TOPSHAM – Democratic county committee members from Senate District 19 overwhelmingly voted to nominate Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic as their candidate in the special election to be held Tuesday, August 27. The seat was vacated when Sen. Seth Goodall resigned earlier this month after being appointed by President Obama to serve as the New England Regional Administrator for the Small Business Administration (SBA). Vitelli was elected on the first ballot by the 89 eligible voters that attended the caucus.

As director of program and policy at Women, Work and Community, Vitelli created a statewide job training program that has assisted more than 3,000 entrepreneurs, and unemployed workers, in starting a business. She serves on the Maine Economic Growth Council, is the former president of the Midcoast Economic Development District, and has formerly served on the Community Development Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Maine Human Resources Development Council (predecessor to the State Workforce Investment Board), and the Arrowsic School and Regional School Unit 1 Transition Committee.

“I want to thank the members of the committee for their nomination,” said Vitelli. “I have focused my career on helping others build their businesses.  As a State Senator, I want to continue building and strengthening Maine’s economy.”

Under Governor Paul LePage’s administration, Maine is still struggling while much of the rest of the country is rebounding from the recession. In the last year, Maine was one of only three states in the entire country that actually lost jobs. LePage was also recently ranked one of the worst governors in America by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). 

“Voters know Democrats are the only ones truly fighting for Mainers in Augusta, and in Eloise Vitelli the folks in District 19 have a great opportunity to send another champion of working people to the Statehouse.” said Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant. “Republican lawmakers proved in this last session that they are more loyal to LePage than they are to their constituents, flip-flopping to sustain a record 59 vetoes that passed originally with overwhelming support. Maine can’t afford another ‘Yea’ vote for the failed LePage agenda.

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