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(Cumberland, ME, February 14, 2006)  Meredith Strang Burgess of Cumberland announced her candidacy for the Maine State House District #108 seat, which covers all of Cumberland and Long Island and part of North Yarmouth. Representative Terry McKenney currently holds this seat, but is in his fourth term and is prevented from re-election due to term limits.

Representative Terry McKenney said,“ I cannot think of anyone that would be more qualified to succeed me as a member of the Maine House. She is a successful businesswoman who understands what it means to meet a payroll; this knowledge is lacking in the Legislature. Meredith already knows most of the players in Augusta and she can hit the ground running. This is so important in this era of term limits.”

Strang Burgess, a Camden native, is a well-known small business owner.  As a Republican, she feels strongly that Maine policies have become very anti-business.  She says: “Maine's high tax rates have made it very difficult for Maine businesses to continue to grow.  Business growth is the key to economic development and new jobs for the future.  I promise to work hard to strengthen Maine’s business environment.  I am also a proponent of education, especially higher education as another form of economic prosperity for future generations.”

"Meredith is a very successful and accomplished business owner who has contributed much to the greater Portland community and Maine,” said Senator Karl Turner.  "She will be a great representative for Cumberland, Long Island and North Yarmouth in the Maine House."

While this will be Strang Burgess' first run for an elected office, she has been active in Maine politics since 1972.  She has attended almost every Maine State Republican Convention since 1974 and was one of the youngest alternate delegates in the country to attend the National Republican Convention in 1976.  She is a past member of the Maine Republican State Committee and the Cumberland County Republican Committee. She is a long-standing member of the Town of Cumberland Republican Committee and has volunteered for numerous local, state and national campaigns.  She is currently serving as First District Co-Chair for the Senator Olympia Snowe Re-Election campaign.

Strang Burgess is the owner and founder of Burgess Advertising and Associates, a full service marketing, advertising and public relations agency in Portland, which she started in 1986.  She is active in the Maine business community and serves on a variety of boards, including chairperson of the University of Maine Board of Visitors; President of the Maine Cancer Foundation; and board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Portland. 

In addition, as a breast cancer survivor, she actively helps women who have been diagnosed, fundraises for Maine cancer programs and advocates for awareness of early detection. She received the prestigious Mary Rines Thompson Award for outstanding public service in October of 2005 and the Jefferson Award for volunteerism in 2003.

Meredith for Maine Campaign volunteers include Carolyn Murray as Campaign Chairperson; Robert Vail, Treasurer; Peter Bingham, Rep. Terry McKenney, Senator Karl Turner, Joe Loring, Diane Zglobicki, Julie Jordan Marchese and April Ross.  The Committee will be one of the first House campaigns to utilize a web site, www.meredithformaine.com.

A University of Maine graduate, Meredith has been a resident of Cumberland since 1980.  She resides on Tuttle Road with her three sons, Christopher, Matthew and Andrew.


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