Members of Maine’s Green Independent Party will gather in Greene this weekend for an annual convention dedicated to the memory of a Deer Isle resident and party leader who died recently.
Jack Harrington, 63, served on the Green Independent Party’s steering committee and was a delegate to the national party. An Army and Navy veteran and a retired federal employee, Harrington was also active in numerous Deer Isle-area civic and community service organizations, including Deer Isle Grange 296 and Hospice of Hancock County as well as the national organization Veterans for Peace.
Harrington, who died April 22 in Bangor, had planned to run on the Green ticket for the District 36 seat in the Maine House of Representatives.
A replacement Green candidate has not been chosen for the seat, which is now held by House Speaker Hannah Pingree, D-North Haven. Pingree is termed out.
Harrington will be honored posthumously with the “Green of the Year” award this Saturday during the party’s annual state convention, to be held at the Androscoggin Grange in Greene.
“Jack was a man with a heart of gold and a deep sense of integrity and compassion,” Claire Mortimer, a Green Party activist and close friend of Harrington’s, said in a statement. “He dedicated his life to fighting for social justice.”