January 23, 2019  
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Another long-time Maine Republican leaves the party
Another long-time Maine Republican leaves the party
Rep. Donand G. "Don" Marean, a state legislator from Hollis in York County, left the Republican Party yesterday, reducing the party’s minority in the Maine House of Representatives to 56. He becomes the seventh independent in the House.

Marean has long been a moderate member in a party that has jolted from authentically conservative to radically reactionary. He has a lifetime pro-environment voting score from Maine Conservation Voters of 57%. His score would be higher had he not missed votes on several bills rated by MCV.

Marean owned and operated Standish Hardware & Feed Co. for 30 years. He sold the business to his employees in 2008. In 1988, with his wife Linda, he founded Lindon Farm, which they ran it until 2009 as a Standardbred breeding facility. In 2010 they retired from breeding, but continue to own and race horses. He serves as chairman of the U.S. Trotting Association's District 9.

Marean is also a member of the American Horse Council Board of Trustees, a director of the Maine Farm Bureau Horse Council, vice-chair of the University of Maine Board of Agriculture, a director of the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association, and past-president and director of the Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, and a director of GrowSmart Maine.

He was appointed by the Governor as Chair of the Land for Maine's Future (LMF) board, as well as to serve on the Animal Welfare Advisory Council, representing Maine Farm Bureau and large animals.

In 2003, Don received the Distinguished Service Award from the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association, and in 2013, he received the Appreciation Award from Harness Horsemen's International.

In the Maine Legislature, Marean was a long-time member of the Joint Standing Committee of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and a strong supporter of the LMF program. After Gov. Paul LePage illegally refused to release Land for Maine's Future funds, Marean voted to direct the governor to release the LMF bonds.

2019 will be the twelfth year Marean has served in the House since 2004. He is termed out in 2020.

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2019 (Archive on Friday, January 25, 2019)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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