News release — MSEA-SEIU endorsements

Contact, Mary Anne Turowski, 622-3151
Aug. 20, 2018

Advocacy for working families, retirees, public services earn Janet Mills, Angus King, Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree support of Maine’s largest service workers’ union

Citing each candidate’s proven record in support of Maine workers, retirees, public services, affordable healthcare and retirement security, members of the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, have announced their support for Maine Attorney General Janet Mills for Governor, U.S. Senator Angus King, Jared Golden for Congress, and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in the Nov. 6 General Elections.


“Attorney General Janet Mills looks out for everyone in Maine. She’s tough as nails, and she knows how to get things done,” said MSEA-SEIU Chief Steward Bill Hartley of Sanford, an automotive mechanic III for the Maine Turnpike Authority. “Please join me in voting and campaigning to elect Janet Mills for Governor.”

As attorney general, Janet Mills is enforcing the state law mandating full staffing of Maine’s public health nursing program. Earlier this year, she held the LePage administration accountable for illegally closing the Downeast Correctional Facility in Bucks Harbor. She supports implementation of the voter-approved Medicaid expansion law.

The union members also noted Mills’ lifetime record of advocating for Maine people. In 1976, she served as an assistant attorney general. She practiced law for 13 years with her brother, Peter, in Skowhegan, and served as a state legislator for eight years before becoming attorney general.

Senator Angus King has proven himself as an advocate for workers and retirees during his first term in the U.S. Senate.

“From his votes on healthcare to budgets to cabinet-level nominations, Senator King consistently puts Maine people first,” said MSEA-SEIU Union Steward Nickole Wesley of Portland, an assistant clerk for the State of Maine Judicial Branch. “He has earned re-election, and I am proud to vote for and campaign for him.”

Jared Golden, the Maine House Assistant Democratic Leader from Lewiston, served four years in the Marine Corps with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Now more than ever, we need a leader like Jared Golden, who will always have our backs in Congress,” said MSEA-SEIU Union Steward Brian Markey, a transportation worker II for the Maine Department of Transportation and a veteran from Kenduskeag. “Jared Golden will fight for workers and retirees with every vote he takes in Congress. That’s why I’m voting and campaigning for Jared.”

A relentless advocate for Maine workers and retirees, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has advocated for Maine people at the national level for since her election in 2008, and before that as a state legislator, on critical issues like affordable healthcare and retirement security.

“America needs more leaders in Congress with Chellie Pingree’s values,” said MSEA-SEIU Union Steward Brian Tuttle of Pownal, a customer representative for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles. “She always stands up for everyday people and holds corporations accountable.”

The Maine State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989 represents 12,000 workers and retired workers throughout Maine, including public workers in all three branches of Maine State Government, the Maine Community College System, the Maine Turnpike Authority, Maine Maritime Academy, Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, York County Government, City of Auburn, City of Lewiston, Lewiston Public Schools, and York County Government. The union also represents private workers employed by Alpha One, the American Red Cross in Bangor, Green Valley Association in Island Falls, Treats Falls House in Orono, the Maine People’s Alliance, and Home Care for Maine. All MSEA-SEIU members quoted in this news release are speaking strictly as union members and private citizens.

Updated: August 20, 2018 — 11:37 AM