Grohman Announces Qualification For Congressional Race

Marty Grohman, a businessman and independent second-term state legislator, announced today that he has turned in the signatures required to qualify for the general election ballot.

Grohman is running as an independent in Maine’s first congressional district, and officially qualified for the ballot on Friday when he submitted more than 2,200 petition signatures to the Secretary of State.

 

Grohman Announces Qualification For Congressional Race

Tells Supporters at Launch Event: “It's time to stop the partisan bickering. Fix, Not Fight”

BIDDEFORD -- Marty Grohman, a businessman and independent second-term state legislator, announced today that he has turned in the signatures required to qualify for the general election ballot.

Grohman is running as an independent in Maine’s first congressional district, and officially qualified for the ballot on Friday when he submitted more than 2,200 petition signatures to the Secretary of State.

He was joined this morning by supporters, friends, and family at an event at the Pepperell Mill in Biddeford to formally launch his campaign.

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We're officially launching this campaign today to take this congressional seat out of the hands of the political parties, and put it back in the hands of the citizens of this district.” Grohman said in an address to the crowd. “Fix, not fight. That's what this campaign is all about. There is work to be done. It's time to stop the partisan bickering. One by one, it's time to address these issues, come to consensus, and move our nation forward."

Grohman qualified a week early for the ballot, surpassing the 2,000 signature requirement for independent candidates, which is twice the number required for party-affiliated candidates. He joins Republican candidate Mark Holbrook and Democratic incumbent Rep. Chellie Pingree on the ballot.

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Grohman currently serves as State Representative for House District 12, Biddeford, and is a strong pro-business advocate for veterans' groups and addiction recovery programs. He is a two-time American Legion Legislator of the Year, an honorary life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and won the 2016 President's Award from Maine Sheriff's Association. In 2017, he was named the Retail Association of Maine's Legislator of the Year, and was ranked the most bipartisan member of the Maine Legislature.

Grohman grew up on a working farm in the western Maine town of Carthage. He went through Dirigo schools until he received a scholarship as a day student from Gould Academy, and went on to earn his degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After working several years in the plastics industry, he pioneered a composite decking material and launched a successful building materials company in Biddeford. The company went on to employ 75 people and gross $30 million in sales. After selling the company Grohman became Executive Director of Sustainability for GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, where he initiated a series of first-in-the-nation sustainability practices for the building materials industry.

Rep. Grohman and his wife Amy and two children live in Biddeford, where they are members of Union Church.

For more information, visit MartyGrohman.com.