Saco Bay Democrats

2012 Candidates

Notes:

  • Each of the profiles below were provided by the respective candidate. As more profiles are provided to us we will update this page.
  • Democratic candidates who will be on a Saco Bay area ballot and wishing to be listed here should provide a bio that is less than 300 words and written in the third person along with a large version of the photo they want us to use. Candidates should also provide us with links to their campaign website, Facebook page, Twitter profile and/or YouTube channel.
  • Candidates are listed by office they are running for and sorted by their first name except for incumbent candidates who are listed first for their office.
  • During the primary process, Saco Bay Dems strives to remain neutral and does not endorse any specific Democratic candidate.

Saco voters can request absentee ballots by calling: 207-284-4831.

US Senate

Cynthia Dill

Cynthia Dill is an award-winning civil rights lawyer who resides in Cape Elizabeth with her husband and two children. Dill graduated from the University of Vermont in 1987, and from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990. For 20 years, Dill managed a successful law practice representing clients in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

After serving on the Cape Elizabeth Town Council for two years, Dill was elected to the Maine House in 2006, serving on the Judiciary and Ethics committees. She sponsored legislation creating the Broadband Strategy Council, and as a leading proponent of the expansion of broadband was instrumental in obtaining over $35 million for the Three Ring Binder Project, a nationally recognized private/public partnership that will bring high-speed Internet to rural Maine, widely expanding the potential for jobs, educational opportunity, healthcare and public safety.

In May 2011, Dill was elected to the Senate with 68% of the vote in a special election to represent District 7, comprised of South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and part of Scarborough.

Nationally, Dill was appointed vice chairwoman of the National Conference of State Legislature's Communication, Financial Affairs and Interstate Commerce Committee, and was a member of the Executive Committee Task Force on State and Local Taxation of Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce.

Dill also has worked as the Director of the Common Cause Digital Democracy Project in Washington, DC, and is an adjunct faculty member at Southern Maine Community College. In August 2011, she founded Friends of the Maine Woods, a statewide organization advocating for creation of a Maine Woods National Park.

Dill is a member of the First Congregational Church of South Portland, where she taught Sunday School for many years and is an active community volunteer.

US Representative - First District

Chellie Pingree


Chellie Pingree was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1955, the youngest of four children. Her father, Harry, worked in advertising and her mother, Dorothy, was a nurse. Chellie moved to Maine as a teenager, attended the University of Southern Maine, and graduated from the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor. After college, she moved to North Haven, an island town of 350 people twelve miles off the coast of Rockland, to raise her family and make a living.

Chellie has worked hard throughout her life - as a mother, as a farmer, as a small business owner, and in politics. She knows how difficult it can be to meet payroll and run a business in a small, rural community. Right after college, Chellie and her husband, Charlie, spent several years running a small farm and selling produce locally. In 1981, she started North Island Yarn, a cottage industry of local knitters, with a retail store on the island. The business expanded quickly, becoming North Island Designs, and employed as many as ten local workers in peak seasons. The business sold knitting kits and pattern books nationwide through 500 retail stores and 100,000 mail order catalogues. She sold the business in 1993.

Today, in addition to her political life, Chellie co-owns and helps manage Nebo Lodge, a bed & breakfast and restaurant on North Haven, which she started with several partners in 2006.

Senate District 4 - Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel, Biddeford (Map)

David E. Dutremble

{bio will be posted once it is provided by the candidate}

Senate District 5 - Biddeford, Dayton, Old Orchard Beach, Saco (Map)

Linda Valentino

Linda has served for the last 8 years in the Maine House serving as State Representative in District 134-Saco. During her 4-terms, she has served on the Appropriations Committee which is responsible for formulating state budgets.

She has also served for 6 years on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee (VLA). Linda was the proud sponsor of a plaque honoring Maine women Veterans which now hangs at the State House in the Hall of Flags.

Linda has been a strong supporter of the Maine Clean Election laws and preserving same day voter registration. Linda was a member of the Taxation Committee for 2 years and worked on tax reform legislation trying to update or eliminate many old tax exemptions that have been on the books for years.

In 2011, Linda was appointed to a Joint Select Legislative Committee to review LD1. This Business Regulatory and Reform Committee held "listening" sessions throughout Maine and met with thousands of business owners and citizens about their concerns about Maine having an anti-business reputation. Linda also spear-headed a sub-committee of the LD1 committee that worked on legislation to implement or improve on laws regarding a small business advocate, small business ombudsman, red tape hotline, and Business Answers phone line.

Before being elected to the Legislature, Linda was appointed as commissioner of the Maine Liquor and Lottery Commission. She also served on the Saco City Council in the 1980’s and was the Deputy Mayor. Linda is only the second woman in Saco’s history to run for Mayor.

Linda has been married to Curtis Scamman for 25 years and resides on Boom Road in Saco. They have a proud agricultural history being dairy farmers, milk bottlers, and crop growers. Linda graduated from Thornton Academy and holds a BA in political science from the University of Maine.

State House # 132 - Old Orchard Beach (Map)

Roxanne V. Frenette

Roxanne is a fourth generation Old Orchard Beach resident, grandmother of the fifth. A 1979 graduate of Old Orchard Beach Highway School and Biddeford Vocation School with a dipolma in Business and Child Care. After 30 years working for the Maine Turnpike Authority as an Executive Assistant, 3 terms as and Old Orchard Beach Town Councilor and 10 years on the Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach Transit Committee (Shuttle Bus/Zoom) she believes she has the experience that will enable her to serve Old Orchard Beach and Ocean Park well as your next State Representative.

Roxanne has been married to Michael for 28 years, they has a son, John 25 and daughter, Annabelle 20 as wells a grandson Mikey 10 months old. John serves in the Army Reserve and Annabelle the Maine Army National guard. Roxanne's family is committee to communty service, on the town, state and national level.

State House # 133 - Saco (Map)

Barry Hobbins

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State House # 134 - Saco (Map)

Justin Chenette

Justin Chenette is a graduate of Thornton Academy and holds a degree in TV News from Lyndon State College. While in high school, Justin was the station manager of TATV Channel 3 and hosted the public affairs show, The Issue. Having the opportunity to interview politicians and candidates allowed him to learn the importance of holding leaders accountable for their actions and inactions.

He carried that spirit into the Maine State Board of Education, when Gov. John Baldacci appointed Justin as the first member to be a student in 2008. In his 16-month term, Justin pushed for civic engagement curriculum, a universal grading system, increased drug prevention, and to shore up the educational disparity between northern and southern Maine.

During then Senator Barack Obama’s successful run for President, he interned for the Maine Democratic Party as a Youth Organizer continuing his passion for public policy advocacy. During 2010, Justin worked with Saco officials as a Communications Intern and a Social Networking Committee member.

The theme of bi-partisanship has been a common theme for Justin and was firmly cemented as the host of the statewide public affairs show called Youth in Politics on WPXT/WPME. He even hosted the first televised gubernatorial debate during the 2010 election season and the 1st District Congressional Debate between Chellie Pingree and Charlie Summers in 2008.

Justin was an integral part of Rep. Linda Valentino’s re-election campaign in 2010 serving as her Political Communications Director and is now working as a Campaign Strategist for her senatorial bid.

He is also a former Political Columnist with the Portland Daily Sun and the Journal Tribune newspapers. Justin is currently taking a leave of absence from his job as the Assistant Morning Producer for Fox 23’s Good Day Maine as he runs for State Representative in Saco.

State House # 135 - Biddeford (Map)

Paulette Beaudoin (Incumbent)

Paulette Beaudoin was born in Biddeford and lives here with her husband of 54 years. For years she has been an advocate for senior citizens across the state. She is vice president of the Maine Council of Senior Citizens and an advisory council member for the Southern Maine Agency on Aging. Paulette Beaudoin is also a member and past Regent of the Daughters of Isabella in Biddeford.

Paulette Beaudoin will fight for your right to: quality, accessible healthcare; affordable housing and heating oil; a job in Maine; fair taxation; a good education; a clean environment; and a comfortable retirement.

State House # 136 - Biddeford (Map)

Megan Rochelo (Incumbent)

I'm excited to be running for re-election to the Maine House of Representatives. I look forward to continuing the work I've been doing in Augusta, moving our community forward in a positive direction through economic development, supporting small businesses and ensuring our communities and environments are healthy and prosperous.

I have a background public health and a desire to work to ensure everyone has the ability to live a healthy and productive life in a community that supports them. I'm passionate and dedicated to making Biddeford, once again, a thriving city that people are excited to work, live and play in.

State House # 137 - Biddeford (Map)

Alan Casavant (Incumbent)

Alan taught at Biddeford High School for 35 years, retiring in 2011. He taught Psychology, American Studies, and 20th Century World History, while coaching ice hockey and soccer. He served on the Biddeford Council for 18 years, six as Council President. He is the incumbent legislator for District 137 (Biddeford and Kennebunkport), and has served in the 123rd, 124th, and 125th Legislatures. He has been a member of the Judiciary, the Education and Cultural Affairs, and the State and Local Government Committees. He is a graduate of UMO and received his masters in 2005, in American and New England Studies from USM. He is engaged to Patti Jalbert of Fort Kent, and belongs to Good Shepherd Parish.

Alan was also elected in November 2011 as Mayor of Biddeford, and he has been active in developing the cultural and artistic energies of the area, as well as working with the city of Saco to jointly promote development and business. He has been part of the Mayors’ Coalition, a group of elected leaders from the state’s major cities, to advocate for greater recognition of the unique needs of such communities, and has worked to create greater awareness of the damage that can be done to city budgets from cost shifts from the state onto municipalities.

He is a member of the Biddeford Historical Society, the Friends of UNE, the Kennebunkport Historical Society, and the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.

State House # 140 - Dayton (Map)

Adam Spey

Adam Spey first moved to Maine more than twenty years ago to attend Bates College in Lewiston where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree and met Meredith Gilfeather, now his wife of fourteen years. He earned his M.B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. and his ‘A’-levels at the Rugby School in Rugby, England. Born and raised in New Jersey, He has lived, worked, and studied in states up and down the east coast and overseas.

Adam Spey was working for a family business in Springvale in 2008, when the global economy collapsed, the bottom fell out of the real estate market and gas prices broke four dollars a gallon. Spey’s position was eliminated, and he was laid-off. The company was too small to qualify for COBRA; and like so many people, they were upside down in their home mortgage. Adam and Meredith lost their health insurance, the bulk of their income, and their sense of security. Adam knew that if they got sick or hurt they would have to choose between paying their family doctor or their mortgage. Spey also knew just how many other hard working families in Maine were facing similar situations. Luckily, neither Adam nor Meredith got ill or injured and had family that was able to help with the bills, but suddenly, politics became deeply personal.

Adam Spey has lived and understands the challenges that working Mainers are facing every day. Maine people need leaders in Augusta who will put their differences aside and work to overcome the challenges Maine faces. Instead of fighting divisive battles, Adam Spey will draw on his experience to find real solutions that will get Maine’s economy going, provide workers with a secure retirement and prepare our children to compete in the global economy.

York County Probate Court Judge

Donna Bailey

Donna grew up in and around Berlin, New Hampshire during the 1960's. She was part of the first group of children to attend the national Head Start program, to which she attributes a lifelong appreciation and high regard for education and learning. She began working at age 14, developing a strong work ethic nurtured and inspired by her mother and grandfather, who worked hard their entire lives in the local mills and factories.

Donna graduated with honors in 1979 from Berlin High School, and in 1983 from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, earning a degree in European History. She was inspired to pursue a legal career by New Hampshire Representative Hilda Brungot, her maternal great Aunt, who served the longest of any woman in a State legislature, and whose portrait hangs in the State House in Concord, N.H.. Donna earned her Law degree in 1986 from the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine, and became a member of the York County Bar.

Donna's legal career began in Real Estate Law, reflecting her appreciation of history, research and law. She spent four years as Attorney for Maine Title Company in Portland and in 1991 went into private practice with offices throughout York County. More recently, she has pursued her career as a solo practitioner, dividing her time between her duties and responsibilities in the Probate Court, and representation of her clients in State Courts. She has a full civil practice which includes real estate law, family law, probate law, and she serves as Guardian ad litem for children, privately and by court appointment.

Donna is married, has two sons and resides in Saco, Maine. In her spare time she loves to hike, kayak, garden, read, research genealogy and spoil her 4 dogs, Grace, Duncan, Kody and Ami.