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Hon. Carol Weston Named State Director of Americans for Prosperity

February 03, 2011 J

AUGUSTA – Americans for Prosperity-Maine has found a new State Director in former State Senator Carol Weston. Weston, who served a total of six terms in the Maine Legislature, was chosen after AFP-Maine’s previous State Director, Trevor Bragdon, took a position in the office of the Maine Speaker of the House.

Americans for Prosperity is a national organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels. The grassroots activists of AFP advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint. Including Maine, AFP currently has 32 state chapters.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join AFP and to work with free market activists across Maine to advance our shared values of lower taxes, limited government and individual liberty,” Weston said. “These are the values I have championed throughout my time in the Legislature, and I look forward to continue advocating for the reforms to make Maine and the nation more prosperous.”

Prior to joining AFP, Weston worked closely with the Maine chapter on a variety of issues. Throughout the summer and fall, she worked with AFP, as well as the Maine Heritage Policy Center, to train more than 600 Mainers on how to become effective grassroots activists. She also took part in AFP’s Spending Revolt Bus Tour in the fall, and partnered with the organization on a series of events to raise awareness about the impact of higher energy costs in Maine.

“Carol is a great addition to the AFP team, and we are lucky to have her on board,” said AFP President Tim Phillips. “She has a proven record of conservatism, a keen ability to explain complex public policy issues, a network that extends across the nation, and she has the respect of the grassroots conservative movement in Maine. We are all excited to see what great things Carol and her team in Maine will accomplish.”

In addition to raising awareness about AFP throughout the state, Weston has already launched plans to recruit a grassroots leader in every legislative district to help recruit more citizens to the movement and hold Maine legislators accountable while in Augusta. She also plans to hold Statehouse training sessions, where participants will learn how to influence public policy from under the Statehouse dome.

“I take the new position very seriously because the challenges facing Maine people are significant,” Weston said. “My highest priority as State Director will be to give freedom-loving Mainers the skills and tools they need to effectively engage their government and advance a pro-growth, pro-liberty agenda. We want to make sure elected officials hear from us, the people, not just bureaucrats and lobbyists.”

CONTACT:

Carol Weston, State Director
207.592.8835, cweston@afphq.org

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