Alice Elliott of Richmond has successfully filed to run on the Democratic ticket for State House District 55, which includes the towns of Bowdoinham, Bowdoin and most of Richmond.  Elliott is seeking to fill the seat currently held by House Majority Leader Seth Berry, who has reached his term limit.

A Maine native, Elliott has for 25 years worked to increase citizen and student involvement in government and public service through her work at Unity College, Bates College, and currently as the Associate Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College.  She and her husband Dan Tompkins, a teacher in Richmond/RSU #2, have lived in Richmond for the past 14 years

 “I am running because I am deeply concerned with growing income inequality, and its repercussions.  Maine people are working harder than ever, yet are struggling to put food on the table, afford health care, and help send their kids go to college.  We can’t develop our economy with a workforce made up of kids who were too hungry to learn in school, and we can’t recruit business to Maine with crumbling infrastructure.” Elliott said.  “Government should be investing in our people, and creating the infrastructure needed for all people to have an equal opportunity for success.  These are traditional values that I believe in — I did not think I’d ever run for office, but I am passionate about these issues and I want to be part of the solution.”

Elliott, in a brief foray away before returning to Maine, graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.  She has been active in a variety of community organizations– training adult Girl Scout Leaders, as a volunteer and board member for non-profit organizations, and most recently as a University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and Vice President of the Master Gardener Development Board.

 “Bowdoin, Bowdoinham and Richmond are fortunate to have a candidate of Alice’s integrity, intelligence, energy and dedication step up to serve us in Augusta,” said Representative Berry.  “I will be strongly supporting her candidacy.”

 Elliott is running as a Clean Elections candidate.

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