Lynne Williams For State Representative: Maine House District 135 – Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, and Lamoine.
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Lynne Williams State Representative:
Maine House District 135 – Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, and Lamoine.

Lynne Williams Esq.

I a ran for Maine House seat 135, which includes Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert and Lamoine. I hope for your support!

My focus as State Representative

In this dangerous and trying time, I have been so impressed with our local and State government leadership. Town councils have had thoughtful conversations about how best to protect residents while also protecting those who provide goods and services to visitors, so as to minimize economic harm. And our State government is working under extremely difficult conditions to fulfill their responsibilities to Maine residents.

As this almost invisible election season moves along, I have spent a lot of time pondering what government will look like in December, when the newly elected State legislature is sworn in and begins working. Will we still be in self-isolation? Will groups larger than ten be prohibited? Will our legislature meet via Zoom? We don't know the answer to that and it is hard to tell when any of us will know that answer.

Yet the absence of certainly, and our current aloneness, allows us a level of freedom that we may not have felt before. As one of my favorite authors, Alice Walker, has written: “The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or of one's people that had not previously been taken into account.”

So I set off on this journey spending time thinking about broad possibilities, not givens. Not what bills I might introduce but what vision I will offer. Medicare for all (thank you, Bernie!) is not only necessary, but very possible. Income inequality (thank you Occupy and a nod to former presidential candidate Andrew Yang) must, and can, be addressed. Our planet (thank you Rachel Carson, author of “The Silent Spring, ”
and Earth Day at fifty) needs urgent help. And, yes, Good Government (thank you Mainers for Ranked-Choice Voting and Clean Elections). But for future positive change we don't just need “good government, we need the best government!

So I continue to think about what our Maine Legislature can do in the future to make positive changes in our state.

I also look ahead to working with the other members of the Legislature and the
Executive branch, if I am elected, to pick up the pieces of our state government that have been impacted by the Corona virus. But not to just put those pieces back in the same places as before. Rather, to envision new shapes for those pieces and new ways to put the puzzle back together, for the benefit of all Mainers and all who wish to be Mainers.

Thank you for reading these musings and there will be more to come. Have a good and safe day, week, year and life!

With hopeful respect, Lynne

Lynne William's, the short version

I am a decades-long progressive activist, as well as an attorney. With a Ph.D in Social Psychology, I've been a mediator for over thirty years. I worked for Tom Hayden during his first successful election to the California State Legislature and in 1984 worked on Gary Hart's first presidential campaign. After the 1984 Democratic State Convention in San Francisco, I remained in the SF Bay Area for the next 14 years, working for a progressive member of the S.F. Board of Supervisors and on numerous local Democratic campaigns, as well as graduating from law school. In 1998, my son and I moved to Maine, and eventually Bar Harbor.

As a Maine attorney, I choose to represent protesters engaging in civil disobedience, including peace and environmental activists. I also represented members of Occupy Maine in 2012 litigation in Federal court and have done significant environmental litigation. As a decades-long member of the National Lawyers Guild, I have litigated civil liberties actions alongside the Maine ACLU. I also currently do legal work for small businesses in Maine, many from the cannabis sector, and am on the Legal Panel of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

[Lynne Williams Biography Info.]

Lynne Williams was born Feb. 10, 1950 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Francis E. and
Dorothy M. Williams. She has one brother, Glenn.
She graduated from Catherine McAuley School for Girls in Brooklyn in 1967, then attended
Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, from which she earned a BA in Psychology in 1972.
That year she married Stephen Tabussi. They have since divorced.
Also in 1972, Lynne began studying for her Master’s degree at the City University of New York Graduate Center, earning her Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology in 1975. She then moved to California to attend the University of Southern California, where she earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 1981.

While in California she worked as a Research Assistant for the Social Science Research Institute,
and as an organizer for the Campaign for Economic Democracy. Lynne also served as a
legislative aide for San Francisco Supervisor Caro Ruth Silver, as Finance Director for Tom
Hayden during his first state legislative campaign, and as a member of the National campaign
staff for Gary Hart's presidential run in 1984.

As an anti-war and environmental activist in the 70's and 80's, Lynne has been arrested three
times, once in Boston at an anti-war rally, and twice in California protesting the Diablo Canyon
nuclear power plant. None of the arrests led to a trial or conviction.
In 1988 Lynne gave birth to her son, Brendan.

She owned Bookfriends bookstore in San Francisco from 1989 to 1992 and served as
A admissions Director of the Presidio School from 1993 to 1995.
Lynne enrolled in Golden Gate University School of Law in 1995, and in 1998 earned her
J.D. with a Certificate in Public Interest Law. While in law school she worked at the Community
Alliance for Special Education in San Francisco. In 1998, Lynne and Brendan moved to Maine.

When I was in Law School, no one would rent to a single mom with a little boy, Lynne recalls,
“ so we lived on a run down Chris Craft cabin cruiser in Richmond, CA. When I graduated, I
figured my son should have a place to live on dry land, but I couldn’t afford Northern California.
Brendan complained that he loved it there so much, because it’s so beautiful, with the parks and
the beach. He wanted to stay in California. “ I said sorry, you’ re 10 years old and this family is usually, but not quite always, a democracy.

So I get to decide. But I promise you that I will find someplace at least as beautiful as where
we’ ll be leaving.’” She kept her promise and she and Brendan moved to the other coast and settled in Maine, first in the Midcoast area and later on Mount Desert Island.
Before passing the Maine Bar and opening her law practice, Lynne worked as a consultant and
researcher for Medical Care Development in Augusta, as an Special Education Hearing
Officer and Mediator for Impartial Resolutions Inc., and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Belfast.

Lynne Williams is admitted to the Maine Bar, the Federal District Court of Maine, and the
First Circuit Court of Appeals. Since 2002 she has been attorney and sole proprietor of
Williams Law Office in Bar Harbor. With a history of both criminal and civil litigation, her practice is currently focused on helping businesses with regulatory compliance and zoning and land use issues.
Lynne was a candidate for State Senate in 2010, and in 2018 sought the office of Hancock
County Probate Court Judge, coming within 25 votes of winning the seat against an incumbent.
She served as a member, and then as Chair of the Bar Harbor Planning Board, from 2009 to
2012, and currently serves as Chair of the Harbor Committee of Bar Harbor.
When not working or dealing with her civic responsibilities, Lynne enjoys spending time with
her son, Brendan, who is a stand-up comedian and hospitality worker, living and working in
South Portland.

Lynne Williams For State Representative:
Maine House District 135 – Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, and Lamoine.

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