Matt Moonen Announces Candidacy for HD 118 (Portland; West End, Libbytown and St. John Valley)
On January 24, 2012 At 7:15 pm
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Matt Moonen, a resident of Portland’s West End, announced this week he is running as a Democratic candidate for the Maine House of Representatives in District 118, which includes the West End, Libbytown and St. John Valley neighborhoods.
The seat is currently held by state Rep. Jon Hinck, who has represented the district since 2006. Hinck is not seeking re-election to the Legislature to focus on a run for U.S. Senate.
Moonen expressed disappointment with Augusta, saying “Rather than working together to get things done, the current administration has been playing politics with divisive attacks on health care, workers’ rights, and education. District 118 is the progressive leader for the state, and we need someone who has a record of success in standing up for our shared values.”
Moonen is a longtime leader in progressive politics in Maine. He was Political Director for EqualityMaine, where he was one of the key strategists in the successful passage of the 2009 marriage equality bill and the historic No on 1: Protect Maine Equality campaign. More recently, he worked with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections to preserve Maine’s strong campaign finance laws and reduce the influence of big money in government. He also volunteered on the successful campaign to preserve same-day voter registration rights, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Portland Democratic City Committee.
Moonen said he is running because of his belief that providing opportunity for families and businesses to thrive is what is needed to move the state forward.
“I am looking forward to a positive campaign. Working together with the people of Maine, we can find innovative and effective solutions to the problems we face, and ensure that Maine continues to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” Moonen added.