ELLSWORTH — Franklin resident Max Coolidge announced Tuesday he is running for state representative for House District 137.
The district encompasses Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Franklin and Great Pond, plus the towns of Bradford, Bradley, Edinburg, Greenbush, Lagrange and Passadumkeag in Penobscot County and Beddington, Deblois, Northfield and Wesley in Washington County. It also includes unorganized territories in Hancock and Washington counties.
State Rep. Larry Lockman, a Republican from Bradley, currently holds the seat.
Coolidge, a Democrat, is an attorney in Ellsworth.
“If you had asked me two weeks ago what the greatest challenges facing our state are, I would have said combating global climate change and creating an economy that works for all Mainers, not just those at the top,” said Coolidge.
“Obviously, our lives have changed dramatically over the last few weeks. The COVID-19 crisis has shown us how important it is for us to take care of one another and protect the most vulnerable members of our society.”
“This crisis highlights the critical need for a stronger social safety net to protect seniors, the uninsured, those affected by addiction and families struggling to survive in this difficult economy,” the attorney said. “The global pandemic will likely have long-lasting effects and we will need a responsive, progressive state government more than ever. I would be honored to represent the people of this district in the upcoming legislative session.”
Coolidge is running as a Clean Election candidate and is accepting $5 contributions to the Maine Clean Elections Fund.
“Maine has an excellent public financing system for legislative candidates that makes sure lawmakers are responsive only to the people in their districts and not to outside influence,” said Coolidge. “Keeping big money out of politics is a top priority for the progressive movement. I’m proud to be running as a Clean Election candidate.”
Coolidge can be reached at [email protected] or on Facebook @Max4House137.