Dale Denno


Office Sought: Representative – District 45
Age: 66
Occupation: Semi-retired; adjunct professor of business law at St. Joseph’s College
Education: B.A., Syracuse University; J.D., Cornell Law School
Family: Married to the artist Diane Dahlke, with 2 adult sons and 2 young granddaughters
Hometown: Cumberland

Political experience

I was elected to the M.S.A.D. 51 Board of Directors in 1991, and served on the board through 1997, including a term as Chairman.

In 2011, I was appointed Director of Maine’s Office for Family Independence, overseeing all public assistance programs in the state. OFI is the largest office in DHHS, with over 950 employees across the state. As a Democrat, I served effectively in a Republican administration, enjoying strong working relationships with staff and legislators on both sides of the aisle.

In 2015, I was appointed to the Cumberland Aging in Place Committee, where I currently serve as Chairman.

Why are you running for office?

I am running to give a voice to the moderate, independent-minded people who make up the majority of District 45. I don’t believe that Gov. LePage’s agenda is our community’s agenda, and I want to represent the centrist tradition established in Cumberland by Meredith Burgess and Steve Moriarty, and in Gray by Donnie Carroll. Whether the issue is Land for Maine’s Future, investment in renewable solar power, affordable housing for seniors, or property tax reduction, I believe that I would return that moderate, thoughtful voice to Augusta.

The most critical strategic issue facing Maine is our demographic trend: we are the oldest population in the U.S., and we are losing our young people. We need to take bold actions to attract and retain entrepreneurs to create the jobs that will enable our kids to build lives and raise their families here in Maine. The most critical element of that effort must be to develop an educated workforce with the advanced skills needed to succeed in a global economy.

The flip side of that demographic challenge is that we need to take creative actions to make sure that we are supporting our seniors. As Chairman of Cumberland’s Aging in Place Committee, I have had the opportunity to work with people throughout the community to make it easier for seniors to remain in their homes. This is a challenge we are called upon to address, with creative approaches to housing, property tax relief, and community services.


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