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Beth Edmonds

Beth Edmonds
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 10th district
In office
2001–2009
Succeeded by Stan Gerzofsky
Personal details
Born (1950-10-27) October 27, 1950
Keene Valley, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Daniel Nickerson
Profession librarian
Religion Protestant

Betheda G. "Beth" Edmonds (born October 27, 1950 in Keene Valley, New York) is a librarian and former Democratic member of the Maine Senate, representing the 10th District from 2001 to 2009. She became the president of the Maine Senate after winning re-election in 2004. Her former district includes the towns of Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell and Pownal.

Contents

  • Pre-political career 1
  • Political career 2
  • Achievements as state senator 3
  • Election 2006 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Pre-political career

Edmonds is from Keene Valley in the Equal Rights Amendment. She has worked at the Freeport Community Library since 1982, and became director of the library in 2005.[1]

Political career

She was a member of the state senate from winning her seat in 2000 until she was term-limited out following the 2009 election. In 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, Edmonds won elections to the state senate. In December 2003, Edmonds became president of the Maine State Senate, making her first in the line of succession for the governorship. She is only the second female senate president in Maine history and the first to serve a second term as president.

Achievements as state senator

While a member of the state senate, Edmonds was instrumental in raising the state minimum wage, as well as resolving a longstanding conflict on the Workers' Compensation Board. She has supported eco-friendly measures such as the electronic waste recycling initiative. She also helped to establish the Baxter School for the Deaf Compensation Fund. She was equally instrumental in support for people using medical marijuana, legally.

Election 2006

Many different groups endorsed Edmonds for re-election in 2006, including conservation-minded organizations like the Sierra Club and the Maine League of Conservation Voters. Gay rights groups, like EqualityMaine, have similarly endorsed Edmonds. Likewise, labor and education groups like the Maine AFL-CIO COPE (Committee on Political Education), the Maine State Employees Association, and the National Association of Social Workers supported Edmonds' re-election. She was re-elected with 67% of the vote.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Our Staff". Freeport Public Library. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  2. ^ "General Election Tabulations, November 7, 2006, State Senator by District". State of Maine Department of the Secretary of State. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 

External links

  • Beth Edmonds official website
  • Maine Senate President official government website
  • Maine Senate Democrats - Senate President Beth Edmonds profile
  • Project Vote Smart - Senator Beth Edmonds (ME) profile
  • Follow the Money - Beth Edmonds
    • 2006 2004 2002 2000 1998 campaign contributions
  • Clark University testimonial
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