Monthly Archives: July 2012

Meeting Voters

We had a great time this morning and yesterday being out and about in downtown Brunswick to meet voters and collect $5 qualifying contributions.

Our campaign will have a table at the downtown Brunswick farmers’ market on Tuesdays and Fridays from now until election day in November. Come down and see us!

As a clean elections candidate, I have pledged not to accept any corporate or outside funding to cover my campaign expenses. But I have just a few weeks to qualify for public funding.

So we’re out knocking on doors, meeting people, and asking for your support. But more importantly, we’re out meeting people and finding out what’s important to you.

If you live in District 66, I look forward to knocking on your door and listening to your concerns.

See you on the campaign trail!

-Fred

Welcoming Mr. Connors and Ms. Daughtry to the Race

Today the Times Record reported that at caucuses last week the Republican party chose Grant Connors and the Democratic party chose Matthea “Mattie” Daughtry to be their replacement candidates.

I would like to welcome both of them to the race for Maine House District 66.

Speaking from experience, it takes a lot of time and commitment to participate in our democracy as a candidate for state office. So I thank them for being willing to put themselves and their families through the experience.

I have extended an offer to Ms. Daughtry to participate in a series of issue forums this fall, and she has agreed.  I look forward to making the same offer to Mr. Connors, now that I know he is the Republican candidate, and hope he will agree to join us.  As we did in the last election, my campaign team intends to use some of our clean elections funding to host the forums.

But first, we need to qualify for public support. If you are a registered voter who lives on the north side of Brunswick, please consider making a $5 contribution for a clean election!

Why I’m Running to Represent District 66

Today the Times Record published my commentary explaining why I’m running for office.

Here is the full text:

Why I’m running to represent District 66
BY FRED HORCH
I’m writing to introduce myself to Brunswick voters in District 66. I am Fred Horch, your Green Independent candidate for state representative. You may remember me from the close election in 2010. I’m looking forward to another chance to earn your support.

My family and I love Brunswick and all it offers. After successfully selling F.W. Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies, our store on Maine Street, I am planning my next business endeavor to be headquartered here in Brunswick.

My wife is a professor at Bowdoin College. Our children attend public school. We shop at local businesses, visit our wonderful public library, ice skate on the downtown rink and bicycle all around town.

Being a husband, father, home owner, landlord and business owner, I seek to carry on the Maine tradition of becoming a citizen legislator with a full life outside of politics.

I’m running to go to work for you in Augusta. We face great challenges on the path to a sustainable future for Brunswick and Maine; our current political, economic and fiscal systems are not working well for most people.

Our top priority should be to come together across political divides to figure out how to take better care of each other and of our environment, which sustains us all. With better policies we can grow a strong, secure and sustainable economy that provides more health and wealth for everyone.

I have been actively involved in the public life of our town, as a board member of the Northwest Brunswick Neighborhood Association, as the founder of the Brunswick Sustainability Group, and as a volunteer with local organizations. For many years, I served our community through my small store on Maine Street, providing practical products for sustainable living and inviting local experts to give free workshops about everything from backyard composting to rooftop solar panels.

Through my store and my volunteer service, I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of meeting thousands of people from all walks of life in Brunswick. Almost every day, I was asked to support a local school, community group or town committee with my time, expertise or financial contribution. Because I respect the dedication behind every request, I did my best to stretch my limited resources to give back to our community.

But I realize there is only so much each of us can do as private citizens. Our representatives in government must make better decisions, too.

As a citizen who cares deeply about the future of our town and state, I will bring genuine enthusiasm to bridge partisan divides. As a business owner and former attorney, I will bring practical experience to reach real solutions. My loyalty and commitment is to the people who call Brunswick home. You can count on me to seek out your views, keep you informed of what’s going on in Augusta and advocate for your priorities.

I believe in the wisdom of a citizen legislature. We strengthen our political system by electing people with life experience beyond politics who bring informed and diverse perspectives to the law-making process.

I am proud to run as a Green Independent to give you a better choice based on shared values, commitment to our community and integrity. Working together, we can choose a better future for ourselves and our posterity. People often ask me why I haven’t joined the Democratic or Republican parties. The answer is that I have always been a political independent who believes in the green values of democracy, peace, justice and respect for future generations — values that I know are widely shared by people of all political parties.

While I understand the desire of the two major parties to gain or retain majority control of the Maine House, I believe it is in our best long-term interest as Maine voters to encourage a diversity of political thought and leadership. Furthermore, in a Legislature that is likely to be closely divided, I believe Brunswick will be best served by a representative who can be the swing vote on important issues and an honest broker between the major parties on contentious causes.

I also believe in making informed choices at the ballot box. For this reason, my campaign will once again offer to organize a series of forums on Maine’s future. I invite you and the other candidates to join me to discuss issues vital to our future quality of life.

As the election season progresses, you’ll find an announcement of each community forum in this newspaper and on my campaign website, http://www.FredHorch.com.

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Green or unenrolled, I look forward to meeting you, hearing your concerns, and learning how I can best serve you as your representative to the Maine Legislature.

FRED HORCH of Brunswick is the Green Independent candidate for District 66 in the Maine House of Representatives.

Accepting Clean Elections Contributions

I am running as a clean elections candidate. Please help me qualify for public funding by making a $5 contribution in my name to Maine’s Clean Election Fund.

It’s easy and can be done online with a credit card.

If you are a registered voter in Brunswick, Maine, here’s how you can help:

  1. Go to www.maine.gov/cleanelections
  2. Click on the yellow CONTRIBUTE button
  3. Enter your residential address then click Continue.
  4. Enter your name as it appears on the voting roll, then click Continue.
  5. If you live in Maine House District 66, you will see “K. Frederick Horch, Green Independent” under House District 66 Candidates. Check the box next to my name.
  6. You should see “5.00” in the Amount box. If so, you can skip this step. Otherwise, if the Amount box is blank, type “5.00”.
  7. If you want to contribute more money to the Maine Clean Elections Fund, you can add more to your contribution in the section called “Would you like to make an additional donation to support the Maine Clean Election Fund? (Optional).” You can leave this additional donation section blank if you want, or you can add more money to your $5 contribution.
  8. Once you’ve made sure you checked the box next to my name under “House District 66 Candidates”, click Continue.
  9. Read the acknowledgement and click on the box next to “I agree” then click the “Continue to Payment” button.
  10. Enter your credit card and billing information then click “Submit Payment.”
  11. Send me an email to let me know you made a contribution on my behalf.

The sooner we qualify for clean elections, the sooner we can get our campaign underway in earnest.

Unfortunately, only registered voters who live in District 66 in Brunswick, Maine, can support me with qualifying contributions. If you live outside of Brunswick’s District 66 you can still donate to the Maine Clean Election Fund, but it doesn’t help me qualify for public funding.

If you can support me in this way, thank you very much!

Waiting for Republicans and Democrats to Pick Their Candidates

Both the Democract and the Republican have dropped out of the race in Maine House District 66.

According to the Times Record (“Brunswick GOP must fill 2 slots“), the Republicans are caucusing tomorrow, Thursday, July 12, but don’t yet know who will seek the nomination to be their replacement candidate.

The Democrats will caucus on Saturday. Mattie Daughtry is the only person who has announced any interest in seeking the nomination to be their replacement candidate.

This will be an interesting race!

Accepted Green Nomination

Thank you Green Independent voters of Brunswick’s District 66!

This morning at our caucus, the Greens of District 66 unanimously voted to nominate me as the replacement candidate for representative to the Maine legislature. Tomorrow I’ll file the paperwork as a candidate seeking to participate in the clean elections system.

It feels good to get the campaign underway.

Here is the press release being issued by the committee today:

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For Immediate Release

Contact:
David Frans
Brunswick Municipal Chair
Maine Green Independent Party

Fred Horch Accepts District 66 Green Nomination

BRUNSWICK (Sunday, July 8, 2012) – The Brunswick Municipal Committee of the Maine Green Independent Party is pleased to announce that K. Frederick (“Fred”) Horch has accepted the party’s nomination for District 66 Representative to the Legislature.

“I’m looking forward to another chance to give voters in Brunswick’s District 66 a real choice for a better future,” said Fred Horch. “My campaign will be about bringing people together across political divides to figure out how we can take better care of each other and of our environment which sustains us all. With better policies we can grow a strong, secure and sustainable economy that provides more health and wealth for everyone.”

After winning the Green Independent primary in June, David Frans announced that he was withdrawing from the race. The Green Independent caucus to select a replacement candidate took place on Sunday, July 8, at Curtis Memorial Library.

“I believe we have just nominated the finest possible candidate for State Legislature that the town of Brunswick has to offer. I have no doubt that, when elected, Fred’s every political decision will be based solely on what’s best for the citizens of Brunswick and the State of Maine. Is it time yet for a fresh perspective in Augusta? Do you tire of the short-sighted decision making and self-serving motivations? If so, I urge you to spend a little time getting to know Fred Horch this fall,” said Frans, chair of the committee which selected Horch to replace him on the ballot.

The Maine Green Independent Party is one of three political parties with ballot access in Maine. It was founded in January 1984 in Augusta, Maine, achieving ballot access on December 21, 1998, after having received 6.6% of the vote in the 1998 gubernatorial election. With more than 30,000 Green Independent voters, today Maine has the highest percentage of registered Greens in the United States.  More information about the Green Independent party is available online at www.MaineGreens.org.

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Seeking Green Nomination

As reported in the local papers, I am seeking the Green nomination for Brunswick District 66 representative to the Maine legislature. I believe we need to reach across partisan divides to figure out how to take better care of each other and of our environment which sustains us all.

After coming in a close second in 2010, I’m looking forward to another chance to give voters in Brunswick’s District 66 a real choice for a better future. If I receive the Green nomination, my campaign will be about changing politics and policies so we can grow a strong, secure and sustainable economy that provides more health and wealth for everyone.

The Green’s Brunswick municipal committee nominating caucus will take place on Sunday, July 8, starting at 11 am at Curtis Memorial Library.

I look forward to seeing you there!

-Fred