Endorsements: Business Leaders

“Question 5 forces politicians and parties to build coalitions. They can’t just win by turning out their most enthusiastic supporters. They must be more collaborative in campaigning, so they are better prepared to govern.”

  • Ron Bancroft (Cumberland) President & Founder, Bancroft and Company
  • Paul Becker (Yarmouth) President, Becker Structural Engineers
  • Scott Berk (Norway) President, Cafe Nomad
  • Marla Bottesch (Norridgewock) Co-Owner, Snowbound Books

  • Michael Bourque (Portland) Senior Vice President, External Affairs MEMIC
  • John Brautigam (Falmouth) Principal, John Brautigam Consulting and Advocacy
  • Sherry Britton (Cape Elizabeth) Owner, Pet Positive Inc.

  • Kevin Bunker (Brunswick) Principal, Developers Collaborative
  • Whitney Campbell (Yarmouth) Owner, Whitney Campbell & Co. Advertising
  • Doug Cardente (Yarmouth) President, Arrow Realty
  • Matthew Cardente (Yarmouth) Designated Broker/Owner, Cardente Real Estate
  • Peter Chapman (Oxford) Owner, Paris Farmers Union
  • William Clarke (Oakland) Management, Cimpac Inc
  • Jim Cohen (Portland) Partner, Verrill Dana LLP
  • John Costin (Kennebunk) Owner, Veneer Services Unlimited
  • Ross Cunningham (Lisbon) President & CEO, Kennebec Chamber of Commerce
  • Eliot Cutler (Cape Elizabeth) Former Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld LLP
  • Kimberly Dorsky (Cumberland) Co-Owner, SimpleSized Home
  • Alice Dunn (Portland) Owner, Portland Architectural Salvage
  • Bill Dunn (Yarmouth) Owner, Sunset Point LLC

  • Gail Fanjoy (Millinocket) Katahdin Area Business Leader
  • Stacey Fitts (Pittsfield) Director, Summit Natural Gas of Maine
  • Les Fossel (Alna) Owner, Les Fossel's Restoration Resources
  • Jim Gerritsen (Bridgewater) Co-Founder & President, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association
  • Skip Greenlaw (Stonington0 Owner, Stonington Seafood Express Inc.
  • Michael Grishman (Berwick) President, Autosport Northeast
  • Don Hanson (Bangor) Co-Owner, Green Acres Kennel Shop
  • Jim Heard (Camden) Co-Owner, Heard and Heard Real Estate

“The vast majority of Mainers don’t have a vested interest in prolonging the political polarization that has gripped our state. But they do have a vested interest in growing the state’s tax base and welcoming new and expanded business and employment opportunities. Ranked Choice Voting is an important tool to help us get there.”

  • Hoddy Hildreth (Falmouth) Former CEO, Diversified Communications
  • Tom Hildreth (Kingfield) Owner, Carrabassett Coffee Co
  • Bob Howe (Brunswick) President, Howe Cahill and Company
  • J. Spencer Jones (Yarmouth) President and CEO, Pan Atlantic Exchanges 
  • Joseph Kennedy (Ripley) Owner, Kennedy Plumbing
  • Mitch Kihn (Warren) Owner, Mid Maine Forestry
  • Steven Konstantino (Freeport) Founder & Owner, Maine Green Building Supply
  • Tom Landry (Portland) Owner, CornerStone Building and Restoration Benchmark Realestate 
  • Cynthia Lief (Islesford) Owner, Islesford Dock

"In business, ranked choice voting was very helpful because you could vote for the solution you believed best for the company without compromising.  That was helpful to see how people really felt about the options.  Then things narrowed down as we tried to find a majority—that’s where folks second and third choices came into play.  Each person could express their first choice but if that didn’t produce a majority opinion, then their second choice had validity.  We found it an interesting process to see how ranked choice voting worked and how well it worked to arrive at what was the majority or best fit for the company."

  • Ron Lovaglio (Augusta) Principle, Ron Lovaglio LLC
  • Thomas Martin (Benton) Director of Operations, The Ted Berry Company 
  • Abi Morrison (Rockland) Owner, Red Bird Acupuncture

  • Chip Morrison (Auburn) Former President and CEO of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Sharon Mrozinski (Wiscasset) Owner, Marston House
  • Tricia Naddaff (Cape Elizabeth) President, Management Research Group

“I think ranked-choice voting could start to put the focus back on the issues and candidates qualifications.”

  • Ted O’Meara (Yarmouth) Principal, Ted O'Meara Communications
  • Jon Olsen (Jefferson) Owner, Tropical Maine LLC
  • Bobby Ann Packwood (Sedgewick) Owner, American Native Arts and Antiques

“Managers have a responsibility to hire the best candidates for any job. Citizens have the same responsibility, but the way we vote now sometimes has us hiring candidates who we consider to be the lesser of two evils to fill some of the most important positions in government. Ranked Choice Voting fixes that.”

  • Tobias Parkhurst (Augusta) President, Oakes & Parkhurst Glass
  • Kent Pierce (Yarmouth) New England Executive Director, Spirit Series Inc.
  • Allen Price (Portland) Owner, Allegro Music Services
  • Anne Rand (Portland) Owner, Dale Rand Printing
  • Christopher Rauscher (South Portland) Director, Public Policy Sunrun
  • Roland Rhoades (Gorham) Founder, Fuller Brush Co.
  • Evan Richert (Brewer) Owner, Richert Planning
  • Walter Riseman (Harrison) Owner, Community Concepts
  • David Rollins (Augusta) Real Estate Appraiser, Rollins Appraisal Service
  • Michael Saxl (Belgrade) Managing Principal, Maine Street Solutions
  • Justin Schair (Freeport) Director, Casco Passage Capital LLC
  • Mary Ellen Serina (Oakland) Owner & Manager, Paradise Studio

“Capital and jobs go to states with predictable political climates. Ranked Choice Voting rewards consensus candidates with more moderate views who will promote even-keeled policymaking in Augusta.”

  • Jim Shaffer (Cape Elizabeth) Former Dean, School of Business, University of Southern Maine
  • Lynn Shaffer (Cape Elizabeth) Founder, Lynn Shaffer Architecture by Design
  • Amy Smith (Arrowsic) Senior Partner, Social Insight
  • Eugenie Sotiropoulos (Ogunquit) President, Harbor Candy Shop
  • Doug Stevenson (Wayne) Principal, Energy Options Consulting Group
  • Mo Terry (Gorham) Owner, MoMuch Granola
  • Kim Vandermeulen (Wayne) CEO, Alternative Manufacturing Inc.
  • Eloise Vitelli (Arrowsic) Director, Program and Policy New Ventures Maine
  • Ken Voorhees (Litchfield) Owner, Little River Timber Frames
  • Michelle Walker (Belfast) Owner, Coyote Moon

  • David Weeda (Bucksport) Owner, Williams Pond Lodge Bed and Breakfast
  • Jim Wellehan (Auburn) CEO, Lamey-Wellehan