2018-04-13 / Community

Representative to run for Congress

Abigail Worthing
Staff Writer

BIDDEFORD – Local Independent legislator Marty Grohman has announced his candidacy as U.S. Representative for Maine’s 1st Congressional District. Grohman is a businessman in Biddeford and is serving his second term as state representative for House District 12 in Biddeford.

Grohman launched his campaign Tuesday, April 10, and will run against incumbent, Chellie Pingree, a Democrat.

“I have immense respect for Pingree. We both love the state of Maine. I became an Independent because I want to find a bipartisan solution. Washington is going from crisis to crisis, and Mainers want to send someone who will fight the fight, and keep pushing to work together across the aisles,” Grohman said. “To me, being an Independent means you vote for the best idea, not the party.”

In September Grohman left the Democratic Party to become an Independent, but said the change had nothing to do with the run for Congress.

Grohman is an honorary member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, two-time American Legion Legislature of the Year, and the winner of the 2016 President’s Award from the Maine Sheriff’s Association.

If elected, Grohman plans to work on providing dental care to veterans and removing what he refers to as “arcane” regulations that prevent a high school student with a certificate in welding or the like from being employed without a diploma.

Grohman will endorse Ward 5 Biddeford Councilor Victoria Foley in her bid to fill his District 12 seat.

“It has been a great honor and pleasure to serve the city of Biddeford, and I will continue to work until the very last minute,” Grohman said. “I am still, as always, available for the people of Biddeford.”

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