Theo Welton for State Senate 7 - Bar Harbor

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Theo Welton was born and bred right here in Down East Maine; his family tended historic Maine

lighthouses over the centuries; they built wooden fishing ships; farmed their knuckles raw; fearless

fishers; fought fires; Revolutionary/Civil/WW1/WW2/Korean/Vietnam/...Veterans; they settled

Salem, MA; Commander of the Mayflower; servants to the People and their propagation and

prosperity. An Afghanistan War Veteran who served honorably and is decorated for his

performance within the Air Force as a Satellite Communications Specialist; including a national

award of Airman of the year in 1999.

 

After adjusting to life after the injuries incurred from the electrical accident overseas, Theo moved

back to Mount Desert Island to be more available to his family and friends. He also volunteered at

local farms; on fishing vessels; and gleaning community centers serving those in need  While

participating, observing and documenting he got a good a pulse on the area. His conclusion is that

Down East/Maine needs serious relief with less interference by the U.S. Federal Government. He

wants to offer his strengths and time to the People to be their advocate with a fearless voice who

stands strong for US the People.

 

“There is a pride here in Maine that is like no other bond I have experienced. When People need

help, someone, or the whole town shows up to give a helping hand or the shirts off their backs. My

family heroes sacrificed their lives and the comfort of their families for the safety of those lost or

abandoned at sea. I continue that lease on my life and hope you let me serve you here too.”

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  • commented 2014-08-14 00:01:20 -0400
    Asher, I did not say that the race was in 2012. Lynne Williams ran for state senate in my district in 2010.

    Running for office is one of the reasons to have a Green Party, but certainly not the only reason.

    A mature political party in a multi-party political system must understand that to be effective one must work in coalition in a strategic manner. Otherwise, even if a Green candidate is elected, no forward movement can be realized.

    A mature political party analyzes the entire political landscape and makes careful strategic choices to make the most of limited resources.

    The unfortunate result of having the three-way race in 2010 in my district was that a very conservative Republican won the race and has voted the wrong way on every issue.

    The human suffering caused by those votes is very real. A lot of progressive people in this part of Maine blame the Green Party for those consequences.

    After that election, the Green Party in this part of Maine lost a lot of support. Since that time, there have been no more Green Party town meetings and no more meetings of the Hancock County Greens. Since that election, some people who had been prominent Greens have left the party and run for office as Dems (not me).

    Running a Green candidate for that office in that election was a mistake.

    I publicly supported Lynne’s campaign, and worked for it. My partner at the time, Jack Harrington, worked very hard in support of Lynne’s campaign. Jack also was on the ballot in his district that election for state representative. Jack died before the election. I was approached shortly after his death and was asked to substitute my name for his name “because it was important to have a Green on the ballot”. I was appalled for a number of reasons. You probably wouldn’t understand.

    We as Greens, and I include myself, must admit when we have made a mistake, and we must learn from our mistakes. And when we make a mistake that has unintended negative consequences for the people we claim to care about, we must have the integrity to take responsibility for that harm caused.
  • commented 2014-08-13 15:37:07 -0400
    Claire, nobody ran with the Green Party in your area in 2012. I was the only candidate to run for State Senate in the entire state.

    Moreover, I disagree with your argument. Running Greens is what the Green Party is for. We are not the Democratic Party, and we should not care about what the Democratic Party does, nor should we trip over ourselves trying to help the Democrats.

    We exist as a separate political party, and that is for good reason.
  • commented 2014-03-19 21:04:25 -0400
    Asher,

    FYI – I was Chair of the Green Party of Hawaii for several years.

    My comments regarding why I believe it was a strategic mistake for the Greens to run a candidate in this district have to do with the reality of right now. Right now the right-wing Republican who serves in our State Senate district is marching in line with his Republican crony friends and refusing to allow Medicaid expansion in Maine, even though it is 100% funded by the Feds in the first 3 years, and even though it will mean that at least 157 people in Maine will die needlessly.

    If the Greens had not run a candidate in the last State Senate election we would still have a very progressive Democrat who would be voting in favor of Medicaid expansion.

    The Green Party in this area has become almost non-existent because of that strategic mistake.

    But more importantly, people are suffering and will die as a consequence of that strategic mistake. I know this sounds dramatic, but it is true. I know because I see the suffering up close every day in my work as a health provider working in a free clinic, providing care to people who got kicked off of MaineCare by LePage and Langley (the Republican State Senator we got stuck with), et al.

    It is very naive to not see how important it is to form strategic alliances with select progressives, both Democratic and Independent.

    I no not believe for one minute that the Green Party will get ahead by running candidates in every race regardless of the circumstances.

    We have missed opportunities (ie, by not endorsing Cutler in the last governor race), and we have made mistakes.

    It is better to take responsibility for our mistakes and move forward with greater wisdom than to deny that we have made mistakes and lose support because of naivete.
  • commented 2014-03-19 16:50:55 -0400
    As chair of the Maine Green Independent Party, (the only party that does not take corporate money), I think that the only mistake we can make regarding electoral strategy is by NOT running candidates.

    Allow me to flip the script, and insist that Democrats should drop out of the races that we run candidates in so that we can be guaranteed to elect progressives with Green Values.
  • commented 2014-03-19 16:46:44 -0400
    Hi Claire, I think you’ll find that the district numbers have changed since they redistricted the entire state last year.

    http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/2013/Senate/ss7.pdf
  • commented 2014-03-13 18:22:28 -0400
    Actually, State Senate District 7 includes Cape Elizabeth, South Portland and part of Scarborough (see map at www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/apport/Senate/s07.pdf).

    If Theo Welton is running as a Green from Bar Harbor, then that would be State Senate District 28, not 7.

    I am a Green Party member in Hancock County, and I have never heard of this person.

    I have a long history of Green Party activism, including several years as State Chair of the Green Party in another state, several years as rep on the National Committee, etc.

    Although I campaigned for my friend Lynne Williams when she ran as a Green candidate for State Senate in District 28 in the last election, I now believe it was a mistake to have run a Green candidate in that race. A very progressive Democrat lost to an insane Republican, who we have been stuck with for years. That Republican, Brian Langley, has voted against raising the minimum wage, against accepting Federal money to expand MaineCare, etc. It is not an exaggeration to say that people are dying because of the policy changes in health care that Langley has voted for.

    As Greens we need to be very strategic about running candidates only in races where our participation does not make the situation worse, and in which the Democratic candidate is not a person worth supporting.

    My deceased partner, Jack Harrington, was on the ballot as a Green candidate for State rep in District 36 in 2010 when he died. I was asked if I would allow my name to be placed on the ballot where his name would have been, and I refused. The progressive Democrat who won & has served in that office, Walter Kumiega, has consistently voted exactly the way that Jack or I or any Green would have voted.

    We need to be very careful and very strategic when making these decisions about which races Green candidates should enter.

    Claire Mortimer
    Brooklin