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Portland lawyer chosen as Maine Dems chairman

Posted Jan. 24, 2011, at 9:55 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 24, 2011, at 5:23 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A 33-year-old labor lawyer from Portland is the new chairman of the Maine Democratic Party.

The Maine Democratic State Committee on Sunday elected Benjamin Grant to the two-year post. He succeeds John Knutson, of Brooklin.

Grant practices labor and employment law at the McTeague Higby law firm in Topsham.

Before joining the firm, he was an aide to state Senate Presidents Beth Edmonds and Beverly Daggett and served as director of the Maine Senate Campaign Committee during the 2004 election campaign. He’s also worked on other campaigns in both Maine and New Hampshire.

Former Maine Attorney General Janet Mills was elected vice-chairwoman.

The Maine Republican Party accused Mills of a “quick leap from a supposedly non-partisan position to a position at the apex of partisanship.”

“Janet Mills used the position of Attorney General to further a purely partisan agenda,” said Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster.

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