PORTLAND, ME – Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe will return to her hometown of Auburn on Thursday night to receive the Auburn Business Association’s 2013 Citizen of the Year award. The award, first given out in 1974, honors an outstanding person in the community for business and community service.
“I am incredibly honored to be receiving the Auburn Business Association’s 2013 Citizen of the Year Award,” said Snowe in a press release. “Little could I have imagined during my formative years on Turner Street that my career would culminate with three terms in the United States Senate — beginning with my decision to run for the State House of Representatives from Auburn. I couldn’t be more proud to call Auburn home, and to receive this honor is something I will forever cherish.”
In addition to the award, Snowe will receive the key to the city from Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte.
Snowe served the people of Auburn for 40 years, first representing the city as a member of the Maine State Legislature, then as Maine’s 2nd Congressional District Representative, and most recently as United States Senator. She describes her early years in Auburn, and how that time helped shaped the values she brought with her to public office, in her new book, “Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.”
Thursday evening’s event, being held at the Ramada Conference Center, is expected to draw more than 250 people. Among those in attendance will be former Maine Governors John McKernan and John Baldacci, and 2nd District Congressman Mike Michaud.
Snowe is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center (bipartisanpolicy.org) and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform. She also supports elected officials and candidates who will strive for bipartisan solutions via her political action committee, OLYMPIA’s List (olympiaslist.org)