Candidate for Maine State House District 48
Democrat Running to Represent Freeport and Pownal/A Maine Clean Elections Candidate
Melanie brings more than two decades of experience as a skilled executive in the private and nonprofit business sectors, and as an active volunteer in local schools, youth and arts organizations. As a strong, effective, compassionate leader, Melanie served six years on the Freeport Town Council, and was elected to leadership as Chair (twice) and Vice-Chair during her tenure. She has the deep experience we will need in the 130th Legislature, as she has set funding priorities in a time of decreased revenues in the Town Council, worked directly with both patient care and health care policy in Maine, has a record of strong environmental advocacy and results in our community, and over a decade of experience with school funding, policies and programs in our educational system.
Melanie is committed to keeping money out of politics, and is proud to be a Maine Clean Elections candidate.
Melanie grew up New Sharon in Maine, graduating from Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. She completed her B.A. in Political Science, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude from Bates College- the first one in her family to do so. She interned for Senator George Mitchell in 1991. She received her Master’s in Science and Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio, and has been a licensed clinical social worker for more than 25 years with a focus on health and mental health care. As Executive Director, Melanie led Freeport Community Services for many years, providing direct services to Freeport and Pownal residents. She also served as Executive Director of Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, working with those affected by violence across York and Cumberland Counties.
Melanie has been deeply involved in the classrooms and programs of our schools, volunteering and coaching students from every town in the district. She has been committed to directly working with many community organizations, including the Freeport Rotary, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Freeport, Freeport Players, and Freeport Family Performing Arts. In the summer of 2019, she chaired the Freeport Working Group to Welcome New Mainers. She was honored by the Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce in 2016 with the Ed Bonney Community Contribution Award, and was recognized as one of Maine’s 20 Outstanding Women in 2017.
Proud to earn the endorsement of this public health, environmental and community champion!
Proud to earn the endorsement of this amazing leader!
“I love this community and I have worked hard over the years to improve people’s lives while preserving and protecting what makes this place so special. I want to leverage my experience in town government and local community organizations, as well as my knowledge as a health care and social services professional, to benefit the people of Freeport and Pownal, as well as the state of Maine. That is why I am running to represent House District 48 in the Maine Legislature.”
As Freeport Town Council Chair and an at-large Councilor for six years, I am mindful that spending directly affects everyone in our community. Successfully keeping the municipal side of the budget balanced while funding needed infrastructure and services were key results of my service. I focused on data-driven decision-making to build support for important initiatives benefiting our community. I have directly worked with many of the economic issues on the forefront of Maine’s next legislative session, including the evaluation of health and human services programs, the impact of municipal revenue-sharing shortfalls on our property taxes; and initiatives such as flexible pension plans to support workers. I will bring this economic common sense experience to work for you in Augusta.
It has been the joy of my life to work closely with so many children in Freeport and Pownal through the years, creating opportunities for them to grow and thrive. I built strong community programs that address child poverty, hunger, and violence. I developed several regional youth programs promoting service and creativity, and served as a volunteer, substitute teacher, troop leader, and coach at every level in our school district. In the Legislature, I will be a voice for all kids, advocating for quality education and funding for critical services.
I have worked for over two decades in the healthcare field, providing homecare and hospice services in seven rural Maine counties, working in hospital intensive care units and community clinics, building stronger programs for victims of violence, and advancing member-focused improvements in mental health services. I know that access to affordable, quality healthcare impacts people’s financial, emotional, and physical well-being. I will bring my comprehensive experience of direct engagement with patients, systems, and healthcare policy to the Legislature.
I am committed to environmental causes, as evidenced by my long tenure serving on the Conservation Commission, improving our community’s natural resources, advancing community solar and efficiency initiatives, and assisting low-income residents access weatherization repairs to their homes. I will continue to work to preserve the beautiful state we live in as we embark on the boldest approach to climate change in our state’s history.