I support Diane Russell for Maine House Speaker

When Diane Russell first ran for Maine State Rep four years ago, she did so as the cashier at her neighborhood convenience store. At $8/hour, there were no paid sick days, no health insurance and certainly no perks, but she learned a lot about hard work and low pay as a college graduate with countless student loans. More importantly, she developed a fierce loyalty with her neighbors as they confided their struggles, their strife and their hope for the future. Just a working class gal, she gave them hope that maybe there was a politician out there who would bring their voice to Augusta. She has never forgotten her roots, or the people who voted her into office.

Diane has consistently stood up for the Middle Class, fighting to ensure Maine families could heat their homes, restructuring the Unemployment Insurance system to prevent layoffs and fighting for smart economic policy that benefited Middle Class Mainers and not Corporate lobbyists with shiny shoes. A Clean Elections legislator - with no leadership PAC - she will truly be beholden to the people of Maine and not Corporate sponsors. I may not agree with every position she takes, but I know unequivocally that she will fight for the Middle Class and do what she believes is in the best interest of Maine people.

She fights for us because she's one of us. It's why I'm proud to support Diane Russell for Speaker of the Maine House.

I hope you will, too.

Signed,

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    Current List of Public Signers

    Neva Allen, Belfast Lynn Appleby, Madison Peter Alexander, Bath Diane is a fearless fighter for justice, transparency, and inclusiveness in public policy. She also knows how to work across the aisle and will get things done. She'd be a great Speaker! Janice Bailey, Portland Diane Russell has been consistent on the issues that are important to me. I support her. Hon. Harlan Baker, Portland William Baker-DiGiulio, Bowdoin Kathleen Bal, Liberty Adinah Barnett, Portland Dawna Bemis, Portland Matthew Beck, South Portland John Bernard, South Portland Since I retired to Maine (from Texas) in 2005, I have gradually come to know Diane Russell's work in the legislature in some detail. I am a great admirer of the legislature in general--and especially of its unusual openness to ordinary citizens when they take the trouble to come to Augusta. But Diane seems to me to be in a class by herself in her energy and dedication to her legislative work. Add in her knowledge of the institution and its processes, and I can't think of anyone more qualified to be its Speaker. She has my vote! Shane Billings, Hallowell Charles Blaisdell, Winslow Antonio Blasi, Hancock Lorae Boisvert, Kennebunk Brian Breton, Augusta Barbara Anne Boyce, Bath Michael Brigham, New Vineyard Alana Brown, Portland Reb Brann, Portland Diane is the most well-read member of our citizen legislature. She has the ability to build consensus by sharing knowledge, the energy to run an efficient House and the passion to ensure that the best interests of Mainers are represented. Matthew Butler, Bar Harbor Priscilla Campbell-Wyman, Kennebunkport Diane has my support. We're all tired of Big Party Politics and not caring for our neighbors!! Francis Cantara, Biddeford Stand tall against the LePage agenda! Thomas Carey, Farmington Robert Carmichael, South Portland Timothy Cason, Bowdoinham Elizabeth Castro, Winterport Kenn Chandler, Mount Desert Danielle Chrissman, Old Town Jeremy Clough, Freeport Charles Courant, Belfast Linda Crane, Fort Fairfield Heather Curtis, Portland Peter Darling, Cape Elizabeth I feel you are just what the Maine House needs, a compassionate, thinking speaker. John Davidson, Waterville We need a Person in this position that is for the peoples best interests, not a person who is guided by Right wing talking points. Carol Davis, Cape Neddick John Davis, Saco I like what I have been hearing about Diane Russell, and I like the fact that she is so informative concerning what is going on in Augusta. I think she is just the person for this important position, because her loyalties lie with the people who need her help the most: the poor and middle class. Stephen Demetriou, Portland Joel Desjardins, Fort Kent Valmore Desjardins, Swanville You’re awesome! Daniel Desrochers, Milford Sandra Doctoroff, Auburn Maine needs a speaker who really listens to and speaks up for the people and doesn't just do the bidding of party leadership. Based on my interactions with Diane I believe she is such a leader and it's about time! We need her now more than ever before. As one of the "ordinary people" she speaks up for, she has my endorsement! Jon Doucette, Baileyville Sarah Dunlop, Mexico Steve Dunn, Bangor Diane will be an awesome speaker of the house. I believe she will truly represent the people and not "special interests. Linda Duby, Acton Chris Elliott, Waldoboro Couldn’t think of a better person for the job . I may not be in her district ,but I have followed her in papers and had the opportunity to meet her. She is a very hard worker and would do so for the people of Maine. Alyssa Eppich, Saco Elizabeth Erin, South Portland Linda Fairbrother, Bucksport Paul Fidalgo, Saco Christopher Foss, Arundel I support you! Sarah Fuller, Winthrop Jane Frazier, Caratunk Penny Sue French, South China Peter Garrett, Winslow Frank Gifford, Oakland Kate Ginn, Portland Steven Goodman, Portland Diane Russell has been a tremendous representative and I support her fully. Suellen Goodman, Kennebunk Daniel Guimond, Augusta Ward Grafton, Jr., Warren Lawrence Grant, Palermo Jenny Gray, Wiscasset Good choice is Diane Russell for Speaker of the House. David Grondin, Portland Bonnie Handy, Gray I support Diane Russell to be the next Speaker of the House. Bettie Harris-Howard, Lebanon Val Hart, Cumberland I heard Diane. I'm for her! Zara Hermann, Portland Adam Higgins, Standish Steve Hirshon, Portland Eric Hoffsten, Freeport Claire Houston, Freeport It's a pleasure to have such a caring and intelligent representative in Maine. Go, Diane! Robert A. Hoyt, Portland I'm not even a Democrat, and I think she's awesome! Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta Good luck, we need to get back to basics, and get our elected officials working for the PEOPLE! Russell Iser, Suffern Go Diane! Cris Johnson, Old Orchard Beach Good ideas are not always good politics. So screw the politics. Be true to good ideas. James Johnson, Searsmont Shawn Johnson, Old Town I am in support of Diane Russell for Speaker of the Maine House! Kristeen Jordan, Mechanic Falls Ian King, Guilford Gail Kass, Harpswell You go girlfriend! Cheryl Kee, Waldoboro Larry Knowlton, Porter Bill Kreamer, Belfast Andre Kruppa, South Portland Maine needs a strong speaker and Diane's excellent record clearly demonstrates her verve and constancy! Michael Labriola, Portland Derek Lane, Old Town Gary Leo, Portland Ron Lemieux, Cumberland Joe Lendvai, Brooklin Catherine Lee, Eastport Thank you, Diane. The people of Maine need you. Richard Lewis, Livermore Falls Gary Libby, Portland Joseph Lillis, Island Falls Two thumbs up for Diane Russell ;) Donna Little, Falmouth Let's just do this damn it ! Peter Lizotte, Caribou Do us proud and keep up the good work! Duane Lugdon, Bradley It is rare to meet a Legislator with the Courage, Dedication, and Tenacity that Diane Russell has. I take comfort that when the hard working people of Maine need a voice that she is first in line to speak up. From Madison Wisconsin to Augusta Maine --- she is an advocate for Maine's working families that exquisitely represents their needs. After Nov. 6th pass her the gavel to our new MAJORITY in the Maine House!!!!! Frederica Luke, Boothbay Sarah Lyons, Poland Lorinda MacDonald, RN, Portland Diane is a passionate advocate for all Mainers. I support her bid to become Speaker of the House. Sarah MacKinnon, Milford Jamie Mandrake, Portland Diane Russell is devoted to local citizens and I'm proud to have her represent my district----I only wish she would have the opportunity to represent much more of the Maine populace! Her fight for our rights and concerns as citizens of Maine, is an interactive one~~~~the best that can be said of any politician! Don Marietta, Portland Kevin McDermott, Portland Barbara McClure, Hancock Sheilah McGovern, York Jeanne McIntyre, Waldo Diane Russell is strong, intelligent and fair. She listens and she fights for what matters. She believes in Maine values. She respects and appreciates the people of Maine and she isn't afraid to stand up for us. She is passionate and tireless and we are so fortunate to have her in our corner. I trust Diane Russell to be my voice in Augusta any day of the week. Abbie McMillen, Brooksville Diane has the energy, intelligence, and courage to do this job right. Nobody will pull the wool over her eyes, and she cannot be bought. We, the 99%, need her in that position. Kathy Missal, Woolwich Leora Mosston, South Portland Roxanne Munksgaard, Bangor Diane would be a fabulous Speaker for Maine people! Si se puede! It can be done! In solidarity and strength! Tom Murphy, Rockport Scott Murray, Portland Diane is a true voice of the people. She is not afraid to take a stand in the best interests of the people that she represents. The middle class needs strong representation and I think Diane Russell is just what we need in a strong house speaker. I enthusiastically support her for Speaker of the Maine House. Scott Neumeyer, Augusta Marion Olson, Wells Gerard Pare, Augusta Diane Russell knows what democracy is about and does a great job representing her constituents. Michael Porter, Chebeague Island Jeffrey Randall Moon, Portland Beth Peary, South Portland Pamela Pinault, Porter The single most important issue to be addressed in this country is Election Reform! Legislators in our current system spend the entire time they are in office fund-raising for their next election. The Clean Elections process is a great step in the right direction toward freeing candidates from Corporate dues. It needs to be protected and built upon! Until it is illegal for any individual to collect millions of dollars (money that could be spent in the effort to relieve suffering for the citizens of this country) and spend it on glitzy televised insults, we will not see change from the current system! Keep up the good fight! We need you! Joan Quinn, Wilton Mark Ricketts, Bangor Bonnie Riddle, South Portland Janet Rivas, Yarmouth Chris Roberts, Stockton Springs Diane is wonderful as a person, smart as heck at the State House and is one who truly works tirelessly and deserves to be the Maine House Speaker! Valerie Robertson, Milo Love her energy! Britt Rose, Freeport Gail Rowe, Cape Elizabeth Tom & Gayle Russell (mom & dad), Bryant Pond Dan Rynberg, Yarmouth Go Diane! Ingrid Scott, Castine Diane would be an excellent Speaker, and we need to have her in that position to continue to move Maine forward in positive direction. Billie-Jo Seavey, Starks Best person for the job! Someone who will speak up for our rights. Christopher Seavey, Starks Laura Sewell, Yarmouth Maine needs more strong and passionate advocates like Diane Russell. Dennis Sheehy, Portland C. Simon, Swanville Neil Skillin, Portland Karen Smith, Portland John Soper, Kennebunk Elizabeth Sprague, North Berwick Thais Smart, Fort Kent Doing this for a friend. If she believes that you would be good for us, then I have to believe that you will. Linda Stevens, Portland Dwight Swisher, Trevett I strongly support this initiative. Diane has earned this position through dedicated work FOR her constituents. Richard Tourigny, Stockton Springs Colleen Tucker, Portland Michael True, Auburn John Upham, Litchfield have talked with Diane and know that she has the interests and concerns of the people of the State of Maine foremost in her mind. She will make a GREAT speaker . Christina Valente, Standish Patricia Washburn, Portland Burt Wartell, Bar Harbor Jan Warren, Camden Alexander Wild, Waterville Crystal Williams, Hartford Complete support for this fine woman! William L. Williams, Springvale I would hope that Ms. Russell will be able to put her talents to work in the Legislature. Her sharp mind and her practical approach to problem solving would be a definite improvement for the House. Russell Woodcock, Mount Vernon Joseph Wright, Seal Cove Charles Wynott, Portland I support Diane for a voice for the people of portland.