How can I ever thank the fine many people in this fall campaign
who welcomed me to their doorsteps, their homes, their hopes ? A
handshake to each would be best, but this letter to all will have to
Maine will face many stiff challenges these next two years.
Given this governor this economy, and the coming
sure-to-be-contentious presidential election, much of what Mainers
hold precious will be under challenge until 2016.
But Maine has climbed this hill before. If we hold to our core
principles — decency, fair play, equal opportunity for all, a love of
our Maine’s naturals bounties — we will make it to the top. It is
the stuff we are made of.
It is an honor to be part of that journey. Onward ! We are all
in this together.
Best Wishes To All
How can I ever thank the fine many people in this fall campaign
- Published Date Thursday, 23 October 2014
- Written by Richard Anderson
I am writing to endorse Herb Adams for re-election to the Maine House of Representatives from District 40.
I urge those voters in his Portland district who love Maine’s outdoors, to vote for him on Election Day.
When I served as Maine Commissioner of the Department of Conservation, I advocated for protecting the natural assets of our great state. Quality of place means quality of life! While enjoying the gifts we received from those that came before us, we must be committed to enhancing and protecting those assets for future generations.
Herb Adams knows this and has always fought to defend Maine’s natural bounty while in the Legislature. I saw him fight to preserve our Maine coast heritage and the future of our fisheries. He sponsored two popular “Land For Maine’s Future” bond issues. Both of those bond issues were passed overwhelmingly by voters.
“The Land for Maine’s Future” program has been a primary source of funding for most of the major land protection projects over the last 25 years and continues to be very popular, and Herb has always been a big supporter.
I watched Herb speak up for adding spectacular Katahdin Lake to Baxter State Park — and it got added!
Herb has also been involved in enhancing Baxter Woods here in Portland.
We need the strong voice of Herb Adams as our Representative in Augusta, to continue the successes of the past, in preserving our natural heritage.
I am proud to endorse Herb Adams for the Maine Legislature, and urge those who love Maine to vote for him on Nov. 4!
Richard Anderson, Retired
Former Executive Director, Maine Audubon Society
Former Commissioner, Maine Department of Conservation
Founder, International Appalachian Trail
- Published Date Monday, 27 October 2014
- Written by Mary Jo Sellick
My experience with Mr. Adams is as a student at SMCC. He is an inspired and inspiring educator, an outstanding public servant outside of any elected position. He is also a prominent and accomplished historian, who has worked tirelessly to preserve and communicate our rich history to all Maine residents. This is important to me as a voter. Are all candidates truly motivated by public service? What did they do prior to running for office? Do they have an established track record of service in other areas, or is this desire to serve a recent development? While not foolproof, this background helps me decide who will accurately represent their constituents, vs. those who may have other motivations.
History and government courses have the potential to be very dry requirements for graduation, but Herb Adams breathed life into the people who laid our foundations for his students. As a voter, this is an important trait, one of great benefit to each of us who elect our officials. The humanity behind each issue and decision must be considered. He was always available for any student who needed his support and guidance in order to succeed.
After leaving SMCC, I called on Mr. Adams to write a letter of recommendation for a job in my field. After I was hired I was told by the woman who checked my references that his reference was “so awesome” that she knew she “had to hire me.” He did not do so to court my vote. I am not in his district. However, if an issue inspired me to communicate my opinion, I feel I could always call him.
Our legislature has many lawyers and businessmen holding office. That makes sense, but it also makes a great deal of sense to elect an educator, particularly an educator who knows our history so well. Despite my inability to vote for him, Herb Adams has my full support in his bid for office.
Mary Jo Sellick
Herb Adams cares about people, deserves your vote
Editor,I am writing to tell you why I support my friend Herb Adams for the House this fall and why I hope readers will do the same. It is my story but one that could happen to us all.
Last summer, I suddenly found myself without my expected summer job, and just didn’t know where to turn. So I called on my neighbor and friend Herb Adams, who I knew cared about people in moments of stress, and wrote him a letter. It was the right call. Herb came to my door that night. He got all the details right away. We met several times in the next few days, and he searched out opportunities for me. He wrote me several recommendation letters,each one for a different outfit.
Those recommendation letters were gold. Herb’s name carried weight, and in no time I got two part-time jobs to tide me through that summer because of him. What sort of a friend would do that? A good one, who was a good legislator before and will be a good one again.
Herb really cares about people one-on-one and proves it with action, and I know I am notthe only one he does things like this for.
But I am a grateful one, and Maine is lucky to have people like him serving us in Augusta. That’s why I’m voting for Herb Adams for state rep. this fall and why I hope you will, too!
Adams urges power consumers to know their rights
Maine’s winter heating season has officially started, along with rights and protections for consumers who may have trouble keeping up with the bills, a former legislator seeking re-election in Portland announced.
“Consumers better know their rights ” said former state Rep. Herb Adams, the longest serving member of the Legislature’s Utilities and Energy Committee.
Central Maine Power set a record number of electric shutoffs for consumers who could not keep up with bills in 2011-12, noted Adams.
“But winter rules are different, and provide consumers with protections longer, and help sooner. The Maine Public Utilities Commission in its annual report said CMP disconnected service to a record 29,554 homes in 2011, a sharp 60 percent increase over 2010. Figures for 2013 show a spike but are still incomplete.
“CMP privatized their bill collection efforts, and beefed-up collection methods meant more shutoffs, even during summer heat waves, endangering elderly and infants,” said Adams. “Winter weather gives consumers a chance to regroup under new rule and new protections. Under Maine law, gas and electric service cannot be shut off during the peak winter heating season from Oct. 15 to April 15. Additionally, PUC rules bar utilities from shutting off any customer between Nov. 15 and April 15 without explicit permission from the PUC Consumer Protection Division.”
Rules require a full information packet explaining options be mailed or delivered to homes which have lost heat or light service since last April 15 before a winter disconnection may take place, said Adams.
Letters, phone calls and in-person attempts at contact are required before a winter disconnection can take place, said Adams.
Consumers can contact the PUC’s Consumer Assistance Division toll-free at 1-800-452-4699 to work out a payment schedule and get free help and options to meet the bills.Help includes:
• A year-round Low Income Assistance Program (LIAP) that provides utility bill discounts or credits to challenged families.
• An “Energy Crisis Intervention Program” for eligible families get get disconnection notices but still cannot negotiate or meet a payment plan. Emergency assistance from Maine Department of Human Services when a disconnection is imminent.
• Eligible customers on oxygen pumps and ventilators 8 hours a day may qualify for a utility credit to cover the cost of electricity for life-saving equipment.
“Customers should contact their utility first — in Portland, usually CMP or Unitil gas — and if not satisfied, call the PUC Consumer Assistance Division toll-free,” said Adams.
As a state legislator, Adams noted that he sponsored many of the laws that created these consumer protections.
“A little help can go a long way toward keeping families warm and stable during the darkest months,” said Adams. “These winter rules are good for all of Maine and all Mainers.”Adams served Portland as a legislator until term limited in 2010.
Adams is a candidate for re-election to his former seat on Tuesday, Nov. 4. He is running in new Portland House District 40, Oakdale, Parkside and Bayside, created in the last state-wide redistricting.
For years we have been voter district 119. A new map has been drawn and new numbers assigned. The bulk of district 119 is now district 40.
Here is a map of district 40 (Click on image to enlarge)
Still not sure? You can find your district information by entering in your address at the Maine State Voter Lookup Page.
District 40 voters will vote either at The Expo (If you live west of State St. and Forest Ave. ) or at Merrill Auditorium Rehersal Hall (If you live east of State St. and Forest Ave. )
Link to state website district 40 pdf map House District 40
Herb Adams deserves your vote; Malaga Island effort recalled
Published Date Wednesday, 01 October 2014 20:37 Written by Marilyn Darling Voter
It has come to my attention that former Maine House Representative Herbert Adams has decided to re-enter politics and run for House Representative, District 40. I am very excited that he has determined to serve his fellow citizens again.
Mr. Adams first came to my attention when I heard that he had sponsored a bill in which the State of Maine apologized for the eviction of the residents of Malaga Island in 1912. Malaga was inhabited by families of mixed race and the families were innocent victims of the Eugenics (racial purity) movement. I was angry then because it had been done so fast in the last days of the legislative session that no descendants were present to hear what we had been waiting so long for. I did say at the time, that at least somebody did something.
I later met Herb on Malaga Island with the fellow sponsors of this bill and heard him read the entire proclamation with such resonance I was moved to tears. He had got it right! He knew thoroughly what the families had suffered back then and since. After Herb finished, Governor Baldacci apologized to those family members present and to members of the NAACP. Because of Herb’s enthusiasm in getting a major wrong righted, Malaga Island and its history has come out of the shadows. In part, because of his work, Malaga Island history was presented through a yearlong exhibit at the Maine State Museum, and most recently the Maine Legislature approved a $250,000 scholarship grant to direct descendants.
Herb Adams took up this cause and saw it through because one of his constituents asked him to. I do not live in District 40 so I can’t vote for him but you can. Please send him back to work for you in Augusta. We need good men and women there. He will serve you well.
Marilyn Darling Voter
For more info on Malaga Island and audio of Herb’s dedication speech, see this post: Malaga Island: A bittersweet centennial
Sabine Emery Memorial Tribute
On Saturday, June 7, 2014 dignitaries gathered at Portland’s Eastern Cemetery to honor Colonel Sabine Edwards, a Civil War veteran from Maine. Researcher Ben Smith, Sabine’s great, great granddaughter Nancy Tidrick, The 3rd Maine Infantry, historian Herb Adams, along with the 2nd Maine Calvary and officials of the Abyssinian Meeting house and Ben were on hand to pay tribute to this courageous man who never fully got the recognition and the proper burial he deserved.
Oh, Freedom! The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Then and Now
February 27, 2014 – The SMCC Learning Commons hosted a panel discussion commemorating the “Freedom Summer” and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The discussion was moderated by former Maine State Representative and current SMCC History Professor, Herb Adams. Featured panelists included: Attorney Harold Pachios – Former Assistant Press Secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson, Hon. Gerald Talbot – First President of the Portland Branch of the NAACP and Voting Rights Activist, and Attorney Zach Heiden – Chief Legal Counsel, Maine Civil Liberties Union.
I hope this summary will help when you vote on our crowded state referendum ballot this fall. Question One was placed on the ballot by a Citizens’ Petition. Question Two through Seven are Bond Issues for the state to borrow money. Detailed info on all can be found at the Secretary of State’s website on the Upcoming Election 2014
Good luck voting this fall!
-Hon. Herb Adams (772-2565)