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  Rep. Dawn Hill to run for Maine governor
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Last EditedCraverguy  Jun 23, 2009 02:46pm
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AuthorDeborah McDermott
MediaNewspaper - Portsmouth Herald
News DateTuesday, June 23, 2009 11:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionSaying, "I'm an independent thinker, and I see what needs to be done," state Rep. Dawn Hill has announced she is running for the office of Maine governor in 2010.

Hill, a Democrat, is seeking the seat now held by Gov. John Baldacci, who cannot run again due to term limits. She is in her second term as state representative of District 149, which includes parts of Kittery, York and Wells and all of Ogunquit.

"I've been thinking about this for about a year," she said. "After I came back from campaigning for my second term, I did a lot of soul searching and deep thinking. This is an important step. It's like stepping way out at the edge of a diving board, especially when it starts to bounce."

She said she has been working with a core group of people since January, "establishing benchmarks toward viability, analyzing prior elections, the numbers from my elections in the past and what Maine is likely to want for the next governor."

The biggest hurdle to pass was funding ability, "and what we were hearing is that it is a go. We can do it."

Hill owns a dog day care center in York, It's a Dog's World, and sits on the board of MMG Insurance in Presque Isle, both experiences which she said have shaped her decision to run. She is also trained as a lawyer.

"I'm concerned about the direction that Maine is taking, and there's not enough time in two years to make the kind change that is needed," she said of a term for Senate or House. "Whoever is in that role has four to eight years to bring in the best talent and come up with the best solutions."
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