STONINGTON — Genevieve McDonald of Stonington has filed to run in the fall for District 134 in the Maine House of Representatives, a district that includes Southwest Harbor, Tremont, the Cranberry Isles, Swans Island and Frenchboro.
McDonald grew up in the communities of Mount Desert Island and the Blue Hill Peninsula and now resides in Stonington. She is a commercial lobsterman and is politically active in the commercial fishing industry. McDonald serves as the Downeast Region representative on the Maine Lobster Advisory Council, representing the interests of commercial lobster license holders from lobster fishing Zones A, B and C.
“The bridged and unbridged island of Penobscot Bay face unique challenges and deserve strong representation in Augusta,” McDonald said in a statement. “We are the heart of Maine’s billion-dollar commercial fishing industry and deserve recognition as the source of a significant revenue building natural resource in the State. It is necessary we continue to promote the sustainability of Maine’s fisheries and the people who depend on them.”
McDonald started college at 30 with the goal of facilitating collaboration between the commercial fishing and scientific communities as an advocate for the fisheries. She is set to graduate from the University of Maine in May with a bachelor’s in university studies and a minor in Maine studies. In the offseason for the past four years, she has worked as a substitute teacher in the Deer Isle-Stonington school system.
“Education opens doors to opportunities, both for the student and for the communities in which they reside. I hope we can create more economic opportunities for young adults to stay and contribute to Maine.”
In 2015, McDonald coordinated an effort alongside other female commercial fishermen to persuade Grundens, the leading manufacturer of foul weather apparel, to design a line of gear fitted specifically for women, allowing them to do their jobs more safely and efficiently.
“Women are adept collaborators and offer a diversity of perspectives, when women have a seat at the table — things get done. It’s fantastic so many women from both parties are currently running for office. I am a Democrat, and strongly identify as a moderate. I am far more interested in the issues and the interests of the people of Maine and finding solutions, than I am in party politics.”
McDonald is pregnant and expecting twins due in May. “I am fortunate to have a wonderful support network including my husband of five years, Cory McDonald, which allows me to pursue both motherhood and public service.”
“The issues that are important to me are successfully managing Maine’s marine resources, preserving our working waterfront and shoreline access, building Maine’s rural economy and assuring the best possible education for our children.”