Christine Burstein announces candidacy for state representative, District 96

Apr 07, 2014

Christine Burstein, a nurse, medical instructor, community leader and Lincolnville resident, has announced her candidacy in the race for Maine State Representative for 96th District, which includes the towns of Belmont, Lincolnville, Liberty, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont. Burstein is an experienced Family Nurse Practitioner, who has worked for more than 35 years providing health services to families. She has also produced and directed projects to benefit area schools, and other educational organizations. She serves currently on the Five Towns CSD school board and as a board member of Maine Women’s Lobby. She is a professional boatman and holds a Merchant Marine 100 Ton License with sail endorsement. Burstein started her employment, working at the now-defunct chicken factory in Belfast, and went on to put herself through college and graduate from Columbia University with distinction, obtaining degrees as a Registered Nurse, a Masters of Science in Nursing and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been married 22 years and is the mother of a teenage son, 3 dogs and 2 cats.

“In the nursing profession, I’ve have been trained to look at the big picture,” says Burstein. “My experience working with families has helped me understand the importance of good community services and strong job opportunities. I’ve learned how to identify problems, look for causes and find solutions.” Burstein says that as a rural community Lincolnville has many needs and she feels committed to improving opportunities for the people in her region. “I appreciate the fact that District 96 has people from many different backgrounds and—as State Representative—I know I will be capable of making the contacts in Augusta that are necessary to secure resources for this region of Maine.”

In addition to her work as a Family Nurse Practitioner and medical instructor at the University of Maine-Augusta, Burstein has operated a small family business, producing health and educational videos and books. “As a business and home owner, I share the needs and concerns of my community members about taxes and stimulating growth for small businesses in my area,” says Burstein. “As a representative on the Five Towns CSD school board, I’ve also learned a great deal about the needs and hopes of the people in the towns in my district,” says Burstein. “And, I understand what the young people in our towns need to thrive and be successful.”

She says that, through her work, she has gained the ability to listen to people, understand their problems and develop solutions. “I have always worked extremely hard,” says Burstein, “which has helped me overcome obstacles in my life and will help me serve the people of my district.” She says she believes that we need to protect our environment and be aware of the decisions that are made in Augusta that effect the quality of our lives and will matter for the future. “We want Maine to be an economically vibrant, safe and healthy place for future generations to live in,” says Burstein, “and I believe I can help make this happen.”

For more information or to volunteer to assist with Christine Burstein’s campaign, please email or contact Ms. Burstein on Facebook at: Christine Burstein for State House.

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