Machias’ Therrien Announces Run for Augusta

By Sarah Craighead 

Dedmon

 

Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien has announced her campaign for the District 6 senate seat soon to be vacated by Republican Joyce Maker. In January Maker announced she would not seek reelection. 

Therrien said she admired the work Maker did on behalf of Washington County. “I feel that Joyce and Will and Bob Alley have fought very, very hard on this correctional facility issue, and on shellfishing issues and things that impact Downeast, and they have done an excellent job,” said Therrien. “They’re going to lose a lot [in Augusta] when they lose Joyce.”

Speaking up for Washington County is one of Therrien’s prime motivations for seeking election. 

“Our rural counties contribute vastly to this state in natural resources and in the gross domestic product,” she said. “I think many times that is undervalued, and that some decisions are based on the population centers and not the full state.”

With the March 15 candidate registration deadline passed, Therrien will be the only Democrat running for the District 6 seat, and Marianne Moore will be the only Republican. 

Therrien was raised in Maine and found her way into municipal management through a job in Skowhegan, where she registered cars and collected tax payments. She has trained through the Edwin Muskie School of Public Service, and graduated from Leadership Maine, a year-long program run by the Maine Development Foundation.

She started working in town management in 1993, and eventually came to Machias where she served as town manager from 2001-2006. She then moved to Madawaska where she served as town manager for nine years, and returned to take over as Machias Town Manager again in 2015.

“I think it’s just natural as a town manager that you have to look at many different facets of the community, the different needs of departments as well as what citizens want, and you have to try to balance all that in a reasonable financial picture,” said Therrien. “It’s just moving those tools and that knowledge to a state level.”

Therrien also serves as the president of the Machias Rotary Club, in addition to sitting on the Machias Valley Municipal Airport Committee, and assisting with the Machias Green Space committees.  

“My philosophy is, while I believe in economically sound policies, people are important, too,” she said.

Having discussed the demands of the state senator role with a former seatholder, Therrien does not plan to resign her post as town manager, but hopes to work the two roles simultaneously. 

“The only thing I can truly say is that I’ll fight hard for Washington County,” said Therrien, who is running as a Clean Elections candidate. 

To contribute five dollars to Therrien’s clean elections race, visit www.maine.gov/ethics/mcea.