Candidate Maine Legislative District # 130
Bucksport and Orrington
A Brief Biography
I was born in Belfast, Maine on July 19, 1951 during a huge lightening storm according to my mother. My family consisted of my parents, a brother five years older and a sister nine years older. We lived on a 20 acre farm in Waldo. When I was 15 my parents and I moved to Lincoln due to my father’s work and a promotion to manager of an auto parts store. I graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1969
I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970 and served 2 years active duty. This experience opened my eyes and my mind to how we have to work together as a team to accomplish worthwhile goals. It was the GI Bill that allowed me to earn a bachelor’s degree from Husson College (now Husson University). My health care is provided thanks to the Veteran’s Administration.
I’ve maintained a career in finance for most of the 40 plus years of earning a living. I’ve been the finance director at the Waldo County YMCA for the last 14 years and am planning on retiring from that position around the end of 2018.
I’ve lived in Bucksport for just over 14 years with my life partner Anna. Initially we moved here to help care for her mother Jane who was having difficulty maintaining her home. We decided to purchase the home after Jane’s death. Since then we’ve been living the American Dream.
Reason for Running: I think we can do better and we can be better. We can treat people with respect and fairness. We can better protect our most vulnerable citizens. We can provide better opportunities in education, job training and small business start ups and expansions. We can have better access to affordable health care that includes vision, dental and addiction treatment. We can be better stewards of our one and only environment. We can be better at having civil and respectful discussions when we disagree. We can be better citizens and be more involved in our communities. Regardless of our own current situation, we can be better.
I’m stepping up to do my part to help of us in Bucksport and Orrington have a state government that ensures we have fair and open opportunity to pursue and achieve our dreams of a better today and a brighter future for ourselves, children and grandchildren.
For most of my adult life thus far, I’ve been an independent voter enrolled in no political party. Bernie changed that for me. In February 2016, I joined the Democratic Party so I could better support Bernie’s message of hope and a better life for all Americans not just the privileged few. I was elected as a delegate for Bernie to the state convention in 2016. It was a rousing time and the air was electrified. I am running for the legislature now so I and the many people that are supporting me can carry on the message of hope for a better life. Working together we will prove that Maine is a place where we create good paying jobs, protect the environment, provide racial and social justice and have affordable and accessible health care for all Maine people.
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