23 Jun Laura Fortman
Growing up as the oldest child in a working-class family, I realized how critically important it is for everyone to have access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity. Years ago, my personal experience with sexual assault led to my passion for public service. I’ve worked to end sexual violence and domestic abuse and have fought for social and economic justice ever since. I’ve spent my career making sure people have a voice on issues that impact their lives and I want to use my understanding of how government works to get things done. I know how to build coalitions and create programs that can make a real difference in the lives of hard-working Maine people.
Maine can build an economy for the 21st century by expanding broadband into our most rural communities, ensuring that we have a healthy and sustainable environment, and creating opportunities for lifelong learning, including apprenticeships and vocational training that lead to better jobs. Family-friendly policies like childcare, paid leave, and predictable scheduling will help us support, retain, and attract young families to our communities. I am committed to expanding access to healthcare, affordable housing, and public transportation for everyone.
As I’ve been knocking doors and listening to people in the district, I’ve been struck by how hard people are working to manage on their own. Many are struggling to stretch paychecks with wages that are stagnant, running small businesses with an aging labor pool, grappling with high childcare costs, and caring for aging parents. Over and over, people tell me that they don’t mind working hard, but they want a fair shake. I believe we’re in this together. I want to take what I’ve learned as an advocate, as Labor Commissioner, as a Mom and put it to work for you. Let’s make Maine work for all of us so that our hard work delivers results for all.
Growing up as the oldest child in a working-class family, Laura experienced first-hand how critically important it is for everyone to have access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity.
Laura has spent her life making sure people have a voice on the issues that impact their lives. She has served at the helm of the Maine Women’s Lobby, Maine Women’s Policy Center, the Maine Department of Labor, and the United States Department of Labor (wages and hours division). Laura also held the role of director of the Frances Perkins’ Center – a personally meaningful role for her as Perkins has long been a hero of Laura’s.
She has led efforts to end sexual assault, domestic violence, and discrimination, and to expand access to healthcare and better jobs in our communities.
Laura has built coalitions, created programs, and brought funds to Maine that are making a real difference in the lives of hard-working Maine people.
Laura is running as a clean elections candidate and thanks to incredible support from the community has maxxed out on her allowed contributions. Thank you to the 500+ District 13 residents who contributed!