Not long after announcing the end of her Maine gubernatorial bid, Green Lynne Williams has announced that she will be running for State Senate. Williams is also a community activist and ran for State House in 2004, garnering almost 13 percent of the vote. The announcement posted on her website:
The Maine Green Independent Party’s Legislative Recruitment Committee did an excellent job this year, and will have 18 Legislative candidates on the November ballot. All of these candidates, as well as many volunteers, worked hard to collect nomination signatures to make this happen.
One of those candidates was Michael Good of Bar Harbor, who filed as the Green Party’s candidate for State Senate District 28. Michael is a well know naturalist who operates Down East Nature Tours This will be his 17th year in the business of guiding personalized birdwatching and ecology field trips around Bar Harbor and the Gulf of Maine.
Michael would have made an excellent state senator, but he has decided he cannot afford to take time away from his business, so he has informed the Party he is withdrawing as a candidate. Many in the Party urged me to take his place on the ballot, and I am excited to announce that I will be running for the District 28 State Senate seat.
This is an open seat, currently held by Dennis Damon, who cannot run for re-election because of the state’s term-limits law.
District 28 might well be the “greenest” seat in the state. Our gubernatorial candidates in the last two elections have gotten vote totals significantly above their statewide total percentages. And people in this district have truly brought to life our Ten Key Values. We are the second healthiest county in the state; our per capita vote total on No on One last November was the highest in the state; we are a district of small retail, fishing, farming and recreational vendors. Farmers markets and community-supported agriculture are prevalent. College of the Atlantic is a key presence, as are our the natural food stores, coops and alternative healers.
I am very well known in part of the district, my home Mount Desert Island. I serve on the Bar Harbor Planning Board, and was previously on the Bar Harbor Conservation Commission. I am a volunteer for the Friends of Acadia, working on their annual gala fundraiser. I teach occasional courses at the College of the Atlantic. I have mentored students at Mount Desert Island High School. And my legal work on behalf of community groups that are fighting inappropriate development is well known.
District 28 (see map) includes part of the Blue Hill Peninsula, Mount Desert Island, the Schoodic Peninsula, the towns of Ellsworth, Hancock, and Sullivan, and the island, including the Cranberrys, Frenchboro, Swans and Isle au Haut. I am already on the road throughout the district, meeting folks and attending events.
As always, I will continue speaking out about the issues that concern me, particularly the right of self-determination for local communities and local school districts, preventing inappropriate industrial development from invading our rural communities, supporting local foodscapes, and ensuring that farmers and fishing families are able to create sustainable businesses.
Augusta is broken. The power elite in Augusta are more interested in ensuring lobbying jobs for themselves when they are termed out than in reaching out to our communities and hearing what they need, rather than telling them what to do, and what will happen to them if they “disobey.” As just one example, forced school consolidation was a fiasco. One size does not fit all. I will go to Augusta as an outsider, as the candidate in the race who is not part of the problem, but can be part of the solution.
(H/T to Marnie at GreenChange)