Maine Green Independent Party member Tom MacMillan said his campaign for Maine representative came to an end this past Monday due to what he called circumstances beyond his control, non-renewal of his lease.
Thomas MacMillan submitting petitions for Portland's Marijuana Legalization Referendum in 2013
"On July 14, my absentee landlord informed my partner Crystal Cron and I that, without discussion, he would not renew our lease and that we must to move out of our apartment of two years by August 31," MacMillan reported. "Since receiving this unpleasant news, Crystal and I have searched diligently for a new place to live within District 38 (West End, St. John Valley neighborhoods) but, due to gentrification, we have been unable to find an affordable place to live. For this reason, July 28, I submitted my withdrawal and we are now looking for a new home across the City of Portland."
MacMillan said he is sorry he will not be able to give District 38 residents "the opportunity to elect a candidate untouched by corporate money, one that supports the strongest clean election system possible and one who will be available and open to his constituents." He said, "This setback, while disappointing, is only temporary and does not in any way mean I am leaving the struggle for a better world. In fact, it only strengthens my resolve to fight for those of us who must work to make ends meet."