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*[http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/hsebios/chenjm.htm Maine House of Representatives - Rep. Justin Chenette
*[http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/hsebios/chenjm.htm Maine House of Representatives - Rep. Justin Chenette]
*[http://www.justinforsaco.com/ Official campaign website]
*[http://www.justinforsaco.com/ Official campaign website]
*[http://openstates.org/me/legislators/MEL000270/justin-mark-chenette/ Profile from Open States]
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=137374 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=137374 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=137374 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=137374 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]

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Justin Chenette
Justin Chenette.jpg
Maine House of Representatives, District 134
In office
December 5, 2012-present
Term ends
December 3, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$13,852/year (first regular session)
$9,661/year/year (second regular session)
Per diem$38/day, plus $32/day for meals
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
High schoolThornton Academy (2009)
Associate'sLydon State College (2011)
Office website
Justin Chenette is a Democratic member of the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 134. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Chenette served on the State Board of Education from April 2008 to June 2009 and on the City of Saco Committee from May 2010 to August 2011.


Chenette's professional experience includes working as a Campaign Strategist with Rep. Valentino for Senate, Assistant Morning Producer for Fox 23's Good Day Maine and doing freelance public relations work for Rocky Coast Marketing.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Chenette served on the following committees:

Maine Committee Assignments, 2013
State and Local Government


Campaign themes


Chenette's biggest campaign issue was economic growth.[2]

In information submitted to Ballotpedia, Chenette outlined his political philosophy and reason for seeking office:[3]

"If we RETHINK the priorities with what the people actually want and REFORM the policies to reflect those new priorities, we can then RENEW the commitment of a Representative Democracy; advocating for the interests of people on Main Street. I'm running for office because I see the American dream starting to erode away. That idea that we can live here in the state of Maine, have a good paying job, raise a family, have access to quality healthcare, send your kids to college, own a home, and be able to retire with dignity and financial stability. Failure to provide common sense leadership in Augusta is making this an almost impossible task for so many people especially the droves of young people leaving our state. We can change the direction of this state for the better by harnessing the full potential and hard working spirit of Maine people."



See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2012

Chenette won election in the 2012 election for Maine House of Representatives District 134. Chenette defeated Sonya Lundh-Gay in the June 12 Democratic primary and defeated Roland Wyman (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Maine House of Representatives, District 134, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Chenette 60.4% 3,106
     Republican Roland Wyman 39.6% 2,039
Total Votes 5,145

Maine House of Representatives, District 134 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Chenette 77.9% 543
Sonya Lundh-Gay 22.1% 154
Total Votes 697

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Chenette is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Chenette raised a total of $11,568 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[6]

Justin Chenette's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Maine State House, District 134 Won $11,568
Grand Total Raised $11,568


Chenette won election to the Maine House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Chenette raised a total of $11,568.



In 2012, Chenette's endorsements included the following:

  • State Rep. Linda Valentino: "From the first time I saw Justin on TATV, I knew that he was someone who was going to achieve in his pursuits. I’m proud to have had a hand in mentoring him over the years such as endorsing his Gubernatorial appointment as the first student member of the Maine State Education Board. Justin is passionate about government change and transparency and will be a strong independent voice for Saco."[3]
  • Maine Education Association
  • Maine AFL-CIO
  • Maine State Employees Association
  • Maine People's Alliance
  • EqualityMaine
  • The Valley Voice[7]


Chenette is a member of the following organizations: Biddeford/Saco Chamber of Commerce, Saco Spirit volunteer, Society of Professional Journalists National Diversity Committee and DemCorps Board of Directors.[3]

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Preceded by
Linda Valentino (D)
Maine House of Representatives District 134
Succeeded by