Chloe Maxmin
Chloe Maxmin
Democrat Chloe Maxmin of Nobleboro has announced her candidacy for House District 88, which includes the towns of Chelsea, Whitefield, Jefferson, and part of Nobleboro. Rep. Deb Sanderson (R-Chelsea) is term limited, but Republican Michael H. Leme-lin of Chelsea has filed to run to succeed her. Maxmin, 25, says she grew up on her family’s farm in Nobleboro and has been a “climate justice organizer” since she was 12. She founded the Climate Action Club while attending Lincoln Academy, and later while attending Harvard she founded Divest Harvard — a campaign calling on Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels.

“I love our home. I love our community.” said Maxmin in a statement. “I am also running because we need young people in office. For my whole life, I have seen our political system fail me and all my friends — young and old. We need politicians with fresh perspectives who will fight for young people, for our aging family members, for farmers, fishermen, teachers, students, and all those who love Maine and believe in a better future.”

Maxmin said she will also focus on supporting the aging residents of Lincoln County while “laying a foundation for young people to build their futures here.” A graduate of the Emerge Maine program, which trains women to run for office, Maxmin said that her leadership team consists of all women under 26 years of age.