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Beth Allen grew up in Eliot, Maine and found herself drawn north to Hancock County after high school.  She studied at the University of Maine in Orono. Beth works for KidsPeace New England (a residential treatment facility serving children.) Beth has been with the nonprofit for the past 12 years and has enjoyed the many roles she has held within the organization.  Beth and her partner Valerie are raising 2 daughters in Fletchers Landing Township. Beth, Valerie and daughter, Fiona (6) were thrilled to welcome their families’ newest addition, baby Oakley born in October.

A Maine native, Ashley has been living on a family owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm in Warren. Upon graduating from Medomak Valley High School, she went on to earn her Bachelors degree at Boston University in May 2009.While studying in Boston, she fostered her lifelong political interests and has spent the past four years engaged in numerous campaigns, stretching from a NY state assembly race to a London mayoral campaign.

Jill Barkley is a community organizer and public policy advocate in Portland, Maine. She currently serves as Executive Director of Emerge Maine. After completing her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Barkley relocated from her native home of Michigan to Maine in 2004.

Maine State Representative

She is a State Representative in the Maine State House. She is on the Board of Directors for Marshwood Education Foundation. She is also a member/participant/volunteer at Eliot /South Berwick libraries, historical societies & local land trust.

U.S. Senate Candidate

Shenna Bellows has served as the Executive Director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union since March of 2005. She returned home to Maine, where she grew up, after spending two years as a National Field Organizer at the ACLU Legislative Office in Washington, D.C.Shenna is active in the Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition, the Maine Immigrants Rights Coalition, the Right to Know Advisory Committee, and the Maine Choice Coalition. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and has served in both the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA programs.

She is the first Emerge alumna in the country to run for the U.S. Senate.

Kathryn Best is originally form Waldoboro, Maine and graduated from the University of Maine, Orono in 2006. She has since had a diverse set of experiences including interior design, social work, corporate law, but is currently working for a green energy company in Portland Maine. She enjoys spending time on the water and exercising in her free time.

Kelly Bickmore is currently working as the Operations Director for a national healthcare speciality company. She is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings. Kelly is an active volunteer in her community and has served as a school board director for over 10 years. Kelly has continued to support her small family business of construction and farming. She is a lifelong Mainer. Kelly lives in Newburgh with her children, Mathias and Claire, and a large group of cats, dogs, and horses.

Sarah Bigney is a mobilizer at the Maine AFL-CIO.

Dauna Binder is a Democratic candidate for the Maine House of Representatives (District 17). A retired teacher, Ms. Binder is a lifelong advocate for Maine's children with a progressive agenda: pro-choice and pro-marriage equality. 

Pamela works at Family Violence Project as the Legal Specialist.  She is also a Professor at University of Maine with the Justice Studies Department and with the Behavioral/Human Services Department at Kennebec Valley Community College.  She has an extensive academic and professional legal background, with a concentration in domestic violence and has been certified as an expert in domestic violence by the Texas School of Law.  Academics include: Assoc. Criminal Justice, B.S.

Candidate for Maine State House Representative, District 83

Pamela works at Family Violence Project as the Legal Specialist.  She is also a Professor at University of Maine with the Justice Studies Department and with the Behavioral/Human Services Department at Kennebec Valley Community College.  She has an extensive academic and professional legal background, with a concentration in domestic violence and has been certified as an expert in domestic violence by the Texas School of Law.  Academics include: Assoc. Criminal Justice, B.S.

Mary Breen has owned the Bread and Roses Bakery in Ogunquit Maine and Bread and Roses Commercial Kitchen in Wells Maine since 1989.

Mary Katherine Brennan  is from York, Maine. I am a 1998 graduate  of York High School, a 2002 graduate of Colby College, and a 2006 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. I am currently a Staff Attorney at Maine Legal Services for the Elderly Inc. since 2006. I have been a volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Justice Action group, the United Way of York County, and the York County Elder Abuse task force. I live in South Berwick with my husband, Smilie G. Rodgers, and our dog Olive Rodgers.

Heidi is a grateful graduate of the Emerge Maine class of 2012.  Having worked as a physician, she believes that healthcare is a basic human right and has seen the consequences of not providing healthcare early enough to prevent illness.  She feels that basic needs such as food and shelter are an integral part of healthcare and living with dignity.  Providing education, at all ages, is also a purpose she feels passionate about. 

Heidi is currently volunteering as Co-Chair of Maine People’s Alliance Board and as Secretary of both the Maine Democratic State Committee and the Androscoggin County Democratic Committee.  She was recently appointed to the Lewiston Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee and elected to the local Head Start Board. 

Nicole Brown is an alumna of the Class of 2012. A veteran of Maine progressive politics, Nicole has worked for the Maine Democratic Party, the Maine People’s Alliance, Opportunity Maine, the Maine Women’s Lobby, and the Eastern Maine Labor Council.

I am a third year Sociology major and Native Studies minor. Originally, I am from Dixfield, Maine (Oxford County). This past summer I worked as a Team Leader at Equality Maine for persuasion canvas.

Cindy Bullens, born in Boston, is, in her soul, a life-long resident of Maine, living in both Cumberland and North Haven. Cindy is the mother of Reid and Jessie Bullens-Crewe—and the grandmother of two girls, Tobey and Charlotte. Reid lives in Cumberland and Jessie lost her life to cancer at age 11 in 1996. Cindy is a two-time Grammy nominee who's 35 year career in the music business has included working with Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and many others. She has released nine critically acclaimed albums.

Androscroggin County Democratic Committee

Penthea Burns joined the Board of Directors of Camp To Belong International in 2008 and is the past Board Chair. Penthea also works with the Program Development committee for the organization. Burns has a Master’s degree in Social Work and over 30 years of experience in the child welfare system in Maine.

State Representative
Penobscot County Democratic Committee

I grew up in a family of eight, the third child of six.  I learned that everything you get in life, you must create or earn, to be self sufficient and to have the attitude that I can learn to do anything.  I've been a Registered Nurse for 23 years easing people into life and out of life with care and compassion.  When the love of my life, over the last 30 years, left our partnership a few years ago, I discovered a beautiful truth through that pain.

I have been employed with Northrop Grumman Corporation, Bath, Maine for 21 years. I am the Commissioning Coordinator/Chief Protocol Officer for all U.S. ships. I assist in planning the commissioning ceremonies, which include mailing invitations, tracking RSVP’s and sending tickets from 5,000 – 25,000 people. I have been on the Town of Lisbon’s School Committee for three years and have held the position as co-chair for the last year.  Politics has always been in my family.

Amy Cookson is an alumna from the Class of 2011, and the current Vice-President of the Emerge Maine Board. Amy earned her BA in Political Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her Master's in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She spent two years as Senior Budgeting Analyst in Albany, New York, before returning to Maine. In addition to her policy experience, Amy has volunteered and worked on several political campaigns, most recently as the Field Director for the Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. She is currently the Press Secretary for Emerge Advisory Board Member Emily Cain's Congressional campaign, and also serves on the Emerge America Board.

Kaitlyn Cunningham manages marketing programs, including web development and public relations, for Maine Manufacturing, a Life Science company in Sanford.

Hallie graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in History and International Relations and taught American history and government in high school and college in North Carolina.  She moved to Maine in 1979 and married Stephen, a civil engineering consultant.  They have one daughter, a recent graduate of Smith College who is very interested in politics.  
In the 80’s, Hallie became a widely exhibited craftswoman and worked for several years for the Maine Festival.  She was a real estate broker until she began working for L.L.Bean where she stayed until retirement this summer.

State Representative

Matthea Daughtry was born and raised in Brunswick, Maine. She is a graduate of Brunswick High School and Smith College. At Smith she majored in Studio Art while minoring in History and Landscape Architecture. She works as a photographer and serves in the Maine State House of Representatives. 

Portland Board of Education

As a high school student attending Gould Academy in Bethel Maine, I promised I would move permanently to Maine as soon as I could. It took a few decades but I finally purchased my first house in Old Orchard Beach and became a full time resident in September 2001.  In between those years, my work history includes 23 years of public sector service at the Federal, State and local levels.

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