Democrat Elinore "Ellie" Goldberg announced her candidacy Sept. 1 for the 95th State House District representing Hope, Appleton, Warren, and part of Union. She is running against Republican Paula Sutton of Warren.

Frustrated by the proposed cuts to support for families and children, Goldberg decided to run for the Maine House of Representatives instead of enjoying a quiet retirement. “I decided to run for the 95th District because I believe that I can make a difference,” she said. “I’ve been an advocate for Maine’s children all my adult life, why not advocate for my community now?” she said.

“In addition to preserving our way of life and fighting to make sure our children’s health, education and safety are our state’s highest priority, I care deeply about allowing small businesses to thrive, creating jobs with affordable wages, coming to grips with our substance abuse problems, and protecting the natural resources, and their multiple uses, in our watershed,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg has lived in Hope for 45 years. Recently retired, she is known to many as the founding director of the Maine Children’s Alliance, a job she held for 17 years. Her mission at MCA required her to work with people of all parties and at all levels of state government. Goldberg has received significant statewide recognition for her work and, in 2009, was recognized nationally with the Voices for America’s Children Florette Angell Award for her work on behalf of children and families.

Originally educated as a social worker at the University of Connecticut, she has had many jobs since coming to Maine – house-painting contractor, substance abuse counselor, video producer and director, child protective services worker, and finally MCA executive director.

Goldberg has served on several advisory councils, including the Maine Child Care Advisory Council, the MaineCare Advisory Council and the Leadership Council for Voices for America’s Children. She is currently a board member of the Belfast Area Child Care Center and of the regional Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.

“Going door to door and listening to her neighbors,” said Campaign Manager Barbara Bentley, “Ellie hears people’s frustration with 'politics as usual' and their feeling that not enough is getting done. She can be a part of the change in Augusta by bringing independence and commonsense solutions to bear.”

Goldberg is running as a Clean Elections Candidate. This means that she is not funded by private donors, corporations, or PACS, and is only beholden to the people of Hope, Appleton, Warren and Union.

Learn more about Goldberg and her campaign by visiting elliegoldberg.org or by contacting her at ellie@elliegoldberg.org or 706-3883.