Town Council Candidates
Terry L. Greenier
Work history: Having grown up in the County I worked from a very young age in the potato fields until I graduated. I then joined the US Army and got an honorable discharge at the end of my service. I then worked for Hawaiian Airlines as the Operations Director for a few years and then was recruited by Professional Growth Systems, which is a consulting firm in Alaska, to train office managers in Native villages. I then started a company in Anchorage with another colleague called Immediate Care which provided Personal Care Services. It should be noted that in 2006 Immediate Care made Inc. Magazines list of the 500 fastest growing companies in America. In 2006 I moved back to Maine and opened the Irish Setter Pub in Presque Isle and then in 2007 started a mail order pharmacy called I Care Pharmacy located in Fort Fairfield which is still in existence. Political experience: I was a town councilman in Fort Fairfield, Maine for 3 years until I moved to Orono in 2016. Community/State/Civic Organization experience: Rotary (both in Alaska and Maine), Kiwanis, Board Member and Treasurer for Heal Equity Alliance, Steering Committee for The Maine Potato Blossom Festival, Head Coordinator for the Pride 5k and Pride Golf Scramble in Orono. Why are you running? I am running because I truly love Orono and everything that it embodies. I believe in community service but community service has to be done for the right reasons. Let’s face it, this is a tough job and I know first hand how much time and commitment the position takes. I want to be one of seven council members that offer diverse views on issues within Orono. My experience as a past councilman as well as a successful business person affords me skills that I believe are necessary to be an effective town councilor. What do you see as the issues for Orono in the next few years, and how would you address them? As we know Maine has an aging population and Orono is no different. I believe an issue resulting from this is the need to attract and maintain younger individuals. As it stands now Orono has housing options for the elderly population as well and the university population. However, we fall short on housing options for the younger professional who wants to live and raise a family in Orono. We need to look at new housing options to rectify this issue. Another issue is economic growth for our community. Just like other communities attracting new business to town is getting more difficult. I believe that if any business is going to consider Orono we need to invest in high speed internet along with better cell service.
Daniel R. LaPointe -
Laurie J. Osher
I’m running for reelection to Town Council to continue the important work of improving Orono. Since being elected in 2017, I helped the Orono Farmers’ Market find their indoor winter location at Asa Adams and supported the initiatives of the Orono Paddlers and bicycle enthusiasts in their quest to facilitate the creation of better recreation opportunities. I've pushed for the Council to investigate the costs and benefits of installing solar panels and encouraged the town to improve building energy efficiency. In discussions of ordinance changes, I’ve supported small businesses and Orono’s many entrepreneur business owners.
It has been an honor to serve, but there is still much work to do. There’s more work to do to strengthen the local economy and make Orono a prosperous and comfortable place for all residents. Orono should support organizations that provide services to our elderly residents so that they can comfortably and safely stay in their homes and ‘age in place’ instead of having to move. There’s more work to do to ensure that Orono will be resilient in the face of extreme weather events that are occurring with greater frequency as global atmospheric temperatures and CO2 concentrations increase. There’s more to work do to ensure that our town is welcoming and supportive of immigrants, people of color, and young adults who are saddled with debt, employed in low wage jobs, and challenged by the high cost of housing in Orono.
Adam C. Toothaker
I grew up in Harpswell, Maine, and joined the Marine Corps after high school. As a Marine, I traveled around the world, met and married my wife, raised two daughters, earned my bachelor’s degree, and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer after 20 years. I always knew I’d end up back in Maine, which I love for its small population and undisturbed beauty, the same reasons I’m also very fond of Orono. I recently joined the Orono Land Trust as a way to pay back for my year-round use of the trails.
I’m running for Town Council because I want to explore new ways to raise funds for this town. The mil rate in Orono is 27, which is the highest in the area, and much higher than the state average. However, just over 50% of Orono’s land is taxable. It’s in our best interest to find new sources of revenue. The town of Howland was able to lower taxes and increase services with several creative solutions, but mainly by contracting out their ambulances to transport non-emergency patients. That’s the kind of action we need to take if we’re going to resolve issues like our ever-increasing school budget or the State’s inability to fund its share of K-12 education or the revenue sharing program. We can’t tax our way out of our current position. I have a keen interest in seeing this town succeed and I’m looking forward to serving the people of Orono as a Town Councilor.