Ex-Maine Dems leader to serve on UN panel

Posted Sept. 25, 2009, at 3:04 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Rick Barton, former chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, has been nominated by President Barrack Obama to a post with the United Nations.

Barton, the founder of Barton & Gingold, a Portland-based communications firm, will serve as the U.S. representative on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Barton has been active in politics. In 1984, he won a seven-way primary as the Democratic nominee for Maine’s 1st Congressional District seat, but lost the general election to David Emery. Later, he served as the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees from 1999 to 2001.