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The Forecaster, Tuesday, September 16, 2014
BRUNSWICK — Republican Jennifer Johnson and Green Independent Fred Horch are challenging veteran Democratic state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky for his seat in Senate District 24.
Gerzofsky has represented the area in Augusta for the past six years, and was a state representative from Brunswick for eight years before that.
The three candidates offer markedly different philosophies, legislative agendas, and perspectives on local issues, including economic development, marine resources, and the train layover facility proposed in Brunswick.
All three candidates are clean election-qualified in the race that will be decided Nov. 4.
The Times Record, November 2, 2012
It’s rare in any municipality to have the option of electing a viable third-party candidate. In Brunswick, two candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot present that possibility.
But voting for someone merely because they are not a party — so to speak — to all the gridlock and mudslinging in our legislatures doesn’t solve anything. A third-party candidate must also be a sane thinker with fresh ideas and experience if he or she is to change our bitter politics.
It’s an idea Mainers fully embrace. We seem poised to send our neighbor, former Gov. Angus King, to the U.S. Senate — not because he is unaligned, but because he represents a free-thinking politician not caught in the lock-step grind of partisanship. The fact that more Maine voters are unenrolled than belong to either major party further bolsters this view of Maine’s independent-minded electorate.
We believe Fred Horch fills the bill for Brunswick: a free-thinking, environmentally minded independent with legal training and small-business experience.
In 2010, in a three-way race against an incumbent Democrat and a Republican, he came only 200 votes short of election. With the candidates in this race chosen by caucus after defections, this open seat is well within his reach.
We encourage you to vote for him.
The Times Record, July 16, 2012
GOP picks Connors; Dems select Daughtry for 3-way legislative race that includes Horch
After a Green Independent Party caucus on July 8, a Republican Party caucus on Thursday and a Democratic Party caucus on Saturday, the ballot for House District 66 includes three new names.
The Times Record, July 9, 2012
Fred Horch, who mounted an unsuccessful bid to represent House District 66 in 2010, will be on the ballot again this year, again as the Green Independent Party’s standard bearer.
Local Green-Independents nominated Horch during a caucus on Sunday at Curtis Memorial Library.
Horch, who had joined his wife during a sabbatical trip to Japan, returned this summer to take the place of placeholder candidate David Frans, who secured the party a spot on the ballot. Frans withdrew from the race after the June 12 primary.
That change is the first of two for House District 66, which will see another late shuffle in party nominations this weekend when local Democrats caucus Saturday to nominate a replacement for incumbent Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx.
Capitol Ticker, July 9, 2012
Fred Horch, the Green Independent candidate who had a strong showing in the District 66 race for the state House of Represenatives in 2010, will be on the ballot again in November.
The Brunswick Municipal Committee of the Maine Green Independent Party on Saturday nominated Horch to replace David Frans.
“I’m looking forward to another chance to give voters in Brunswick’s District 66 a real choice for a better future,” Horch said in a press release. “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.”
The Times Record, July 2, 2012
Two-term House 66 representative ends re-election bid; party seeking new candidate
Nearly two months after becoming the subject of a temporary protection from abuse order and amid pressure from party leaders to drop a re-election bid, House District 66 Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx announced Friday that he will not seek re-election.
The Times Record, June 29, 2012
Local Greens slate July 8 caucus
Fred Horch, the 2010 Green Independent Party’s candidate for House District 66, representing Brunswick, formally announced plans this week to assume his party’s nomination.
Local Green Independent Party members will caucus July 8 at Curtis Memorial Library to pick a replacement for David Frans, who withdrew his candidacy after the Green Independent primary on June 12. A Brunswick Green Independent Committee and Merrymeeting Greens release announcing the caucus referred to Frans as a “placeholder candidate.”
In March, Horch first announced his intention to enter this year’s House District 66 race. At the time and during the period when legislative candidates could collect signatures for inclusion on the state ballot, Horch was in Japan with his family, while his wife worked there.
The Forecaster, March 28, 2012
Fred Horch, who was the Green Independent candidate in the 2010 election in state House District 66, is making another bid for the office this year.
Horch, a former Maine Street business owner who is on sabbatical in Japan with his family, announced his candidacy in a letter this week to The Forecaster.