WATERFORD — Insisting it is “time for significant change in our government,” organic farmer and retired pastor Doretta Colburn is seeking election to a State House seat this fall.
Colburn, a Democrat, is eyeing the 71st District seat held since 2010 by Norway Republican Tom Winsor.
Winsor, who can’t run for re-election because of term limits, defeated Democratic challenger Michael Twitchell in 2016 by a 58-42 margin in a district that encompasses Norway, West Paris, Waterford and Sweden.
So far, Colburn is the only candidate in the race. She plans to run as a Clean Election candidate.
“We need to trust that our elected officials are working for us,” she said in a prepared statement. “Public service means just that: caring for, listening to and acting on behalf of the people we serve. Big money and self-serving interests do not belong in politics.”
Colburn and her husband, Ted, are fourth generation farmers who own Beech Hill Farm. They raise grass-fed bison, laying hens and organic produce. Colburn also bakes artisan breads and bagels.
Colburn taught middle school science before staying home to raise two daughters. She later earned a master’s degree in divinity from Yale University and worked as a congregational minister for two decades, most recently at North Waterford Congregational Church.
An active Rotary Club member, Colburn also serves on a library board and Waterford World’s Fair, where she runs a hands-on program for young children, Little Hands for Agriculture.
The general election is Nov. 6. For more information, see her campaign’s Facebook page.
Doretta Colburn, Democratic candidate for Maine House District 71 (Photo provided)