The year 2018 seemed to have something special in it for Maine. With the inspiration of Margaret Chase Smith, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, an incredible number of talented women are running for public office.
I was honored to be among them. The important question of who I am and why I ran was a first step, one of many, in the campaign journey.
I ran for election because I believe in York and in Maine – and still do. I believe in the power of collaboration and grassroots community efforts to solve concerns. I have a firm value system, but I also understand that a little give and take can bring positive outcomes for Maine and the people who live here.
In 2003, I returned to Maine and in 2006, I made York my home. I advocate on behalf of the arts and community solutions in Southern Maine and have a deep appreciation for the leaders, residents and volunteers that make this area great. The heart and soul of York lies in its rich heritage. From coastal beaches and friendly neighborhoods to a robust small business community and art history, York’s culture is a driving force in its continued growth and vibrancy.
Who I am:
Though I have been in Maine all my life, I am not a native of York, or even of Maine. I grew up in Lexington MA surrounded by family, and my parents and grandparents instilled in me an interest in civic engagement, community service and politics. I studied business and marketing at the University of Notre Dame. I transitioned out of Fortune 500 companies to return to our family business in Ogunquit and to call a place that held so many childhood memories home. Living and working in Maine eventually led me to volunteer and advocate for this community. I have been active with nonprofits for over 20 years. My strengths are in management, marketing, leadership, collaboration, and finding cost-saving ways to get the job done. This experience will serve me well if elected to State Legislature.
As a first time candidate, I eagerly learned the process of running for office and about the issues that matter my fellow Mainers. I was honored to earn over 2,000 votes and I look forward to working with all elected officials to maintain the exceptional quality of life we enjoy in Maine.
Please tell me what is on your mind.
Republican Candidate in 2018, State House Representative, York District 3