Dan Stromgren is a social worker, father and candidate for the Maine House of Representatives for District 54 in Topsham. He ran in the Senate District 19 special election in August 2013. Dan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and adopted at birth into a working class family. His mother worked in social services and education and his father in the textile industry, a career which brought the family to Maine in 1986. He has one younger brother who was also adopted. Daniel spent his childhood hiking the scenic trails and mountains of New England, fly fishing it's free stone rivers and playing baseball. Dan grew up in the town of Cumberland and first moved to Topsham in 1991.
He attended high school at North Yarmouth Academy pursuing his interests in politics, history and science. Dan spent one year at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania before returning to Maine and attending the University of Maine at Orono where he was introduced to Green Politics, working on Jonathan Carter's 1994 Gubernatorial campaign, ran for Student Government President and served as a student Senator. He also became heavily involved in local environmental politics working with the Mount Blue State Park coalition to stop logging in Maine's park lands. He also worked as an adoption right's advocate. Dan graduated in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education.
Following his time in Orono, Dan moved to Portland, Maine where he worked for several small businesses and as a legal researcher for an industry leader. While there he grew his division of the company and quadrupled its revenue in just three short years. In 2001 Dan returned to Topsham where he met his wife Carin Merrill Stromgren with whom he has a 3 year old son. Dan, feeling a pull towards his Green values and sense of social justice left the business community to obtain his Master of Social Work Degree in 2010 and currently works as a clinical social worker serving the people of mid-coast Maine.
His top priorities as a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives are Sustainable Economic Development, Education, and Healthcare.