Off the Farm and Politics

I, Robin, have been very fortunate this last year to be involved in a training through Emerge Maine. When I started back to school at Indiana University, I wanted to continue work in politics. I got my BA in Political Science, got involved in sustainability issues along with my work in gay rights, and came to Maine to get my master’s in community planning and development. Maybe it is the nurse in me, but I want to help communities become more sustainable and great places to live, raise a family, yada, yada.

At the Maine Democratic Convention, I met Katie Mae Simpson from Emerge Maine. She asked if I ever thought about running for office, I said, well…yes. Going through my head the whole time was Patty’s voice, “Don’t volunteer for anything more!” So, I signed up for more info and went on my merry way. Yeah, Patty is used to me not listening to that one piece of advice. I applied and was accepted during the first year it was actually competitive.

Nine months (plus due to snow storms) later, trained in the ways of politics, I can now say that I am an Emerge graduate. From fundraising to door knocking, volunteer finding to social media, VAN to messaging, we learned it all. We are a group of ladies, educated, informed, and driven to help make our communities better by serving in public office.

Keynote Speaker Senator Emily Cain
Keynote Speaker Senator Emily Cain

Graduation was at the Portland Public Library and was attended by friends, family, and state dignitaries.

Our great friends Marty and Mary Anne.
Our great friends Marty and Mary Anne.

It was also Marty’s birthday, so we all went out to eat afterward. Thanks for dinner ladies!!!!

Kaylin and bestest friend Lily.
Kaylin and bestest friend Lily.

Our daughter is growing up. I asked if she would ever consider office and her answer was a definite NOT!

Robin and Emerge Board Member Marianne Stevens
Robin and Emerge Board Member Marianne Stevens

What is so neat about this program is the support you get after graduation. All the board members mentors, alumnae,  and supporters are there to help you through. They want us to win. They want more women in office.

Yes, that's our Kaylin. Wow is she getting taller!
Yes, that’s our Kaylin. Wow is she getting taller!

You believe how tall she is??

The Emerge Class of 2013
The Emerge Class of 2013

And we graduated. We are off and running, literally. At least 3 of the graduates are running for office now, one is serving in office. Me? We need to get moved over to Oxford County, then it will be my turn. Shall it be county commissioner or state house representative??

Oh, I'm getting grayer...
Oh, I’m getting grayer…
Robin Beck and Sen. Emily Cain
Robin Beck and Sen. Emily Cain

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