East Boothbay Harbor — Tom Whitmore knew Maine was where he wanted to be when he first sailed his boat along its rocky coast.
“I told one of my deckhands I needed to move here,” Whitmore said. “And within two months, I began winding things down at my financial consulting business and left it all behind to come to Maine, to immediately begin changing it.”
Whitmore’s generous savings allowed him plenty of free time to join volunteer and local political groups to begin enacting the changes he wanted to see.
“I love Maine so much. It’s beautiful here. I consider this home, which is why I think it should be more like what I imagine an ideal community to be.”
Whitmore was frustrated by his busy schedule at his old job, but is unencumbered by such problems here in Maine.
“I have nothing but free time, free time I can dedicate to changing laws and zoning at a local level.”
Even though Whitmore has only lived here for a short amount of time, he thinks it’s important to preserve the idea of Maine he lives with forever.
“For me, progressivism means making sure nothing changes, and if it does, it’s only to move backwards to a simpler time I imagine once existed.”
Whitmore is already involved in local politics, but has his eyes set on the state level.
“This could never have happened back in my old state,” he said.
“I was too busy there, and no one took me seriously anyway.”
Whitmore is confident he can enact change. “I want to see this state live up to the potential I imagine it has.”