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Ethan Strimling was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 1st Congressional District (map) of Maine. He was seeking the Democratic nomination to replace incumbent Rep. Tom Allen (D-Maine), who is running for Senate. He lost primary elections which took place on June 10, 2008. 
Positions, record and controversies
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
In the State Senate, Strimling is the Chair of the Labor Committee and also a member of the Taxation Committee. He has also served as Chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, and in 2006, was Co-Chair of Maine's Homeland Security Task Force.
Strimling will be assigned committees in the U.S. House if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
Ethan Strimling was born and raised in New York City, and attended the Juilliard School for Theater from 1985 to 1987. Later, he attended the University of Maine, Orono and received his B.A. in History. He then pursued a Masters in Education degree from Harvard University, and received it in 1994.
After school, he went to Washington, D.C. to work as a legislative aide for then-First District Congressman Tom Andrews. He then came back to Maine to serve as State Treasurer Dale McCormick's Campaign Manager for her 1996 Congressional race.
Since 1997, Strimling has served as the Executive Director of Portland West, a non-profit social-service agency that works with at-risk kids and low-income families in Portland's West End.
In 2002, Strimling ran his first campaign for the Maine State Senate to succeed Anne M. Rand. He was elected in his first race with 74% of the vote, and again in 2004 with 76%. He was elected for a third term in 2006, and it runs until 2009.
Strimling has also served on the boards of several political and non-profit committees, including Maine Won't Discriminate, Casinos NO!, and the Maine NAACP.
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Maine and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 “Election Results: Congressional Races/Referendum Question”,“WCSH6 Portland”, June 10, 2008
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on Maine's 1st Congressional District
- ↑ Official Ethan Strimling campaign website
- ↑ Jessica Benton Cooney, "Official Challenge to Maine Sen. Collins Sets Up Key 2008 Match," CQ Politics, May 8, 2007
- 2008 Race Tracker page on Maine's 1st Congressional District
- Official Ethan Strimling campaign website
- Strimling's Maine State Senator website
- Jessica Benton Cooney, "Official Challenge to Maine Sen. Collins Sets Up Key 2008 Match," CQ Politics, May 8, 2007