BAR HARBOR, Maine – A local attorney who has championed numerous environmental and human rights causes in Maine has announced that she intends to run for governor in 2010.
Lynne Williams, 58, is state chairman of the Maine Green Independent Party and serves on the local planning board in Bar Harbor. She has lived in Maine for 10 years, first in Augusta and then in Rockland before moving to Bar Harbor in 2004. She ran unsuccessfully for the Maine House of Representatives in 2004 as a Maine Green Independent Party member.
Williams made the announcement in a prepared statement she sent Monday to the Bangor Daily News.
“I can contribute to the dialogue in our state, as we transition into a very difficult period of reduced resources and the necessary reduced expectations,” Williams said in the statement. “The Green party platform, and my own values, are particularly suited to guiding a state through this type of period.”
As an attorney, Williams has championed several environmental and human rights issues in Maine. She represents groups opposed to the Plum Creek development proposal for Moosehead lake, organizations suing for better protections of the endangered lynx, and southern Maine towns concerned about Poland Spring’s use of groundwater for its bottled water business. She also has represented anti-war protestors who have refused to leave the Bangor offices of U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, and an inmate at Maine State Prison in Warren who was barred from talking to the media.