Contact: Ben Chipman | Phone: (207) 318-4961 | E-mail: email@example.com
On heels of impeachment effort, supporters cite three terms of effective leadership
Portland – Today Rep. Ben Chipman formally announced his bid for the district 27 State Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Justin Alfond. Chipman is perhaps best known for sparking and leading the recent effort to impeach Governor LePage.
However, long before that, Chipman had cemented a reputation among his colleagues and constituents as a dynamic, hard-working three-term Representative in the State House, and as an effective advocate for Portland with a track record of major accomplishments.
“Ben consistently brings funding home for the City of Portland,” said Belinda Ray, Portland City Councilor (District 1). “He reversed state budget cuts to general assistance and helped secure funding for community policing in my neighborhood. Putting Ben in the State Senate would be a huge benefit to Portland.”
Chipman was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2010, and was easily re-elected in 2012 and 2014. During his time at the State House, he has piled up an impressive list of victories and accomplishments. They include:
- He stood up to Governor LePage and prevented a major budget cut to general assistance funding for Portland.
- He worked to stop major cuts to faculty and departments at the University of Southern Maine in 2012.
- He co-sponsored and worked to pass a bill this year providing $3.7 million to improve and expand drug treatment and rehabilitation programs in Portland and around the state.
- He secured funding for community policing in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood.
“Ben Chipman is one of the most effective legislators in Augusta,” said State Rep. Denise Harlow (D-Portland). “Nobody I know works harder. He will accomplish even more as a State Senator.”
A self-starter and lifelong Maine resident, Chipman was raised in poverty in a single parent household, began working at a young age, and put himself through college. He currently represents Portland’s lowest income neighborhoods of Parkside, Bayside and East Bayside. Chipman is a community organizer with 20 years of experience advocating on issues such as education, environment, health care, housing, and transportation.
“I love serving people and I take my job very seriously,” Chipman said. “Now I have an opportunity to take my advocacy to the next level and lead the Portland delegation. In the Senate, I will work hard to advance the issues important to the residents of Portland.
“I will continue our fight to build an economy that works for everyone, strengthen our university system while keeping tuition affordable, increase state funding for public education, institute fair tax policy, protect our environment, ensure equality for everyone, create more affordable housing, and improve our public transportation system.”
For more information, contact Rep. Ben Chipman at (207) 318-4961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.