WATERVILLE — Democrat Dana Hernandez, 37, of Waterville, has announced that she is a candidate for state Senate District 25.

The district includes Albion, Benton, Clinton, Detroit, Pittsfield, Unity Township, Waterville and Winslow. Republican Tom Martin holds the seat.

Hernandez, a planning board member, was campaign manager for Mayor Karen Heck.

She said, if elected, “I will continue to stand up for our children and the most vulnerable in our communities and support legislation that will help Mainers get back on their feet in these hard times,” she said.

She is a recent graduate of Emerge Maine, a training program for Democratic women running for political office.

She is the coordinator for SPARK, or Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge, which is a movement designed to oppose sexualized images of girls, according to an announcement about her candidacy.

She was recently awarded the Grassroots Leadership award by the Environmental Health Strategy Center for her work on the Kid-Safe Products Act, which phases out toxins from children’s every day supplies in Maine.

She also founded the community group Mainely Moms & Dads in 2007.

She and her husband have two children.


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