Pamela Smith
Democrat

banner-personalOffice Sought: Representative – District 23
Age: 61
Occupation: Lawyer
Education: BA, University of Maine, International Affairs in Political Science; JD, University of Maine School of Law
Family: Married
Hometown: Standish

Political experience

While I am new to seeking elected office, I have been an integral part of the mechanisms of government throughout my entire career. My bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of Maine at Orono has been invaluable in my service on Boards for children’s rights, women’s rights, and in advocating for senior rights as a VISTA volunteer (now AmeriCorps). As a lawyer and court-appointed guardian ad litem for almost a quarter century, I work constantly with parties who hold opposite views. My strength is finding a common path that either side will feel comfortable following. The result I keep always in view is the welfare of the child for whom I am advocating. This process is nearly identical in the political arena in Augusta; the only difference being the opposing parties are Democrats and Republicans, while the child being fought over is the Maine People. I will bring a fresh outsider’s view to Augusta.

Why are you running for office?

The challenges facing Maine’s people continue to mount, and Augusta needs new voices and fresh ideas to meet them. As a legal advocate for children, I have spent my life bringing people together over contentious issues. I intend to use that talent to reach across the aisle and help pursue compromises that result in positive legislative actions for the people of Maine. When polls indicate that the country is moving in the wrong direction, the root of that belief is political gridlock. In Maine, as elsewhere throughout the country, party politics have ground us to a standstill. I want to be part of the movement from new voices that find ways to overcome political self-interests and work for the common good of Maine people. Compromise is not a dirty word; it’s the way things get done in government. I want to be a catalyst for compromise.

 

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