BDN: Fifteen Maine Green Independents make ballot for State Legislature

By Chris Ledue Shorr, Bangor Daily News

This year’s November election will feature a whopping fifteen candidates from the Maine Green Independent Party running for seats in Augusta.

I caught up with one of the candidates for State Representative, Chairman of the Portland Green Independent CommitteeTom MacMillan, to get his reaction to the great showing for the party (of which I am a proud member):

Tom MacMillan, Chairman of the Portland Green Independent Committee, is running for the District 38 seat in the Maine House of Representatives.

Tom MacMillan, Chairman of the Portland Green Independent Committee, is running for the District 38 seat in the Maine House of Representatives.

“I am excited and honored to have so many outstanding Greens running for office in Portland and statewide this year. We are a party based on principles, not political expediency. Despite having no paid organizers or circulators, every Portland voter can confidently vote for one or more Green candidate for legislature. We have four house candidates running in the seven house districts, so a majority of Portland residents can vote for two candidates.”

Another of the Greens on the ballot is Portland resident Sam Chandler, a recent USM grad running for State Representative in District 36. In his first time seeking elected office, Chandler is excited to be running as a member of the Maine Greens:

Sam Chandler is a Maine Green Independent Party candidate running for Maine State Rep. in District 36

Sam Chandler is a Maine Green Independent Party candidate running for Maine State Rep. in District 36

“I believe that the majority of people are seeking candidates that can serve in office free from big party and corporate control. They want somebody who listens to, and speaks on behalf of, the people.”

MacMillan likes the party’s chances come Election Day, and feels confident that voters will respond positively to the values that Greens bring to the ballot:

“Voting for Green candidates means voting for the world most people want: a vibrant, local economy that works for everyone, less taxes for most Maine residents and more for those who can most afford it and true universal healthcare because healthcare is a human right, not a privilege.”

Amen to that, brother.

Click here for a complete list of all the Maine Green Independents running for office this year.

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  • commented 2014-03-20 08:36:15 -0400
    Congrats to the Maine Green Independent Party for fielding so many candidates this year! gpnj.org