Rep. Herbig announces bid for Maine Senate

By Ethan Andrews | Jan 02, 2018
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Surrounded by family members and local veterans, Rep. Erin Herbig addresses a crowd of more than a hundred supporters at French & Webb boatbuilders in Belfast Jan. 2 to announce her candidacy for Maine Senate District 11.

Belfast — Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, put speculation about her political future to rest, announcing at the waterfront shop of French & Webb boatbuilders Jan. 2 that she will run for Maine Senate District 11.

The four-term state representative and House Majority Leader has been eyed as a likely candidate to replace Sen. Mike Thibodeau — both legislators are facing term limits in 2018, and Thibodeau is running for governor. On Tuesday, Herbig made her Senate bid official.

"I went to Augusta to find solutions, not to get up on a soapbox," she said. "I’ve worked with anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves to support rural Maine and its families, like mine, who call it home. I’ve never forgotten where I come from and why I ran for office in the first place. And, I’m just getting started."

Herbig currently represents House District 97, including Belfast, Northport and Waldo. The District 11 Senate seat represents the 26 municipalities of Waldo County.

Herbig recently finished a specialized circuit of the county, touring more than 40 local businesses in an effort to learn more about their strengths and the problems they face. On Tuesday, she recalled the collapse of the poultry industry in Belfast in the late 1980s when she was growing up here and the effect it had on the local economy. That uncertainty led many of her classmates to leave for better opportunities elsewhere, she said.

"Our story is not unique," she said. "Families live it every day across rural Maine as our economy continues to change. Too many Maine families have been left behind by those changes. It shouldn’t be that way, and it doesn’t have to be."

Herbig reprised her legislative origin story, how she first ran for office eight years ago "because I knew Maine had to do a better job keeping more young people here, living, working and raising their families."

On Jan. 2, it was clear she has managed to do that for herself but that the uncertainty remains for future generations.

"I’m running for the Maine State Senate because I want to see more of our children like my son, Charles, and my daughter, Anna, and all of our children, stay in Waldo County because we have better jobs and better opportunities than other states," she said.

Among other priorities, Herbig listed affordable health care, funding for public education, reliable access to high-speed internet, support for elderly residents who wish to stay in their homes and the establishment of a Waldo County Community College Center.

Editor's note: This article was written from comments provided by Rep. Herbig's campaign in advance of her announcement, which was to be made at 5 p.m. Jan. 2.

House District 97 Rep. Erin Herbig announces her candidacy for Maine Senate District 11 at a gathering of supporters Jan 2. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Supporters raise posters at Rep. Erin Herbig's announcement Jan. 2 that she will seek the Maine Senate District 11 seat in November. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Comments (1)
Posted by: TROY HOWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL | Jan 02, 2018 23:09

Sorry we missed the announcement, you have our votes.  Looking forward to see what you will get done.  Proud of you.

Ellie



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