Former legislative aide to elected Maine Green John Eder running for state rep.

From the Forecaster:

PORTLAND — House District 119 will elect a new state representative on Nov. 2.

Rep. Herbert Adams, D-Portland, cannot run because of term limits.

Democrat Jill A. Barkley, of High Street, is facing independent Benjamin Chipman, of Mayo Street,  for the seat that represents Parkside, Bayside and East Bayside…

Chipman, 35, has worked for the last 15 years as a self-employed public policy advocate. He worked as a legislative aid to former Rep. John Eder, a Green Independent, from 2002-2006 and has been an activist in the Green party, although he is on the ballot this year as an independent.

In 2005, he was acquitted by a York County Superior Court jury of charges he and other Green workers commited campaign fraud in the distribution of absentee ballots to elderly residents of Biddeford during a special legislative election in 2004.

Chipman, who holds a liberal arts degree from the University of Maine, was elected to the Portland Charter Commission last year and has served on the city’s Downtown Noise and Polling Place task forces.

Chipman said his prior work in Augusta makes him the best candidate for the job.

“There’s a steep learning curve,” he said. “It took me a year to figure things out. I will be more effective than your average freshman legislator, for sure.”

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