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Thomas H. Martin Jr. is an American politician and businessperson. Martin served as a Republican State Senator from Maine's 25th District, representing much of Kennebec County, including the population centers of Waterville and Winslow as well as two communities in Somerset County, including Pittsfield. At that time he was a resident of Benton, Maine. He was first elected to the Maine State Senate in 2010 and defeated for re-election in 2012 by Colleen Lachowicz. During his re-election campaign, the Maine Republican Party criticized Lachowicz for comments she made while playing World of Warcraft. After the criticism received national attention, gamers donated $6,300 to two PACs supporting Lachowicz. Overall, $181,000 was spent to oppose Martin's re-election. Lachowicz won her hometown of Waterville by more than 1,900 votes and the district by approximately 900.[1]

Thomas H. Martin Jr.
Member-elect of the Maine House of Representatives
from the 57th district
Assuming office
December 5, 2018
SucceedingStephen Wood
Member of the Maine Senate
from the 25th district
In office
December 1, 2010 – December 5, 2012
Preceded byLisa Marrache
Succeeded byColleen Lachowicz
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionBusinessperson

2018 candidacyEdit

After Leslie Gibson, the sole 2018 candidate for District 57 of the Maine State House withdrew in the wake of a nationwide uproar over his insults of Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors Emma González and David Hogg, Martin announced that he would run for the seat, stating that Gibson's remarks did not represent the Maine Republican Party, and that he planned to contact the survivors to commend their courage. Martin said that while he had contemplated a run for office, he had not intended to run for any office in 2018, since he and his wife had newly moved to this area, and had just adopted a child.[2]

PersonalEdit

Martin's private experience is primarily in the field of construction and excavation. He is a graduate of Central Maine Technical College.[3] He now lives in Greene, Maine. In a March 2018 interview, Martin said he and his new wife had moved to Greene "because it proved a good midway point for their respective jobs."[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Long, Robert (November 7, 2012). "World of Warcraft' candidate vanquishes opponent in Waterville". The Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/18/us/politics/maine-republican-leslie-gibson.html
  3. ^ "Maine Senate GOP: Meet Senator-elect Tom Martin". Maine.gov. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  4. ^ [http://www.sunjournal.com/beleaguered-gibson-abandons-state-house-race-seeks-peace-and-quiet/ Collins, Steve. "Beleaguered Leslie Gibson abandons state House race, seeks ‘peace and quiet’" sunjournal.com March 16, 2018