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Shenna Bellows
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Maine
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College
Date of birthMarch 23, 1975
Place of birthGreenfield, Massachusetts
Campaign website
Shenna Bellows was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Maine.[1] She was defeated by incumbent Susan Collins in the general election on November 4, 2014. Bellows ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 10, 2014.


Bellows was born on March 23, 1975, in Greenfield, Massachusetts. In 1976 her family moved to Hancock, Maine. She graduated from Ellsworth High School located in Ellsworth, Maine, in 1993.

Bellows graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College in 1997. She holds a degree in international politics and economics.[2]


In 2001 and 2002, Bellows was a Program Associate at Community IMPACT! in Nashville, TN, launching neighborhood-based, youth-centered programming in economically and racially diverse neighborhoods. From 1999 to 2001 she served in the Peace Corps in Panama, where she facilitated the development and execution of a micro-credit lending program for artisan groups and also served as the Co-President of Women in Development/Gender and Development. From 1997 to 1999 Bellows worked as a researcher and recruiter for Economists Incorporated, a privately held economic consulting firm specializing in microeconomic analysis in antitrust, regulatory and legal contexts in Washington, DC.[3]

Bellows served as Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maine from March 2005 until stepping down in September 2013 to run for U.S. Senate. She was a leader of Mainers United for Marriage[4], working for seven years to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine, and she co-chaired the 2011 Protect Maine Votes campaign to restore same-day voter registration.[5].  Most recently, Bellows led the opposition to warrantless drone surveillance in Maine, and organized a privacy campaign to require warrants for access to private cellphone communications[6]. 
Prior to her work at the ACLU of Maine, Bellows was the national field organizer at the ACLU in Washington, DC, organizing nationwide civil liberties campaigns including one in opposition to the Patriot Act.



Balanced Budget Amendment

Of the three candidates running in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and two candidates on the ballot for the U.S. Senate, Bellows was the only candidate who did not support passing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[7]



See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014

Bellows ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Maine.[1] Bellows ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 10, 2014. Bellows was defeated by Susan Collins (R).

U.S. Senate, Maine General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Collins Incumbent 67% 413,505
     Democratic Shenna Bellows 30.8% 190,254
     Other Other 0% 269
     Blank None 2.1% 12,968
Total Votes 616,996
Source: Maine Secretary of State Official Results


General election match up
Poll Susan Collins (R) Shenna Bellows (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
September/October 20-1, 2014
July 5-24, 2014
UNH/Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
June 12-18, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
April 23-25, 2014
Public Policy Polling
November 8-11, 2013
AVERAGES 62.6% 24.6% 10.6% +/-3.3 1,035.8
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bellow's reports.[8]


Bellows and her husband, Brandon Baldwin, reside in Manchester, Maine.

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