Youth for Strimling
With news of the recent endorsement of Chellie Pingree by the League of Young Voters (see "League of Young Voters Primary Endorsements," by Deirdre Fulton, May 6, at, I am writing to remind people that not all young voters support her. As a young, lesbian, feminist woman voter, I support Ethan Strimling because he is willing to fight for all Maine people, especially those of us who live within the margins. Although I am impressed by his voting record as a state senator, I support Ethan because the personal is political.

Ethan Strimling is a community activist I have collaborated with many times. When providing prevention education at Portland West, I witnessed Ethan’s hands-on style as a director, clearly involved with the people his organization serves, Portland’s at-risk youth. As a domestic violence advocate, I have watched as Ethan supported victims of abuse not only legislatively but locally, by attending vigils and events in his community. During pride events, I am never surprised to see Ethan in attendance, allied with LGBT Mainers. Throughout my involvement with the League of Young Voters, Ethan has backed our efforts enthusiastically, showing up for events and meetings in Portland and speaking on our organization’s behalf in Augusta — long before he decided to run for Congress.

Though it lacks the backing of a major political organization, I am proud to say Ethan Strimling has my personal endorsement as a candidate for Congress.

Jill Barkley

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