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Senate President Mitchell to Run for Governor

Monday, August 10, 2009 Maine Senate President Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell filed papers to join the crowd of Democrats already chasing the Democratic nomination to succeed John Baldacci, My spell checker tries to fix Baldacci, as Baldfaced.

To get ahead in the campaign for Governor “Libby” is going to have to give her elbows a workout if she wants to make running room for herself.

Those in the running already include Donna Dion, Dawn Hill, Eriq Manson, Steve Rowe, and Rosa Scarcelli. To get the Right wing slant, note the italics, with a little humor even, go to AsMaineGoes and read the article here.

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August 10th, 2009 Posted by narsbars | MSEA-SEIU, democratic candidate, libby mitchell, next governor of maine, union backing | no comments

MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 President Hodsdon Steps on Rumors

MSEA-SEIU President Bruce Hodsdon pledged to serve out his full term if reelected this fall.

He has been passing the word at chapter meetings for the past few weeks. There had been rumors swirling that he was interested in resigning right after the election and letting his probable VP, Ginnette Rivard serve the rest of his term.

After weeks of rampant speculation regarding the future of MSEA-SEIU president Bruce Hodsdon, the President faced the rumors head on and stated officially the he will serve 100% of his term if reelected.

The following quote is from memory, and may not be the exact wording used at the time.

“I want to say that I have heard the rumors of my planned resignation and state that I am 100 percent committed to MSEA-SEIU and I look forward to fulfilling my duties in years to come,” Hodsdon said.

“Due to the work of the membership and the time and effort, made by everyone associated with our Union, I believe we are building a stronger future for all of us.”

“I have no plans for another job anywhere besides MSEA-SEIU at this time,” Hodsdon said very definitely.

While many former Union officials migrate from local positions to higher-profile national jobs with their Unions, Bruce Hodsdon doesn’t seem to have any interest in the national scen at this time.

Rumors swirled around unsubstantiated talk about Hodsdon’s plans to quit after election and taking a job with SEIU, following the pattern of many retired Union officials that often plan on quitting and find they can’t give up the work..

Hodsdon has plenty of time in MSEA and State service, as a former VP, Ferry worker and even a stint on the dark side as Human resources. He is currently on the international board of SEIU and has represented Maine’s interests at every chance.

Hodsdon has yet to be reelected and start a second two-year term with MSEA-SEIU but at this time the odds seem in his favor.

Hodsdon has compiled a long, successful record with MSEA-SEIU since taking office two years ago and has been president during disastrous economic conditions but has continued to work towards making our Union more member driven by involving State Employees from all bargaining units in all aspects of the Union from Labor Management committees to bargaining.

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August 10th, 2009 Posted by narsbars | MSEA ELECTIONS, MSEA-SEIU, Maine State Employees | 4 comments