I've lived on the Maine coast for most of my life. I grew up in Hancock County in a family engaged in the extremely hard work of commercial fishing, boat building, and marine construction. Maine's marine traditions are near and dear to me.
Fishing, though, was not my passion. Instead, I attended the University of Maine at Farmington and earned a degree in Business/Political Science. After that I earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine and a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
I practice law out of my office in Damariscotta. Despite the struggles that come with running a small business, it is a great pleasure providing legal representation to individuals and businesses in District 90 and beyond. Having the privilege of my education, law practice and business, I strive to share my experience and skills with local, state and national nonprofits by serving on various boards and committees.
I live in Newcastle with my wife, Susan, who is a math and robotics teacher at Lincoln Academy, and our three sons, Luke, 24, Austin 15, and Joseph, 12.
I will be greatly honored to have the opportunity use my leadership and advocacy skills to effectively represent everyone in District 90 at the Legislature.
In my law practice I have seen many people need to file for bankruptcy due to overwhelming medical bills. As someone who runs a small business, I have not been able to attract the best skilled employees due to the fact that my law practice, like many small business, cannot afford to buy health insurance for my employees. I believe that universal health care for all will have a tremendous positive impact on the health and economy of our community.
As I drive around Maine and see its natural beauty and seeing retirees spend much money to live in this community when they could have chosen to live anywhere, it is very apparent to me that we have something special here in Maine. What is special about Maine starts with the scenic beauty of its landscape and its coastline. It is also the outdoor recreation opportunities that abound in Maine. Climate change will change our special way of life so, we must do all we can to stop it.
I was the first in my family to go to college and earn a four-year degree. That degree led me to my graduate work and ultimately my law practice. Without the education that I received from the University of Maine System, subsidized by Maine taxpayers, I would not have the many blessings that I have today. The State’s investment in post-secondary education is crucial in many ways. It helps to lift people like me, a first generation college student, to a higher economic class. It helps prepare students for Maine’s workforce. It gives people the knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to address our many complex issues.