Thursday, April 17, 2014
The man who led the bid last November to overturn Maine's school district consolidation law is hoping to channel the repeal campaign's energy into a legislative seat in Augusta.
Skip Greenlaw, the Stonington seafood wholesaler and former Maine House member who led the unsuccessful effort to pass Question 3, is looking to claim the Senate District 28 seat that Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, is giving up due to term limits. Greenlaw, a Democrat, will face off against Rep. James Schatz of Blue Hill in the June primary.
While school district consolidation will likely come up in the campaign, Greenlaw won't be able to center his primary bid around his opposition to school district consolidation. Schatz has also been a consistent opponent of the policy.
The town of Blue Hill, where Schatz is a selectman, contributed $10,000 from its municipal budget over two years to the campaign to overturn consolidation. In the Legislature, Schatz last spring sponsored a successful measure that delayed penalties for a year for school districts that were required to merge under the law but didn't.
Michael Good, of Bar Harbor, is running for the seat on the Green Party ticket. Brian Langley, of Ellsworth, is the Republican candidate.
In a news release, Greenlaw said his campaign will focus on maintaining healthy fisheries and lobster populations to preserve coastal Maine jobs, expanding educational opportunities and lowering health insurance premiums. He said he promises to be a State House advocate for local control.
"I am a firm believer that decisions made at the local level by local people are far better than decisions made by Augusta legislators and bureaucrats," Greenlaw says in the announcement. "The enactment of the school consolidation law is a perfect example of the fallacy that Augusta can enact laws with a mentality of 'one mold fits all.'"
The campaign Greenlaw led in November to repeal the consolidation mandate ultimately garnered 42 percent of the vote. Greenlaw's campaign collected $10,700 in contributions in 2009, compared to the $447,000 collected by those pushing to uphold the consolidation law.Tweet