FALMOUTH, Maine. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, former two-time chairwoman of the Falmouth Town Council, announced Thursday she is running for the State Senate seat currently held by Dick Woodbury. Woodbury has announced he is not seeking re-election.
Senate District 25 encompasses the municipalities of Gray, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, part of
Westbrook, Chebeague Island, and Long Island.
“It’s an exciting time to enter state government because Maine faces so many challenges and opportunities. I hope to bring my practical experience and passion for public service to Augusta. I’d be honored to represent the citizens of Senate District 25,“ said Breen in a press release.
“Cathy is a passionate public servant who has experience advocating successfully for her community,” said Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, said in a press release. “Her voice and her values would make her a welcome addition to the Maine Senate.”
Breen was a strong proponent of controlled growth and conservation of open space on the Falmouth Town Council from 2005-2011. She shepherded the passage of the 2007 Open Space referendum, one of the most successful local land and wildlife habitat conservation efforts in Maine history. In addition, Breen consistently championed low property tax rates.
Breen promoted improved efficiency in local and regional services during her six years as Falmouth’s
representative on the Greater Portland Council of Governments. A strong advocate for public transit
including Metro bus service in Falmouth, Breen participated in long-term transportation planning with the Coastal Corridor Coalition composed of Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth and Freeport.
Breen brings traditional Democratic values to the issues, supporting high quality public education, economic growth that respects Maine’s natural resources, open and efficient government, increased access to quality health care, marriage equality, and economic security for Mainers of all income levels. She supports the expansion of Medicaid to all eligible Mainers and the restoration of state revenue sharing with municipalities.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Spurwink Services, a statewide organization that serves
children and adults with behavioral and mental health needs and developmental disabilities.
Breen has lived in Falmouth since 2000. She received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a
master’s of education from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is married to attorney Jay S. Geller and has two teen-aged children.