Richard R. Farnsworth


Office Sought: Representative – District 37
Age: 76
Occupation: Retired other than being in the House
Education: B.S, Ohio State University, M.Div., Boston University, CAGS, Temple University
Family: Married, 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren
Hometown: Portland

Political experience

I served in the Maine House during the 118th legislature and have been serving in the 126th and 127th.

Why are you running for office?

I have grave concerns about the operation of our government under the current administration. One is around the oppressive policies that have been implemented in relation to the part of our population that lives at or below the poverty level. the oppressive behavior of the State in relation to efforts to help these people rise about the poverty level is hurting many people that want to move ahead. Secondly, the efforts by the administration around the problem of substance use disorder among our population has damaged the continuum of services by eliminating some services and under funding others. Third, the reduction of state workers has made it increasingly difficult for the state agencies to fulfill their missions and diminishes their ability to deliver the services to our citizens as well as to meet compliance standards from funding sources. Fourth, we must keep the momentum going in the establishment of Pre-K programs for young children. this is the ground level at which we must start to work in order to develop an effective workforce of the future.


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