the proper procedure to ensure the electoral process was upheld while awaiting the final decision from the Senate committee. It is unfortunate that Cathy Manchester had to endure a situation that was created entirely by the Secretary of State’s office during the recount.”

As for Thibodeau, his only response was, “You can’t read my word balloon, man.”

The Senate will meet in January and will have to vote to seat Breen.


(Published in the 12/18/14 edition of DigPortland)

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Incoming 127th Maine Legislature Picks Leaders (UPDATED w/ Statements)

Posted on November 13, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Majority Leader Garrett Mason and Asst Majority Leader Andre Cushing

Senate President Mike Thibodeau (Waldo), Majority Leader Garrett Mason (Androscoggin) and Asst Majority Leader Andre Cushing (Penobscot)

Last week, the Republicans in both legislative chambers of the Maine State House selected their leadership.

With Friday’s recount of Senate District 11 between Sen. Mike Thibodeau of Waldo and challenger Jonathan Fulford of Monroe concluding that the district re-elected the incumbent by a 135 vote margin, the make-up of the Senate Majority leadership team selected last week will be: Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Majority Leader Garrett Mason and Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing. Each issued statements:

Senate President Mike Thibodeau:“I cannot begin to express what this means to me. It is a true honor to be chosen by such an outstanding group of people to lead not only them, but the entire Maine Senate.

“At the same time, I recognize it is an awesome responsibility. The people of Maine spoke very clearly in this week’s election. They are demanding action on critical issues such as job creation, energy costs, and welfare reform. We cannot let them down. Delivering real results will take the efforts of both Republicans and Democrats to put their partisan differences aside and work in a collaborative manner on behalf of the people of Maine. It is what we were elected to do and we must rise to the challenge.”

Majority Leader Garrett Mason: “I am very honored to have earned the trust of my Republican colleagues who chose me to be the majority leader. I look forward to working with my fellow senators, members of the House of Representatives, and Governor LePage to find real solutions for the people of Maine.”

Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing: “I am looking forward to the opportunity to go to work on the agenda items that are most important to the citizens of Maine.”

As has been noted in the past, both Thibodeau and Cushing have long-standing ties to ALEC, as do a number of other returning Maine GOP senators and incoming Kim Rosen, wife of former State Senator Richard Rosen of Bucksport.

Over in the House, Republicans chose to retain 126th Minority Leader Ken Fredette of Newport to serve again in the 127th in that office and replace outgoing Alex Willette, who resigned to take a position with the LePage re-election campaign, with Rep. Eleanor Espling of New Gloucester.

Speaker of the House Mark Eves, , Majority Leader Jeff McCabe and Asst Majority Leader Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House Mark Eves (N. Berwick), Majority Leader Jeff McCabe (Skowhegan) and Asst Majority Leader Sara Gideon (Freeport)

On Wednesday, Democrats held separate caucuses to select their leaders. The House Democrats had lost a few seats in the recently concluded elections, but managed to retain their majority.

While Speaker of the House Mark Eves was not challenged for his seat, the other two leadership positions went up to votes by the caucus, with Rep. Barry Hobbins going up against Assistant Majority Leader Jeff McCabe for the Majority Leader spot last held by termed-out Rep. Seth Berry (Bowdoinham), and 126th freshmen Rep. Lori Lister Fowle (Vassalboro) taking on Rep. Sara Gideon (Freeport) for McCabe’s chair. Ultimately the body selected McCabe and Gideon to join Eves as their 127th Legislative leaders.

Speaker of the House Mark Eves: “It is an honor and privilege to lead our strong and historic 83 seat majority. With Election Day behind us, now is the time govern. We must come together with Governor LePage and our Republican colleagues to address the challenges we face as a state. We cannot allow the partisan battles of the past dictate our future.

“Too much is at stake for leaders to put their party ideology ahead of common sense solutions. Democrats and Republicans can see eye to eye on smart and strategic investments in our state, on property tax relief, on lowering energy costs and helping seniors and veterans. We must focus on areas of common ground, not conflict.”

Majority Leader Jeff McCabe: “We need to move Maine forward and do everything we can to improve the lives of Mainers. We must establish an economic message and policy that works statewide. The voters sent us a message on Election Day. They don’t care about party labels or partisan ideology. They care about government that works.”

Asst Majority Leader Sara Gideon: “Now that these long and divisive campaigns are over, it’s time to show the people of Maine that we are about action, that Democrats will deliver while holding steadfast to our values, that Democrats own the idea of prosperity for everyone. We will work with all our strength to protect the values of Maine people: women’s economic security and basic rights, workers’ ability to organize, a clean and sustainable environment and the integrity of excellent public school systems.”

The Senate-elect Democrats, who saw their 18 majority shrink to a 15 seat minority last week, held a caucus Wednesday evening in Hallowell.

Democratic Senators congratulate Dawn Hill as being selected as Assistant Minority Leader. To her right is Senator Justin Alfond, who will be moving from the podium as exiting Senate President to serve as Minority Leader for the upcoming 127th legislative session.

Democratic Senators congratulate Dawn Hill as being selected as Assistant Minority Leader. To her right is Senator Justin Alfond, who will be moving from the podium as exiting Senate President to serve as Minority Leader for the upcoming 127th legislative session.

They chose outgoing Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland to serve as their Minority Leader in the upcoming 127th legislative session. Alfond is in his final term and served in the 125th Legislature as Assistant Minority Leader to then-Senator Barry Hobbins’ Minority Leader.

Senator Dawn Hill of Cape Neddick, who chaired the 126th Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee and was honored as Emerge Maine’s Woman of the Year along with fellow AFA Chair Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston, was chosen to serve as Assistant Minority Leader for the next two years.

Minority Leader Senator Justin Alfond:“Even though, as Democrats, our political beliefs may be different from Paul LePage and Republicans in the Legislature, there are areas in which we agree–and we must build off of that common ground in order to serve the Maine people. I will extend my hand with to Governor LePage, Senate President-elect Thibodeau and others to find that common ground and forge the relationships needed to move ideas forward that work for Maine people.”

Asst Minority Leader Dawn Hill: (sent a message of listening to her fellow lawmakers to ensure that) “we all carry the distinct stories and values of our districts. Listening is how we define our plan and our purpose going forward.”

The 127th Legislature will be sworn into office on December 3 by Governor Paul LePage.

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Incumbent State Senator John Tuttle Declared Winner of Senate District 33 (York Co) Democratic Primary in Recount, 843-822

Posted on June 19, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

In the second of two election recounts requested post- June 10th primary (Ralph Tucker was announced as the winner of House District 50 yesterday), incumbent State Senator John L. Tuttle led challenger Representative Andrea M. Boland by a margin of 841 votes to 821 votes in the Senate District 33 Democratic primary. SD 33 formerly SD 3, was redistricted and now contains the towns of Cornish, Parsonfield, Limerick, Newfield, Waterboro, Shapleigh and Sanford. Sanford, which previously included seven wards, is now divided up into three precincts.

DSC_0006After re-examination of the ballots, Tuttle picked up 2 votes to Boland’s 1 additional vote and was declared the winner, 843-822. He will go on to face political newcomer Republican Adam McGee of Sanford in the November general election.

Each released statements immediately after the tallies were certified:

    “I want to thank Representative Boland for running a great campaign and making me a better candidate,” said Senator Tuttle. “This election will be about who will be the best voice for working families in York County. I look forward to continuing to meet with and listen to voters in every community in this district.”

    Representative Andrea Boland (D-Sanford), who was the second-place finisher, thanked her supporters.

    “I congratulate Senator Tuttle for winning the primary,” Representative Boland said.

Some background information regarding recounts in Maine provided by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office recently reads:

    “Maine law requires that a recount must be requested before any ballot boxes can be retrieved or other procedures for a recount are initiated. There is no threshold for an automatic recount in Maine law.

    Following the request for a recount, the Secretary of State works with the Maine State Police to retrieve the sealed ballot boxes and other election material from the municipal election officials of the affected precincts, and they are secured at the Maine State Police headquarters in Augusta. Candidates provide counting teams who are supervised by the Secretary of State, and candidates can have legal representation to help resolve issues around disputed ballots. Once the recount is complete, the candidates can agree to the result or, if the result remains in dispute, they would then appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for a resolution. In the general election, legislative disputes would be resolved by the Legislature.

    Under Maine law, candidates who appear to have lost an election can request a recount in writing within five business days of the election. If the margin of defeat is less than 2%, then the candidate can request the recount free of charge. If the margin of defeat is greater than 2%, the law requires the candidate to pay a deposit that is refunded if the apparent result from Election Day is overturned. If the margin of defeat is greater than 2% but less than 4%, the deposit required is $500. If the margin is greater than 4% but less than 6%, the deposit is $1,000; the maximum deposit for a recount is $10,000 for margins of defeat to be recounted of 10% or greater.”

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Ralph L. Tucker of Brunswick Holds 10 Vote Lead in Recount, Declared Winner of HD 50 Democratic Primary

Posted on June 18, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The first of two Democratic primary recounts, that of House District 50 (parts of Brunswick), was conducted at the Department of Public Safety headquarters in Augusta today. When all votes were tallied by volunteer members of the public and overseen by the Secretary of State’s office, Ralph L. Tucker won over Jacqueline A. (Jackie) Sartoris, 432-442, the same result totals as calculated after the June 10th primary election.

Ralph L. Tucker of Brunswick

Ralph L. Tucker of Brunswick

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap praised both candidates for their commitment to the process, and thanked Brunswick town clerk Fran Smith and her staff for an expertly-run election. “Both candidates were gratified by the process and the expertise of state elections officials, and given the clear due diligence shown by Brunswick town election officials, the recount was very smooth with no surprises,” said Dunlap.

Tucker, a retired Maine District Court judge, will now go up against Republican Mark Holbrook in November. House District 50, which includes portions of Brunswick, is an open seat as Rep. Charlie Priest is termed out.

Link here to his Tucker for House website and campaign Facebook page.

Tomorrow at 10 am comes the recount for Senate District 33 between incumbent State Senator John Tuttle and challenger Rep. Andrea M. Boland. Tuttle holds a 20 vote lead currently in that race.

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Former Hallowell Mayor David Bustin To Run For State Senate District 14

Posted on February 18, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Via press release:


HALLOWELL, Maine – Former Hallowell Mayor David Bustin announced Monday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for State Senate District 14 (formerly 21), which includes the communities of Gardiner, Winthrop, Readfield, Manchester, Monmouth, Randolph, West Gardiner, Farmingdale, Pittston, Chelsea, and Hallowell.

Bustin B&W Headshot Original Size“My priorities include serving as a voice for working people and senior citizens under financial pressure from rising prices and stagnant incomes, standing up for our children who deserve a quality education to meet their futures, ensuring affordable health care for all, and representing the leaders of our cities and towns who struggle to govern with limited resources,” Bustin said.

Rick Dosedlo of Winthrop had the following to say about Bustin stepping up to serve, “I am excited that David is making this commitment. He is just the type of reasonable leader our region needs.”

Bustin served eight years in the Maine House of Representatives and was State Commissioner of Personnel under Governor Joseph Brennan. Now a member of the State Panel of Mediators, Bustin works on disputes in municipalities, school districts and within the agriculture industry.

“My experience as a mediator has taught me that agreements are reached by identifying common ground and shared goals. Compromise cannot be reached by shouting and name calling. Maine people expect hard work and leadership in dealing with the needs of our state,” Bustin said.

Bustin currently serves as a trustee of the Greater Augusta Utility District. His private sector experience includes serving as the Director of Labor Relations for Central Maine Power Company and he owned and operated the Kennebec Wharf in Hallowell for seven years before selling the business in 2009.

Bustin is running as a clean election candidate.

For more information visit:
www.BustinForSenate.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BustinForSenate.

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Former Attorney General Michael Carpenter Announces Campaign for State Senate District 2

Posted on February 18, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Via press release:

Former Attorney General Announces Campaign for State Senate
Mike Carpenter wants to restore integrity in Maine Government

HOULTON – Citing a desire to restore trust and transparency in state government, former Maine Attorney General Michael Carpenter of Houlton announced his candidacy for the State Senate in the new District 2. The district includes southern and central Aroostook County, including the communities of Presque Isle and Houlton, and several communities in northern Penobscot County, including Lee and Patten.

Mike-CarpenterIn his announcement, Carpenter cited two primary reasons for running: 1) restoring ethics and accountability in state government; and 2) standing up for Northern Maine’s economy and its communities.

“Our state cannot function if Mainers do not trust their government,”
said Carpenter. “I served as Attorney General when Maine last had a Republican governor, and I was proud of the work we did together to promote transparency and accountability in government. I fear that the state has moved backwards in recent years, with the recent case of document shredding at the CDC as an example. We must restore transparency to move our state forward. I have shown I can work with people of good faith, regardless of their political philosophy.”

Carpenter, who won two Bronze Stars for his U.S. Army service in Vietnam, served as Maine’s Attorney General for four years. “During that time the political climate was not good but my office moved between the factions, including Governor McKernan and the legislative Democrats without major problems. The parties have to be able to work together for the good of the State.”

Prior to that, Carpenter served in the Maine House and Senate for twelve years, including two as Assistant Senate Majority Leader.

“If elected, I will put my experience to work immediately and stand up for Northern Maine communities,”
said Carpenter. “We must maintain the revenue sharing promise we made to our towns, invest in quality jobs for Maine workers, and expand healthcare coverage to 70,000 Mainers (including 3,000 veterans).”

Carpenter continued, “Maine is at a crossroads, and citizens can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines. Northern Maine needs strong leadership in the Senate, and I believe I can.”

Carpenter is a lifelong Aroostook resident, is married to Joanne Carpenter and they have three children. In addition to his law practice, Carpenter and his family operate Carriages of Acadia, a national park concession managed by his daughter, Emily in Acadia National Park from May to October.

Carpenter is running as a Clean Elections candidate and will not accept outside money.

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Cathy Breen Announces State Senate District 25 Campaign Run, Earns Early Endorsements

Posted on February 18, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

From a press release:

    FALMOUTH, Maine- Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, former two-time chairwoman of the Falmouth Town Council, recently announced she is running for the State Senate seat currently held by Dick Woodbury. Woodbury has announced he is not seeking re-election. Senate District 25 encompasses the municipalities of Gray, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, part of Westbrook, Chebeague Island, and Long Island.

    cathy breen sd 21“It’s an exciting time to enter state government because Maine faces so many challenges and opportunities. I hope to bring my practical experience and passion for public service to Augusta. I’d be honored to represent the citizens of Senate District 25,“ said Breen in a press release.

    “Cathy is a passionate public servant who has experience advocating successfully for her community,” said Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, said in a press release. “Her voice and her values would make her a welcome addition to the Maine Senate.”

    Breen was a strong proponent of controlled growth and conservation of open space on the Falmouth Town Council from 2005-2011. She shepherded the passage of the 2007 Open Space referendum, one of the most successful local land and wildlife habitat conservation efforts in Maine history. In addition, Breen consistently championed low property tax rates.

    Breen promoted improved efficiency in local and regional services during her six years as Falmouth’s representative on the Greater Portland Council of Governments. A strong advocate for public transit including Metro bus service in Falmouth, Breen participated in long-term transportation planning with the Coastal Corridor Coalition composed of Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth and Freeport.

    Breen brings traditional Democratic values to the issues, supporting high quality public education, economic growth that respects Maine’s natural resources, open and efficient government, increased access to quality health care, marriage equality, and economic security for Mainers of all income levels. She supports the expansion of Medicaid to all eligible Mainers and the restoration of state revenue sharing with municipalities.

    She serves on the Board of Directors of Spurwink Services, a statewide organization that serves children and adults with behavioral and mental health needs and developmental disabilities.

    Breen has lived in Falmouth since 2000. She received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a master’s of education from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is married to attorney Jay S. Geller and has two teen-aged children.

Via Cathy Breen for State Senate Facebook page:

The Cathy Breen for State Senate Campaign was honored to earn the early endorsements of State Representatives Mark Dion, Ann Peoples, Mary Nelson and Anne Graham.


    In an unusual move in a contested Democratic primary, four state legislators have endorsed Cathy Breen for State Senate now that her candidacy is official. She filed her petitions last week.

    The legislators represent municipalities in District 25, which encompasses Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Gray, Chebeague Island, Long Island and northern Westbrook.

    Breen was a Falmouth Town Councilor for six years, two of them as chair.

    She is opposed by Stephen Woods, who ran as an independent for U.S. Senate in 2012 and withdrew shortly before Election Day. Within a month, he announced as a Democratic candidate for governor but later pulled out when U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud entered the race.

    “I support Cathy Breen’s candidacy for the State Senate because we need someone who is smart, experienced and sensitive to the needs of Maine’s working families,” said Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland. “Cathy will add vision, value and insight to Democratic leadership in our Statehouse.”

    “I enthusiastically endorse Cathy,” said Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Falmouth. “As a Town Councilor, she helped ensure that Falmouth has high-quality public schools and built partnerships between government, the private sector, and community organizations. I know she will listen, carefully evaluate, and work tirelessly to expand economic opportunity and make state government work for her constituents.”

    “I’m endorsing Cathy Breen because of her leadership in support of mass transit which saves energy and cuts transportation costs for riders,” said Rep. Ann Peoples, D-Westbrook, who serves on the Legislature’s Transportation Committee. “She advocated for the Metro bus in Falmouth for six years and participated in regional long-term transportation planning along the coast, from Falmouth to Freeport. We need her expertise in the Senate.”

    Rep. Anne Graham, D-North Yarmouth, also strongly supports Breen. “She will work for health care for all and particularly for families who struggle to make ends meet. Cathy will hit the ground running and will work for all the people in her district as she did when she was a Town Councilor.”

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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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