ST. JOHN, Maine — A brand new Democratic candidate has entered the race for Maine Home District 1 after the occasion’s preliminary nominee, Toby Jandreau, voluntarily withdrew from the election.
Dana Appleby, 53, of St. John will symbolize the Democrats to tackle Republican Austin Theriault, a former NASCAR race automotive driver from Fort Kent.
The candidates are vying to switch longtime legislator Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, who can’t run for reelection as a result of time period limits.
Jandreau, a Fort Kent legal professional, dropped from competition for the Home seat to just accept a place as director of a soon-to-be-established free authorized help clinic within the city.
“That’s the venture I’ve wished to see up and working for 10 years. I simply couldn’t do this and the Legislature and my apply concurrently,” Jandreau stated.
Home District 1 consists of Allagash, Fort Kent, New Canada, Saint Francis, St. John Plantation, Eagle Lake, Winterville Plantation, Wallagrass, Portage Lake, Ashland, Masardis, Garfield Plantation, Nashville Plantation and Clayton Lake township.
Appleby desires to guard the rights and freedoms of all Maine residents, together with reproductive well being rights, similar intercourse marriage and the rights of the LGBTQ and minority communities, she stated. She additionally may also battle for academics and college students in any respect ranges of training.
Appleby has labored in training for a few years having taught kindergarten, first and second grades and as an training technician and substitute instructor. She additionally owned a licensed daycare heart and labored as a baby improvement companies early intervention case supervisor. She volunteers at St. Francis Public Library.
She has additionally served on the Faculty Board for Duluth Edison Constitution Faculty in Duluth, Minnesota, and was elected president of the mother or father/instructor group of Woodside Elementary Faculty in Topsham.
Initially from Minnesota, Appleby and her household first moved to northern Maine in 2001 when her husband, Don, who has household ties to the St. John Valley, accepted a job as a supervisor at a neighborhood name heart. The household left when the decision heart shut its doorways in 2006, however all the time wished to come back again.
“Final 12 months we have been supplied the chance to return to Don’s household homestead in St. John Plantation,” Dana Appleby stated. “The O’Leary Homestead was based on the banks of the St. John River in 1891. Don’s mother, Linda, grandfather, David O’Leary, and nice grandfather, John O’Leary have been all born in the home. We’re lucky to be the caretakers of this particular place.”
Dana Appleby stated her love for the pure setting of Maine is one other driving power behind her resolution to run for the Home seat. Her different priorities if elected are to supply reasonably priced well being care, housing and daycare for all Maine residents, she stated.
Regardless of becoming a member of the race late within the sport, Appleby is assured there may be loads of time to get her title and platform out to voters earlier than the November election.
She has nothing unfavorable to say about her opponent, however stated she and Theriault simply have totally different political priorities.
“I do know Austin and his household from once we lived right here earlier than. I do know him to be a form and respectful particular person,” Appleby stated. “I’ve loved following his profession and simply really feel strongly about defending the rights of ladies, minorities and the LGBTQ+ communities. I additionally need to talk about well being care reform and gun management.”
Chairperson of Aroostook County Democrats Brandon Dayton stated Appleby is the proper option to fill the District 1 seat.
“This resolution was finally made by the Fort Kent Democratic Committee and the vote was unanimous,” Dayton stated. “We’re excited Dana has determined to step right into a place of management.”
Appleby stated she is engaged on qualifying for Maine Clear election funding and has collected virtually 40 of the 60 contributions wanted to qualify.
“I’m excited to see how I could make a distinction for Maine and Northwestern Aroostook County,” Appleby stated.