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  • Rep. Short rejoins the Democratic Party, Maine House Democratic caucus

    Rep. Stanley Short Jr. of Pittsfield is rejoining the House Democratic caucus after reenrolling in the Democratic Party on September 24, 2015.

    “Over the last five months, I have had numerous discussions with constituents, fellow members in the House of Representatives as well as family members about my decision in April to unenroll. Those discussions and many hours of thought on my part led me to rejoin the Democratic Party,” Short said. “I had been a member of the Democratic Party for many years and I have now come to believe that my return is in the best interest of my constituents. It is also without a doubt where I need to be to continue my lifelong fight for the working men and women of Maine. I obviously did not and will not agree with every position that another Democrat takes, but as a member of the party I can play a role in the shaping of caucus strategy.”

    Democratic leaders greeted the news with enthusiasm and extended a warm welcome to Short.

    “Rep. Stanley Short Jr. has and always will be an unwavering champion of the workingman and workingwoman both inside and outside the State House. He fights for them at every turn, whether we’re talking about policies that ensure an honest paycheck for an honest day’s work, protect American jobs or promote fairness in the workplace. He is relentless in his advocacy for economic opportunity for all as well as being committed to Maine’s seniors, veterans and outdoor heritage,” said House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan. “Although our work and dialogue with Rep. Short never ceased, we are absolutely delighted that he has rejoined our caucus. We look forward to all that we will do together. I am proud to have him not just as a colleague, but as a friend.”

     

    “I am very pleased to welcome Rep. Stanley Short Jr. back to the Democratic caucus and our party,” said Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick. “Regardless of political affiliation, Rep. Short has always been a strong voice for his community as well as for Maine workers, families, and seniors.”

     

    The House Democratic caucus now stands at 78 members. The House of Representatives comprises 151 members.  Two vacant seats will be filled through a special election on Nov. 3. One seat opened up with the death of Rep. Bill Noon, D-Springvale, and the other with the resignation of Rep. Mike Shaw, D-Standish.

  • Troy Jackson elected to the Democratic National Committee- Kennedy becomes MDP executive director

    Maine Democrats have vowed to help the middle-class, all working Mainers and those in need of employment. Photo and article by Ramona du Houx

    At the Maine Democratic State Committee (DSC)  meeting, members unanimously elected former Maine Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and approved Jeremy Kennedy new postion as the new Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party (MDP).

    Jackson, of Allagash replaces Bartlett, who previously held the position from 2012 to 2014. In his role as DNC member, Jackson will act as a liaison between the National Committee and DSC and will serve with Maine’s other elected DNC member, Maggie Allen of Madison.

    “As one of Maine’s DNC members, I will not only be an unyielding voice for progressive populism among that body in Washington, D.C. I will also continue to serve here at home by merging this position with my activist roots,” said Jackson. “I believe this Party is the best vehicle for achieving the world we want. In my role at the DNC, I will not be afraid to stand up for middle class working people and call out those who hold them back.”

    Jackson previously served in the Maine Senate as Majority Leader and the Maine House of Representatives. Jackson is a strong labor advocate, who has supported policies that promote American manufacturing, fair wages and fight against economic inequality. He resides in Allagash with his partner, Lana Pelletier, and has two children, Chace and Camden.

    Kennedy will oversee MDP operations and staff, fundraising, communications and the Party’s biennial state conventions. 

    “Jeremy has been an integral part of the Maine Democratic Party’s fundraising efforts and get out the vote operation since 2012,” said Phil Bartlett, chair of MDP. “He brings a breadth of experience in his work campaigning for progressive leaders and causes in Maine and across the country. Jeremy’s leadership will be an asset as we champion Democratic candidates and policies that strengthen Maine’s middle class and further opportunity for all.”

    Kennedy previously served as the Party’s Finance Director and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Director in both 2012 and 2014. Kennedy began his political career working for Hillary Clinton for President in 2007. He then joined the Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C., traveling to six different states working on employment non-discrimination and marriage equality, including the No on 1 campaign in Maine in 2009. Since 2010 he has focused on electing Democrats to office at every level of state government in Maine. He resides in Portland with his partner, State Representative Matt Moonen.

    "I am honored to be named Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party,” said Kennedy. “I am proud of the work we have accomplished and know that there is still so much more to do. Our team is focused on the future, speaking with supporters and activists across the state and laying the groundwork for 2016.”