A story I’ve never really told before now

The Democratic primary is Tuesday, June 14, 2016. If you watch this video, please remember one thing. The lion’s share of the credit for closing the MERC incinerator, and for sparking the comeback of the mill buildings in Saco & Biddeford, goes to the Mayor of Biddeford and that city’s courageous 2012 City Council. I want that to be crystal clear.

A lot of work went into closing MERC

A lot of work went into closing MERC

However, the state senate is an important post. In my view, it requires ample experience. This video touches on some of the work I did to set the stage for getting the MERC garbage incinerator closed. Naturally, most folks don’t really know what went on for years behind the scenes. That’s normal. But everybody is now glad it’s gone.

Toxic emissions from MERC no longer drift over Old Orchard Beach and Saco, and the stench of raw garbage no longer blankets our downtowns. If you go have lunch tomorrow on the deck at Run of the Mill, you can be sure that you will not be driven inside by a MERC odor “event,” as used to be the case.

For more than a decade a lot of us worked hard to set the stage, and in 2012 the Biddeford mayor and council did some real heavy lifting and finished the job. Great work all around. Voters value experience, because experience it matters. I would be honored to have your vote on Tuesday.

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Humbled by endorsements

Johnson letter Tardif (2)






While reading this morning’s Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier, I came across these two letters of support for my candidacy for the Senate District 31 seat.

Both former Saco Mayor Bill Johnson and former City Councilor Art Tardif have given boatloads of pubic service to the city of Saco.

It is truly an honor (and a humbling experience) to see that these two leaders are supporting my campaign. Thank you Bill and Art for your support!

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Closely monitoring situation in SAD 6

SAD6I’ve been knocking on doors as I visit with voters in Senate District 31, and more than any other topic, the parents of SAD 6 kids are asking me about this story regarding the controversy surrounding the school superintendent.


“Many of the people who attended the [SAD 6] meeting were parents hoping to express their concerns about the superintendent and the board’s response to his violation of the nepotism policy. There was no public comment period and most didn’t get a chance to address the board, as they would have had to sign up before the meeting to speak on a specific agenda item.”

Here is my take: What especially bothers me is the Superintendent’s response, “I don’t talk to the media.”

I’m sorry, but no public servant should say that.

Families are justifiably concerned because this impacts children. In no way do I want to infringe on anybody’s employment or privacy rights, but the SAD 6 School Board should immediately place the superintendent on administrative leave while this mess is straightened out.

Put all the facts on the table. Appropriately pursue this matter with urgency and thoroughness.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact me at barry.hobbins@gmail.com and I will do all that I can. Thank you.

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A Great Kick-off for the campaign

20160501_172757During a campaign kick-off event, dozens of supporters turned out to show their enthusiastic support for Barry Hobbins’ campaign for the Maine State Senate.

Supporters came from near and far to personally hear Barry speak about his enthusiasm for this campaign and his vision for what can be accomplished in the next Legislative session.

“We may not like it, but Paul LePage is going to be our governor for the next two years,” Hobbins told a room full of mostly Democrats. “But we need someone who can move beyond the partisan gridlock. I believe in getting things done. I believe in results that benefit the people of Maine.”

20160501_172450Hobbins recalled his very first race for elected office as a 21-year-old candidate. “Today, I am 65, and I still have the same passion, the same vigor,” he said.

Others in the room spoke highly of Hobbins and his ability to get things done in Augusta.

State Senator Stan Gerzofsky drove from Brunswick to attend the event held in Old Orchard Beach.

20160501_170032“Barry Hobbins is the real deal,” Gerzofsky said. “I have worked side by side with Barry, and I can say without any hesitation that he is a man of integrity and commitment. He’s one of the hardest working legislators and he knows how to compromise without abandoning his principles.”

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BJH Silhouette GreenPlease join your friends and many others as we kick-off the campaign to return Barry Hobbins to the Maine Senate for the District 31 seat.

The event will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 4 – 6p.m. at Duffy’s located at 168 Saco Avenue in Old Orchard Beach.

Click here for a copy of the invitation

There is no charge to attend, but the campaign is gladly accepting donations. Kids are  welcome. Come join old friends and make new friends!

We will have food and a cash bar, and it’s guaranteed to be a fun time.

Hope to see you there!

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Support for Equality Maine

State Reps. Henry Beck, Barry Hobbins and Ryan Fecteau attending the Equality Maine Dinner/Auction on April 9.

State Reps. Henry Beck, Barry Hobbins and Ryan Fecteau attending the Equality Maine Dinner/Auction on April 9.

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A problem that affects us all


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