Independent Martin Grohman
Independent Martin Grohman
Independent state Rep. Martin Grohman of Biddeford just announced he is running for Maine’s 1st Congressional District against Democrat incumbent Chellie Pingree of North Haven and Republican Mark Holbrook of Brunswick. The Biddeford businessman, who is in his second term serving in the Legislature, describes himself as a “pro business advocate” and touts his achievements as being named the Retail Association of Maine’s Legislator of the Year and being ranked “the most bipartisan member of the Maine Legislature.” Last September Grohman left the Democratic Party to become an independent.

“Voters are frustrated. They can see that nothing is getting done. Instead of seeing solutions, they see gridlock, disrespect, partisan attacks and grandstanding,” said Grohman in a statement. “Government is doing the absolute bare minimum and not taking on the big problems. We need representatives who can cross the partisan divide,” continued Grohman. “My bipartisan approach to issues resulted in real solutions in the Maine Legislature. I can bring that same approach to the U.S. House of Representatives.”

According to a press release, Grohman grew up on a farm in Carthage and attended Gould Academy and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. He says he worked in the plastic industry for several years before founding a company in 1999 in Biddeford that manufactured composite decking material. The company, CorrectDeck, once grossed $30 million in sales, but the business went bankrupt when the recession hit in 2009. After Grohman sold the company, he went on to become director of sustainability at GAF, a New Jersey-based roofing manufacturer.