AUGUSTA — A former Maine Democratic Party chairman has been nominated for a U.S. State Department post.

President Barack Obama has nominated former Maine Democratic Chair Frederick “Rick” Barton to be assistant secretary for conflict and stabilization operations and coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization.

The state Democratic Party made the announcement today.

Barton was party chairman during the late 1980s. Since that time he’s been involved in conflict resolution matters. He currently serves as senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Barton previously held a post in the United Nations in New York.

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