Ethan Strimling

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Ethan Strimling
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 8th district
In office
2003–2008
Preceded byAnne Rand
Succeeded byJustin Alfond
Personal details
Born(1967-10-19) October 19, 1967 (age 45)
New York City, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Beeaker
ProfessionExecutive Director, LearningWorks
Websitehttp://www.strimlingformayor.com/
 
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Ethan Strimling
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 8th district
In office
2003–2008
Preceded byAnne Rand
Succeeded byJustin Alfond
Personal details
Born(1967-10-19) October 19, 1967 (age 45)
New York City, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Beeaker
ProfessionExecutive Director, LearningWorks
Websitehttp://www.strimlingformayor.com/

Ethan King Strimling (born October 19, 1967) is a former Democratic State Senator from Maine's 8th District. He served in the Maine State Senate from 2002 to 2009. He was replaced by Justin Alfond. In July 2011, Strimling announced his candidacy for Mayor of Portland, Maine. He is Executive Director of LearningWorks, a West End non-profit organization.

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Early life

Ethan Strimling was born and raised in New York City, and attended the Juilliard School for Theater from 1985 to 1987. Later, he attended the University of Maine and received his B.A. in History. He then pursued a Masters in Education degree from Harvard University, and received it in 1994.

After school, he went to Washington, D.C. to work as a legislative aide for then-First District Congressman Tom Andrews. He then came back to Maine to serve as State Senator Dale McCormick's Campaign Manager for her 1996 Congressional race.

Strimling began serving as the Executive Director of Portland West [1], a non-profit social-service agency that works with at-risk kids and low-income families in Portland's West End, in 1997. Strimling has also served on the boards of several political and non-profit committees, including Maine Won't Discriminate, Casinos NO!, and the Maine NAACP.

Career in politics

Strimling's first run for public office was for the Portland City Council in 1999. He was defeated by incumbent Jack Dawson by just 24 votes. During a recount, the City Council awarded 35 disputed ballots to Strimling after his campaign argued that voters who filled in a blank line below his name had intended to vote for him. When Dawson appealed the decision to Maine Superior Court, Strimling announced that he would step aside and give Dawson the council seat. Strimling stated that the decision of the City Council in awarding him the disputed ballots had created the perception among some that the election had been stolen[citation needed].

In 2002, Strimling ran his first campaign for the Maine State Senate to succeed Anne M. Rand. He was elected in his first race with 74% of the vote, and again in 2004 with 76%. He was elected for a third term in 2006. In the State Senate, Strimling was the Chair of the Labor Committee and also a member of the Taxation Committee. He has also served as Chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, and in 2006, was Co-Chair of Maine's Homeland Security Task Force.

In 2008, when Democratic Congressman Tom Allen announced that he would challenge U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Strimling declared that he would run for Maine's 1st congressional district. In the June 10 Democratic primary, Strimling finished fourth with 5,833 votes (out of 55,382 votes cast).[1] He was succeeded in the Maine Senate by fellow Democrat Justin Alfond.

In February 2010, Strimling was appointed to the New England board of the Anti-Defamation League. By doing so, he became the first Maine resident to be appointed to the position.[2]

On July 26, 2011, Strimling formally announced he was running for Mayor of Portland.[3] Following the first fundraising and expenditure report of the mayoral election, it was announced that Strimling had raised more than $88,000 dollars for the mayor's campaign. $88,000 was almost twice as much as the next closest fundraiser and more than $1 for each resident of the city of Portland.[4]

Electoral results

References

  1. ^ http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/2008/tabs-can-cg-dem-1st-district-6-08.html
  2. ^ Ethan Strimling: First Mainer Appointed to ADL New England Board Anti-Defamation League, February 23, 2010
  3. ^ Strimling to enter Portland mayor's race Portland Press Herald, July 25, 2011
  4. ^ Koenig, Seth (October 28, 2011). "Strimling raises most funds among Portland mayoral candidates". Bangor Daily News. http://bangordailynews.com/2011/10/28/news/portland/strimling-raises-most-funds-among-portland-mayoral-candidates/. Retrieved 30 October 2011.

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