Sister District traditionally pairs state legislative candidates with teams of volunteers to take actions such as fundraising, canvassing, phonebanking, and writing postcards. However, some states have laws that restrict Sister District’s ability to offer this full array of services. Even when we can’t offer our most robust support to candidates, we believe it is important to highlight additional significant state legislative races and provide the information and tools you need to get involved where you can.
Maine is an important state for Democrats this year because the Democrats only need to flip one seat in order to flip the chamber blue. Currently, Republicans have 18 seats and Democrats have 17 seats. Flipping state chambers blue is a critical goal for Sister District, and the opportunity for Democrats in Maine must not be overlooked.
Here are four fantastic candidates who could make the difference in Maine:
ME SD-8 Beverly Uhlenhake
Bev lives in Brewer, Maine, with her wife and three children. She has served as executive director for the Bangor Humane Society and a Brewer City Councilor for 5 years, including a term as Mayor. She is the president of her local Rotary Club. She focuses on good governance, infrastructure, jobs, the opioid crisis, senior care, and education. Bev is a Clean Elections candidate, which means the only money she can raise comes from $5 donations from people in her district.
ME SD-13 Laura Fortman
Laura has spent her life making sure people have a voice on the issues that impact their lives. She has served at the helm of the Women’s Lobby, Maine Women’s Policy Center, the Maine Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Labor. She has also led efforts to end sexual assault, domestic violence, and discrimination, and to expand access to healthcare and better jobs. In 1996, Laura fought to pass Maine’s first clean election laws, and she will not take money from lobbyists, PACs, or other special interests. She has been endorsed by President Barack Obama, as well as Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, and the Sierra Club, among others.
ME SD-22 Lois Kilby-Chesley
Lois was a teacher in Maine for 26 years, and she is also the President of the Maine Education Association. She is a strong advocate for education, the environment, social and racial justice, economic growth, and sensible gun safety. Lois is a Clean Elections candidate, which means the only money she can raise comes from $5 donations from people in her district.
ME SD-30 Linda Sanborn
Linda is a retired family medicine practitioner who was first elected to the state legislature in 2008. Linda served two terms on the Health and Human Services Committee, and two terms on the Joint Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. She introduced the first bill to expand Mainecare in the state, she is a proponent of implementing a livable minimum wage, she makes quality public education a priority, and she is a Clean Elections candidate, which means the only money she can raise comes from $5 donations from people in her district. Linda was also endorsed by President Barack Obama.