HOULTON, ME, July 2020 — Kathryn Harnish, a Democrat from Houlton, has launched her 2020 campaign for Maine’s House District 144, bringing her experience as a small business owner and strategic problem-solver to a campaign focused on the prosperity of the people of northern Maine.
“I’m honored to represent the Democratic party in District 144 this November and excited to bring a vision for ‘better’ to my neighbors ,” said Harnish. “I’m running to amplify the voices of the hard-working folks who want to build a better future for their families and communities and to bring forward innovative ideas for sustainability and prosperity in rural areas of Maine like ours.”
Harnish laid out three areas of critical focus for her campaign:
“Kathryn cares deeply about the communities in District 144, and I know that she will bring passion, commitment, and uncompromising focus on results to her work in Augusta,” said Ginette Rivard, Aroostook County Chair of the Maine Democratic Party. “I look forward to working with her on a dynamic and successful campaign.”
Harnish and her husband, Robert Lawless, own and operate Took a Leap Farm, where they raise Nigerian dwarf goats and produce artisan cheese in their statelicensed creamery. In addition, the candidate has served in several senior-level leadership roles in the library software industry in a career that has spanned 20+ years. In April 2020, she began the pursuit of her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of New England.
Maine House District 144 comprises the municipalities of Amity, bancroft, Benedicta Township, Cary, Glenwood, Haynesville, Hodgdon, Houlton, Macwahoc, Molunkus Township, Orient, Reed, Silver Ridge Township, South Aroostook, and Weston.