Campaign Committee

(listed alphabetically)

Ron Bancroft, Cumberland
Ron Bancroft is the founder of Bancroft & Company, a firm that offers strategic guidance to small and medium sized businesses. Bancroft was a founder and former Chairman of the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education. He subsequently was a founding Board member of Educate Maine. Bancroft is also a member of the Board of the Great Schools Partnership.

Bobbi Beavers, South Berwick
After a long and varied career as a research chemist, businessperson, educator and arts administrator, Bobbi Beavers has served as a Democrat in the Maine House of Representatives for the past six years. She is a co-founder of both the Seacoast Energy Initiative and AccessMaine.

Christine Burstein, Lincolnville
Christine Burstein has served as a Democrat in the Maine House since 2015 and previouly on the Five Towns Consolidated School Board. For more than 35 years she has served the health care needs of Maine families as a nurse, nurse practicioner, medical instructor and community activist.

Joseph Carleton, Jr., Wells
Joseph Carleton, Jr. served as a Republican in the Maine House for eight years, including as Assistant Republican Leader from 1994-1996. From 2010-2012 he worked as Secretary of the Maine Senate. A registered parliamentarian, he has also been a town meeting moderator for over two decades. He is an attorney who currently serves as co-chair of the Maine Advisory Council at the Community Association Institute.

Alan Casavant, Biddeford
Alan Casavant was recently elected to his third term as mayor of Biddeford. He previously served from 1976-1992 on the Town Council, and as a Democrat in the Maine House from 2008-2014. He is a retired teacher from the Biddeford public schools.

John Cleveland, Auburn
John Cleveland served as a Democrat in the Maine State Senate for ten years. He also served on the Auburn City Council for four years and as Mayor of Auburn for six years. Cleveland owns and operates Community Dynamics Corporation, a firm that assists rural communities and nonprofit organizations with economic and community development.

Jim Cohen, Portland
Jim Cohen is a former Councilor and Mayor of Portland. Cohen served as Vice Chair of the Portland Charter Commission which studied and recommended the adoption of Ranked Choice Voting in Portland. Cohen is a partner at Verrill Dana LLP. He has also served as a former chair of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.

Dennis Damon, Trenton
Dennis Damon is a businessman, former high school civics teacher, and fourth generation commercial fisherman who was Hancock County Commissioner for three terms before serving for eight years as a Democrat in the Maine Senate. Damon is also an active board member of the Penobscot East Resource Center, the Maine Sea Coast Mission, and the Eastern Maine Development Corporation, among many other organizations.

Jerry Davis, Falmouth
Jerry Davis served as a Republican in the Maine House and Senate for ten years. Davis also served on the Falmouth School Committee. He is retired high school history teacher and a former PeaceCorps volunteer.

Nelson Durgin, Bangor
Nelson Durgin is a Bangor City Councilor and former Mayor. He had a long military career culminating in his promotion to Major General and appointment as Maine's Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management in the McKernan Administration. After retirement from the military he served for 15 years as Executive Director of Phillips-Strickland House, a residential care and independent living facility in Bangor.

John Eder, Portland
John Eder is a member of the Portland Board of Education. Eder served as a Green in the Maine House of Representatives for four years, and holds the distinction of having been one of the highest-ranking elected Green official in the United States. Eder was a candidate for mayor in the 2011 Portland mayoral election in which Ranked Choice Voting was used.

Mark J. Ellis, Gardiner
Mark J. Ellis served as Chair of the Maine Republican Party for three years and subsequently as Director of Technology and Communications for the Maine State Legislature. He now owns and operates Spinnergy Media, a firm focused on new media development. A long-time Republican activist, Ellis has worked for numerous campaigns at both the state and national levels.

Stacey Fitts, Pittsfield
Stacey Fitts served as a Republican in the Maine House for eight years. He sat on the Joint Committee for Legal and Veterans Affairs, which holds jurisdiction over election law, and co-sponsored Ranked Choice Voting legislation twice during his tenture. Fitts works as Director of Summit Solutions at Summit Natural Gas of Maine.

Les Fossel, Alna
Les Fossel served as a Republican in the Maine House for four years and the former chair of the Lincoln County Republican Committee. In addition to extensive charity work, Fossel currently owns and runs one of the premier building restoration companies in the state

Terry Hayes, Buckfield
Terry Hayes is currently the State Treasurer, the first Independent to hold that position.  Hayes previously served as a Democrat in the Maine House from 2006-2014. She is a former teacher, educational administrator, and school board member and an outspoken advocate for restoring greater civility in Maine politics.

Horace 'Hoddy' Hildreth Jr., Falmouth
A long-time conservationist and preservationist, Horace 'Hoddy' Hildreth Jr. practiced law and government relations for Pierce Atwood and later opened his own firm specializing in environmental law and public policy. One of his first hires was a youthful Angus King. He later took over the management of Diversified Communications and grew it from a small family business into a world-wide, Maine-based media company.

Sherry Huber, Falmouth
Sherry Huber served as a Republican in the Maine House for six years. A two-time candidate for Governor, Huber was the first woman ever to run in the Republican gubernatorial primary. She is the long-time Executive Director of the Maine Timber Research and Environment Education Foundation (Maine TREE).

Ron Lovaglio, Augusta
Ron Lovaglio was the Commissioner of Conservation under Governor King. He is currently a Board Member of the Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) and runs a consulting firm specializing in forest certification across North America. Lovaglio has worked as the Director of Wood Resource and Certificate for Sappi Fine Paper and Chief Forestor for the International Paper's Northeast Region. He has served as Chairs for both UMaine CFRU and the Maine State Board of Licensing for Foresters.

Ann Luther, Trenton
Ann Luther is the former President and current Treasurer and Advocacy Chair of the League of Women Voters of Maine. She is a former Board President. Luther is also the Board Treasurer of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, and recently won the prestigious Roger Baldwin Award from the ACLU of Maine for her work in protecting voting rights throughout the state.

Jorge Maderal, Brunswick
Jorge Maderal is former Chair and the current 1st District Representative of the Libertarian Party of Maine. A Navy veteran, he is an electrical engineer and a member of the Board of Directors for the Hydrogen Energy Center. Active within the American Legion, he is also a former adviser to the Mid-Coast Veteran's Council.

L. Sandy Maisel, Rome
L. Sandy Maisel is a professor and Chair of the Government Department at Colby College, where he has taught for 45 years. He is a past president of the New England Political Science Association and currently co-principle investigator on a major grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts examining the impact of various efforts to improve the quality of the electoral process.

Cara McCormick, Cape Elizabeth
Cara McCormick serves as Treasurer for the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting. She is a co-founder and principal of SmartCampaigns, a political consulting company providing strategic advice and research to many presidential, senate, and gubernatorial campaigns across the country.

Dale McCormick, Augusta
Presently a member of the Augusta City Council, Dale McCormick served as a Democrat in the Maine Senate from 1990-1996, as Maine State Treasurer from 1997-2004, and as director of the Maine State Housing Authority from 2005-2011. She holds the distinctions of being the first openly LGBT person to serve in the Maine Legislature, and the first women in the United States to be a journeyman carpenter.

Peter Mills, Cornville
Peter Mills served as a Republican in the Maine Senate and House for fifteen years. He twice ran in the Republican primary for governor. Mills is a Navy veteran and attorney in private practice. In 2011, Governor LePage appointed Mills as Executive Director of the Maine Turnpike Authority.

Chip Morrison, Auburn
Chip Morrison is a former Commissioner of both the Maine Department of Administration and the Maine Department of Labor. Upon his retirement from state government he served for two decades as President and CEO of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. He now serves on numerous not-for-profit boards in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Judy Paradis, Frenchville
Judy Paradis served as a Democrat in the Maine House and Senate from 1986-1994. A noted bi-lingual educator who speaks Acadian French, she was inducted into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame in 2005.

Clare Hudson Payne, Holden
Clare Hudson Payne is an attorney at Eaton Peabody and works as an adjunct professor at the New England School of Communication at Husson University. In addition to participating on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards, Payne has served for 12 years as a Holden town councilor including terms as vice-Chair and Chair.

Wendy Pieh, Bremen
Wendy Pieh served as a Democrat in the Maine House of Representatives for four non-consecutive terms, including her last three as chair of the Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee where she worked to balance commercial and conservation interests. She is currently chair of the Bremen Town Selectmen, the owner of Springtide Farm, and warmly serves on the Board of Directors of the Cashmere Goat Association.

Hannah Pingree, North Haven
Hannah Pingree served for eight years as a democrat in the Maine House and was elected Speaker of the House in her final term. She now manages her family inn and restaurant, Nebo Lodge, on North Haven, and serves on the North Haven Community School Board.

David Rollins, Augusta
David Rollins serves as the Mayor of Augusta. He also served as a city councilor for two terms before being elected as Mayor. Rollins works as a real estate appraiser and is an active community member.

Diane Russell, Portland
Diane Russell has served as a Democrat in the Maine House of Representative for the past 8 years. Russell introduced or co-sponsored Ranked Choice Voting legislation five times during her tenure in office. In 2011 The Nation magazine named her "Most Valuable State Representative" on its annual Progressive Honor Roll.

Mike Saxl, Belgrade
Mike Saxl served as a Democrat in the Maine House from 1995-2002 during which time he successively held the positions of Majority Whip, Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House. Upon his retirement from politics Saxl became counsel to Verrill Dana and managing principal of Maine Street Solutions, a public relations firm.

Jim Shaffer, Cape Elizabeth
Jim Shaffer is the former Dean of the School of Business at the University of Southern Maine. Previously he served as CEO of Guy Gannett Communications Inc. until his retirement after thirty years in the media industry. He now works with numerous non-profits including serving as President of the Board of the Portland Ballet.

Betsy Smith, Portland
As Executive Director for 11 years of EqualityMaine, Betsy Smith led the state-wide efforts to win non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. She is the founder of Vision and Strategy, a firm which provides fund-raising and strategic consulting services to not-for-profits across the state.

George Smith, Mount Vernon
For 18 years the Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, George Smith works now as a full-time travel and outdoors writer and political commentator.  Host and creator of the television show "Wildfire", now sponsored by Maine Audubon, his newspaper columns appear regularly in the Kennebec Journal, the Waterville Morning Sentinel, and The Maine Sportsman. 

Ben Sprague, Bangor
Ben Sprague currently serves his native-town of Bangor as City Councilor and as Vice Chair of both its Public Health Advisory Board and it Tri-Country Workforce Investment Board. Now a corporate banker, Sprague previously worked in Boston as a high school educator, as an investment manager, and in the front office of the Boston Red Sox.

Bonnie Titcomb Lewis, Raymond
Bonnie Titcomb Lewis served three terms as a Democrat in the Maine Senate. A former teacher and coach turned activist, she began her political career leading the fight against the federal government's efforts to dump high-level nuclear waste in the Sebago Lake watershed. Today She is a Board Member of Aroostook Aspirations Initiative and Development Manager for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.

Bev Uhlenhake, Brewer
First elected to the Brewer Town Council in 2013, Bev Uhlenhake now serves as the city's Mayor. She also works as a commercial real estate broker, and is the former Executive Director for the Bangor Humane Society.

Jill Ward, South Portland
Jill Ward is the current President of the League of Women Voters of Maine. A long-time activist, she has also served on the Board of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections. She has held senior policy positions with Girl Scouts of the USA and the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, and previously served on the congressional staff of Senator George Mitchell. 

Polly Ward, Freeport
Polly Ward is the Vice President for the League of Women Voters of Maine. She chaired the League's study group on electoral reform that resulted in the organization's endorsement of Ranked Choice Voting. A long-time education policy professional, Ward served as Deputy Commissioner of Education in the McKernan Administration.

Joan Welsh, Rockport
Joan Welsh has served as a Democrat in the Maine House of Representatives for the past 8 years. She is the former President and CEO of Hurricane Outward Bound, a former Director of Academic Affairs at Rockland College, and former Deputy Director for the Natural Resource Council of Maine.

Dick Woodbury, Yarmouth
Chair of the Committee for Rank Choice Voting, Dick Woodbury introduced RCV legislation in Maine while serving as an Independent in the Maine House and Senate for five terms. A noted economist who works for the National Bureau of Economic Research, he has been a visiting scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and written extensively on tax reform in Maine.