August 17, 2010

Ben Chipman to run for House District 119

By Tom Bell
Staff Writer

Ben Chipman, who has been a prominent leader in the Green Independent Party in Maine, announced today that he is running for the House District 119 seat as an independent candidate.

Christian McNeil, who won the Green primary race in June, won’t be on the Nov. 2 ballot because he has withdrawn his candidacy.

The district includes Portland’s Parkside, Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods.

Chipman moved into the district in May when he bought a three-family house on Mayo Street. However, Chipman missed the deadline for establishing residency for a primary race, but he is allowed to run in the general election as an independent. Chipman has unenrolled from the Green Party.

Chipman worked in the Legislature from 2002 to 2006 as the Green Party’s staff when it had one member in the House, John Eder of Portland. Chipman also has worked as campaign coordinator for the Greens and as chair of the Cumberland County Party Committee.

He recently served on the Portland Charter Commission.

Chipman’s opponent will be Jill Barkley, who won the Democratic primary against  Mohammed Dini with 63 percent of the vote.

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