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Representative Kenneth Fredette, Former Senator Cynthia Dill, and Political Analyst Amy Fried wrap up ‘Politics Then and Now’ Series at USM

PORTLAND—Maine State Representative Kenneth Fredette, former Maine Senator Cynthia Dill, and University of Maine Professor Amy Fried will close the eight-part speaker series “Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation” with a panel discussion titled “Future Prospects.” The panel discussion will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, November 7, in the Lee Community Hall, Wishcamper Center, on the USM Portland campus.

Fredette, currently serving his second term in the Maine Legislature, is the Maine House Republican Leader. He holds degrees from the University of Maine School of Law, the USM Muskie School of Public Service, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Fredette also serves in the Air National Guard as a judge advocate general.

Dill served on the Cape Elizabeth Town Council before election to both the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate. She is an award-winning civil rights attorney who joined the Portland law firm of Troubh Heisler in 2013 as a trial lawyer. Dill holds degrees from the University of Vermont and from Northeastern University School of Law.

Fried is professor of political science at the University of Maine, where she has taught since 1997. Her most recent book, “Pathways to Polling,” analyzes the evolution of public opinion research. Fried writes a biweekly column for the Bangor Daily News on national and Maine politics and authors the BDN blog “Pollways.”

The “Future Prospects” panel discussion is the final installment in the “Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation” series, which has included such speakers as former Representative Tom Allen, former Senator George Mitchell, former Governor Ken Curtis, former Maine Senate President and House Speaker Elizabeth Mitchell, Senator Angus King, and former Maine Legislator Peter Mills.      

The series is hosted by the Muskie School of Public Service and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM. There is no charge for admission, and seating cannot be reserved.

Series sponsors include the Bangor Daily News, Bernstein Shur, Cutler Family Fund, Dead River Company, Drummond Woodsum, F.L. Putnam Investment Management Company, the Sun Journal, Maine Community Foundation, Mainebiz, Peter Mills, and Portland Press Herald & Maine Sunday Telegram.

For series details, visit the Muskie School of Public Service.

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