EqualityMaine Endorses in Three Primary Races
PORTLAND - Today, in an email to its members, EqualityMaine announced endorsements in two State Senate primaries as well as in the Democratic Primary for the U.S. House in Maine’s 2nd District.
“EqualityMaine is proud to endorse three proven leaders for our community: Andrea Boland in Senate District 33, Jim Dill in Senate District 5 and Emily Cain for the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in Maine’s 2nd district,” said Elise Johansen, executive director of EqualityMaine.
“We look forward to connecting with our members in all of these districts about why these candidates are the best choice for LGBT Mainers and the leadership they’ve shown on behalf of our community,” said Johansen.
EqualityMaine has more than 70,000 members around Maine and will make additional endorsements after the June 10 Primary.
Endorsement of Andrea Boland
Senate District 33 - In York County, the municipalities of Cornish, Limerick, Newfield, Parsonsfield, Sanford, Shapleigh and Waterboro.
“Andrea Boland has been a fighter for Maine’s LGBT community in the State House, and we know she will bring that same support and leadership to the State Senate. As a State Representative, Andrea Boland has stood with our community on every vote. LGBT people in District 33 – and around the state – deserve that kind of leadership,” said Elise Johansen.
Endorsement of Emily Cain
Maine’s Second Congressional District
“Emily has been more than a supporter, she’s been a leader. Emily Cain didn’t just vote for the marriage bill in 2009, she was essential to its passage. On one of the toughest, most important votes our community has had in the legislature we knew could count on Emily, and not just on her vote, but on her hard work. That’s the kind of leadership Maine’s LGBT community – and all Mainers – need in Washington,” said Elise Johansen, EqualityMaine executive director.
“While Troy Jackson has had a strong voting record on LGBT issues – a record not many other elected officials in Northern Maine have had – the final decision came down to Cain’s support and leadership on the issue of marriage," Johansen said.
“Emily will not only advocate for LGBT people but will work to grow our economy and find real solutions to the problems our state faces, and that helps every single Mainer,” said Johansen.
Endorsement of Jim Dill
Senate District 5 - In Penobscot County, the municipalities and unorganized territories of Argyle Township, Chester, East Millinocket, Edinburg, Enfield, Greenbush, Howland, Mattawamkeag, Maxfield, Medway, Milford, Millinocket, Old Town, Orono, Passadumkeag, Penobscot Indian Island, Seboeis Plantation, Veazie and Woodville; and part of the North Penobscot Unorganized Territory.
“Jim Dill has been a staunch and steadfast supporter of Maine’s LGBT community. From ending bullying to ensuring that every person in Maine can live a life free of discrimination, Jim Dill has stood with our community and he would make an excellent State Senator,” Johansen said.