Justin Chenette

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Justin Chenette
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Maine House of Representatives District 134
Incumbent
In office
December 5, 2012-present
Term ends
December 3, 2014
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
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)
Education
High schoolThornton Academy (2009)
Associate'sLydon State College (2011)
Justin Chenette is a Democratic member of the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 134 since 2012. [1][2]

Biography

Chenette holds an associates degree in TV news from Lyndon State College and is working on his bachelor's degree.[3]

Chenette was the first student appointed by the governor to the State Board of Education, serving from April 2008 to June 2009. He was a member of the City of Saco Committee from May 2010 to August 2011.

Chenette is a Campaign Strategist with Rep. Valentino for Senate and does freelance PR work for Rocky Coast Marketing. He took a leave of absence from his job as Assistant Morning Producer for Fox 23's Good Day Maine in order to run for office.[4]

Affiliations

Chenette is affiliated with the following organizations:[4]

  • Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce
  • Saco Spirit Board of Directors
  • Saco Bikes for Kids Organizer
  • Saco 250th Committee
  • Maine Successful Thinkers
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Vice President of Social Media at Rocky Coast Marketing
  • Communications Director for Friends of Stackpole Bridge
  • Saco Harvest/Pumpkin Festival Committee

Issues

Campaign themes

Chenette's biggest campaign issue is economic growth.[5]

In information submitted to Ballotpedia, Chenette outlined his political philosophy and reason for seeking office:[6]

"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."

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Maine Committee Assignments, 2013
State and Local Government

Elections

2012

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 on June 12, 2012 and defeated Roland Wyman (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

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

Endorsements

  • 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."[6]
  • Maine Education Association
  • Maine AFL-CIO
  • Maine State Employees Association
  • Maine People's Alliance
  • EqualityMaine
  • The Valley Voice[9]

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

Personal

Chenette was Assistant Morning Producer of WPFO FOX 23's Good Day Maine from August 2011 - April 2012, a Political Columnist with the Journal Tribune, Portland Daily Sun, and Valley Voice from July - Deccember 2011, TV Host of 'Youth in Politics' on WPXT/WPME from April 2008 - December 2011, Station Manager/Executive Producer/Host of TATV Channel 3 from May 2006 - June 2009, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador & Public Relations Director from 2007 - 2011, and Political Communications Director for State Rep. Linda Valentino from April 2010 - May 2011.[6]

He belongs the following organizations: Biddeford/Saco Chamber of Commerce, Saco Spirit volunteer, Society of Professional Journalists National Diversity Committee, and DemCorps Board of Directors.[6]

Chenette is single.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Valentino (D)
Maine House of Representatives District 134
2012-present
Succeeded by
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