Rep. Chellie Pingree will deliver the keynote address during LCDC’s biennial Frances Perkins Award Celebration on Sunday, May 1. Submitted photo

DAMARISCOTTA — Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat representing Maine’s 1st District, plans to deliver the keynote address at the Lincoln County Democratic Committee’s biennial Frances Perkins Award Celebration, honoring Barb Burt, on Sunday, May 1.

The online Zoom event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and offer a chance to come together and recognize Burt’s contributions to progressive politics in Maine and LCDC success over the past several election cycles, according to a news release from the association.

Burt served as director of online communications during Pingree’s successful 2008 congressional campaign. Prior to that she was the vice president and director of the election reform program at Common Cause, where Pingree was the national president and CEO for four years.

The congresswoman will share recollections of Burt’s impact on Maine politics and offer her thoughts on the current state of Congress. Pingree serves on the House Appropriations Committee and recently completed a fact-finding trip to Poland, Moldova and Romania for information on the state of refugees from Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Progressive Democratic advocate Betsy Sweet — host of Maine Challenge, a weekly examination of issues important to all Mainers seen on LCTV and on other stations across Maine — and Garret Martin, executive director for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, a former member of the Maine Challenge Productions board, will also give testimonials.

Burt recently acted as executive producer of Maine Challenge Productions and serves on its board.

Additional highlights of the evening will be testimonials by friends and associates from coast to coast, including Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall, Perkins’ grandson and 2018 recipient of the same award. The program will also feature a performance of original music by Boothbay Harbor’s John Schindler.

Friends and associates of Burt will have the chance to communicate personal messages and their best wishes through the purchase of online congratulatory advertisements that will be shared during the event. The ad program will be accessible during the reservation process.

Reservations for the event are open, and donations in honor of Burt, for those who are unable to attend, can be made at lincolncountydemocrats.com/fpa. Full details can be found at lincolncountydemocrats.com/award.

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