Mark Wren Running for 2nd Selectman in Robbinston

Hi, my name is Mark Wren and I am running for the position of Second Selectman in Robbinston, Maine. 

My wife Arlene and I moved to Robbinston in 1980 after we purchased an old farm, the George E. Johnson property on the Steam Mill Road.  We lived in an old house trailer as we slowly brought the farm back to life by working the gardens, fields and woods.  In 1987 we moved into the new house that we built with our own hands and wood off the land.

Both of us worked for Georgia-Pacific, now called Woodland Pulp, LLC in the early 1980’s.  After a number of layoffs in the mill in 1986, I started a carpentry business called Wrenovations.  I repaired and restored existing and built new buildings within a fifty mile radius of Robbinston.  Times were good, work was plentiful and I established a good business.

In the 1990’s, my interest began to change and I began to create stained glass artwork during the winter months when the weather dictates that outdoor and carpentry projects slow down.  The carpentry and stained glass businesses complemented each other.

By 2004, stained glass became my main business and we decided to begin to downsize.  We built a second, smaller home on the Steam Mill Road.  After it was finished in 2013, we sold our first house and most of the land to new Robbinston residents.

Even though we never had any children of our own, we have always supported the Robbinston Grade School.  Through the years, we provided art and glass demonstrations at our home and studio for Robbinston and other local schools.  We enjoy encouraging the young students to be open to artwork and to explore their talent.

I am running for Second Selectman this year on a basic platform for change.  Each year passes and no one will step forward to run for any local offices.  My wife and I have spent most of our adult lives in Robbinston.  We are very invested in the town and the beauty of our area.  I believe it is my chance and my turn to step up and get involved and give back to the community. 

Many local folks have encouraged me to run for office to help out with the many issues we face as a town.  State revenue cuts and the school budget are causing the tax bills to increase and this has adversely affected the great number of residents who are on fixed incomes.  Residents have asked for greater transparency. 

All I ask is for Robbinston residents to get involved.  Come to meetings.  Voice your suggestions and opinions.  Above all, come out and vote.  Monday, March 31, 2014, is the day to cast your vote at the Robbinston Fire Hall.  Town meeting is at 7:00 PM at the Robbinston Grade School.