“I am running as a Clean Elections Candidate, which means we need to follow a limited and very specific fundraising process. It is more work, but definitely worth it. I want to make fundamental changes in the way we run for governor as well as the way we run the state. Minimizing the influences of big money on my campaign is a necessary first step.”
Steve believes that government should focus on serving the people of Maine. Through his work in paper mills, as a carpenter, as a tree farmer, as a high school physics teacher, and as a nordic ski coach, Steve understands what it means to live in Maine. He knows that the time to invest in Maine’s future is now. Our next generation depends on it.
A Community Leader
Steve’s roots in Central Maine run deep. He has worked with and mentored over 3500 students and their families, and coached over 1500 athletes. He is a former board member of the Maine Science Teachers Association, and has helped organize and run the Summer Institute for High School Physics Teachers at Bates College for over a decade. Steve was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Steve values Maine’s natural beauty. He is an avid hiker and skier, taps maple trees in the spring, and cuts and splits his family’s firewood off his own land in the fall.
Steve shares his enthusiasm for the Maine outdoors with his community throughout the year– teaching kids to ski, maintaining public trails, and planting and growing trees. Steve believes in improving Maine people’s access to the outdoors, and protecting Maine’s natural environment for future generations.
A Dedicated Teacher & Coach
“He has created a fantastic culture in the ski team where everyone is welcome, and where everyone is pushed to be the best version of themselves.” –Student at Maranacook High School
For the last 39 years, Steve has worked as a teacher, school administrator, ski coach, and counselor. Steve remains connected with his growing alumni network. He has officiated numerous weddings for friends and former students. Many of Steve’s former skiers contribute to the Maranacook ski program to enable students who need financial help to be on the nordic team. His teaching philosophy is simple: Make it meaningful.
A Family Man
Steve and Tara have been married for 32 years and together they have parented three very different and dynamic children. Tara works as an elementary school counselor. She also had taught dance for 25 years.
Steve and Tara’s children Luca, Tyler, and Hannah are all currently living, learning, and working in Maine. Hannah graduated from Colby and is currently working for Refugee and Immigration Services in Portland. Tyler graduated from Bowdoin and is currently teaching Science in Portland, following in his father’s footsteps as an educator and coach. Luca is a sophomore at Bowdoin with big plans to follow his Dad into politics after law school. Both Tyler and Luca are avid nordic skiers.