North Yarmouth's Graham makes 3rd run in House District 109

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Selectman Anne Graham, who was narrowly defeated in the last two House District 109 elections, announced she is again a candidate in the district that includes parts of North Yarmouth, Pownal and Gray.

Graham, a Democrat, said in a press release that she is running because “it is time that our communities have strong, effective representation that goes beyond partisanship.” She pledged to represent residents “in their fight for jobs and a strong economy, tax reform, affordable health care, and a clean environment.”

Graham lost to state Rep. Susan M. Austin, R-Gray, by 219 votes in 2006 and 197 votes in 2008. Austin is barred from seeking re-election this year because of term limits.

Graham, a pediatric nurse practitioner, started the North Yarmouth Economic Development and Sustainability Committee. She also represented North Yarmouth on the school consolidation committee and served as president of Foundation 51, the educational foundation for Cumberland and North Yarmouth schools.

She is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Health Systems Development and the board of directors of the Autism Society of Maine.

Republican Gary Foster of Gray has also announced his candidacy in District 109.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or [email protected]

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.