SACO - State Senator Justin Chenette has announced his intention to run for re-election for the Senate seat representing the communities of Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington, and part of Buxton.
Chenette has served two years in the State Senate and previously served 4 years in the Maine House of Representatives. He is the ranking member of the Taxation Committee and sits on the Senate Committee on Conduct & Ethics.
At 26, Chenette is the youngest member of the Senate. In 2012, Chenette made history by becoming the nation’s youngest openly gay legislator and Maine's youngest lawmaker at age 21.
"My fight to create a more ethical, transparent, and accountable government isn't over. I will continue speaking truth to power. The system needs cleaning up and I'm stepping up to the plate,” Chenette said. “Now more than ever, we need to elect individuals who embody the highest ideals of public service and who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves to get the job done.”
In his time in the Senate, Chenette has focused on advocating for an expansion of property tax relief programs, respecting the will of the voter-approved referendums, addressing the opioid crisis through treatment, and fighting to have the strictest ethics and campaign finance rules in the country.
Outside the legislature, Chenette is heavily involved throughout the community as President of Saco’s downtown development organization Saco Main Street, Vice President of Friends of the OOB Ballpark, and member of the Saco Bay Rotary Club, Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society.
Chenette is running as a Clean Elections candidate and if elected would be his second term in the Senate.
“I’m not beholden to special interest groups, multinational corporations, and slick lobbyists because I don’t take a dime from them,” said Chenette. “My campaign and subsequently my legislative service is people powered and runs on common sense ideas not large checkbooks seeking to grease the wheels of government to benefit themselves.”