MSEA-SEIU Member Mark Brunton gains legislative committee’s support for his nomination to MainePERS Board of Trustees

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Mark Brunton addresses the Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee June 3 during his nomination hearing for our seat on the Maine Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees. The committee unanimously voted to support his nomination, which now goes to the Maine Senate.

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State Rep. and MSEA-SEIU Retiree Member Donna Doore hugs Mark Brunton after the Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee unanimously voted to support his nomination to serve on the MainePERS Board of Trustees.

The Maine Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee on June 3 unanimously voted to support the Governor’s nomination, based on our recommendation, of MSEA-SEIU Member Mark Brunton for our union’s seat on the Maine Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees.

“I am honored and humbled to be nominated,” Mark told the committee during his confirmation hearing. “The Maine Public Employee Retirement System plays a crucial role in the state’s economy and its workforce. I have a deep respect for the fiduciary duties and responsibilities of each trustee. I pledge to uphold those duties and responsibilities to the best of my abilities and to act in the best interests of MainePERS members and beneficiaries.”

Mark lives in China, Maine, with his wife, Michelle. They have six children, the youngest of whom is a third-year student at the University of Maine. His family is firmly woven into the fabric of Maine, as students in public schools and higher education systems, and as participants in the public and private sector workforce.

He works as a Resource Coordinator for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Aging and Disability Services’ central office in Augusta. In this professional level position, he is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Brain Injury Specialist. In addition, he has received substantial training related to his work. This training includes Psychosocial Assessment training; SETU Leadership Development Certificate earned; Project Management training, Molina Medicaid Solutions training, MaineCare, EIS, MIHMS/QNXT, MAPSIS, Microsoft Office, Google products, Lexis Nexis, JSTOR, EBSCOhost, IBM SPSS, and GIS.

Mark began working for Maine DHHS shortly after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and political science from the University of Maine in 2013. While a student at UMaine, he served in the General Student Senate of Maine Student Government for three years. As a student senator, he debated and voted on policy recommendations and fiscal allocations for student groups and activities. He served on the Services Committee, Policy and Procedure Committee, Fair Elections Practices Committee, and the President’s Cabinet. He was elected as Sergeant-at-Arms, and President pro-tempore. While at UMaine, he also worked in guest relations for the University of Maine Museum of Art.

For our union, Mark serves as president of the Capitol Western Chapter. He also serves on our Finance Committee, Resolutions Committee, Elections & Review Committee, and the Constitution & Bylaws Committee.

The MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors put Mark’s name forward to Governor Mills to complete the term of Ben Viola on the Maine Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees, following Ben’s retirement from public service last year.

Speaking in support of Mark’s nomination, MSEA-SEIU Director of Politics and Legislation Jeff McCabe told the Labor and Housing Committee about the process that led to our union’s recommendation of Mark for our seat on the MainePERS Board of Trustees.

“After learning of the pending retirement from public service of MSEA-SEIU Member Ben Viola, who served as our union’s representative on the MainePERS Board of Trustees for 14 years, MSEA-SEIU President Ramona Welton in August 2018 emailed all of our members who work for the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches of Maine State Government. She asked them to consider the opportunity to complete Ben’s term,” Jeff told the committee. “In her message, President Welton outlined the requirements in state law for this position: The person must be an MSEA-SEIU member and a state-employee participant in the MainePERS State Employee and Teacher Retirement Plan. The person also must have ‘a working knowledge of retirement policy and legal issues and a general knowledge and understanding of banking, finance and investment practices.’ After careful consideration, the MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors recommended Mark for nomination.”

Mark’s nomination now goes to the Maine Senate for a confirmation vote.

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Labor and Housing Committee Senate Chair Shenna Bellows congratulates MSEA-SEIU Member Mark Brunton after the committee’s unanimous vote supporting his nomination to serve on the MainePERS Board of Trustees.

Updated: June 4, 2019 — 12:57 pm