is a Democratic
member of the Maine State Senate
, representing District 25
. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014, but did not assume office until January 8, 2015, after a recount controversy ended in the discovery of twice-counted ballots; her opponent, Cathy Manchester
(R), held the seat for six days in December 2014 before resigning.
Breen's professional experience includes serving on the board of directors of Spurwink Services, a statewide agency dealing with behavioral health and developmental disabilities in children and adults, and serving as a town councilor in Falmouth, Maine.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Breen served on the following committees:
- See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Maine State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. Catherine Breen defeated Stephen Woods in the Democratic primary. William Gardiner was unopposed in the Republican primary but withdrew afterwards; Cathy Manchester was selected as his replacement. Breen defeated Manchester in the general election. Manchester requested a recount, which reversed the outcome of the race, with Manchester at 10,927 votes and Breen at 10,916. Breen did not agree with result, leaving the issue to be decided by the Senate with the advice of a committee appointed by the Senate President. Due to the election night results, Breen was still recognized as the district's senator-elect by the Maine Secretary of State and was expected to be seated when the chamber met on December 3. However, the Senate voted 20-14, along party lines, to seat Manchester. On December 9, the committee's investigation revealed that 21 ballots for Manchester were counted twice in the recount, refuting what had been seen as 21 extra "phantom ballots" for Manchester appearing from the town of Long Island. Manchester promptly resigned following the discovery; although Breen is now recognized as senator-elect, the Senate is still tasked with voting on a winner when it convenes in January.
|Maine State Senate District 25, General Election, 2014
|| Cathy Manchester
|| Blank Votes
|Maine State Senate, District 25 Democratic Primary, 2014
| Stephen Woods
Breen was endorsed by Maine Representatives Mark Dion, Mary Nelson, Ann Peoples, Anne Graham, and Stephen Moriarty.
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- ↑ Maine Public Broadcasting, "Democrat Sworn in After Dispute over Maine Senate Seat," January 8, 2015
- ↑ Cathy Breen campaign website, "History," accessed June 9, 2014
- ↑ Maine Secretary of State, "Senate District 25 recount will go to the Senate," November 18, 2014
- ↑ Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "List of Primary Candidates," accessed May 8, 2014
- ↑ Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "List of Non-Party Candidates," accessed June 2, 2014
- ↑ Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "Primary Election - June 10, 2014," accessed December 5, 2014
- ↑ Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "General Election - November 4, 2014," accessed December 5, 2014
- ↑ Bangor Daily News, "Maine Senate votes to seat GOP candidate Manchester in still-contested race," December 3, 2014
- ↑ Bangor Daily News, "Democrat wins Senate election after investigation reveals ‘phantom ballots’ for GOP opponent did not exist," December 9, 2014
- ↑ Cathy Breen campaign website, "Endorsements," accessed June 9, 2014