LePage’s labor commissioner nominee withdraws name from consideration

Posted Feb. 17, 2011, at 11:45 a.m.
Cheryl Russell
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Cheryl Russell

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s nominee for commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor has withdrawn her name from consideration, the governor’s office announced Thursday.

“Cheryl Russell has informed me that she has some business matters that she must continue attending to that prevent her from serving in my cabinet,” LePage said in a statement. “I appreciate Cheryl’s strong interest in serving the people of Maine and wish her continued success as a business leader.”

Russell, of Chester, is a Wytopitlock native who spent 17 years working in the family logging business, Hanington Brothers Inc. Russell now runs Competitive Edge Consulting and formerly worked for the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine and the American Loggers Council.

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