AUGUSTA – As a successful businesswoman,
Senator Stacey Guerin has a keen eye for policies that will help, or hurt, Maine’s
small businesses. As a Republican leader of the Maine Legislature’s Labor and
Housing Committee, Senator Guerin recently negotiated complex legislation such
as paid sick leave and changes in Maine’s workers’ compensation system.
“Throughout her legislative career,
Senator Guerin is a voice of reason who works with members of both parties. She
was a critical voice earlier in her career to help restore the tip credit for
restaurant workers,” said a statement from the Retail Association of Maine. “Senator
Guerin often shares her perspective of running a small business and relaying
the impacts of potential legislation on how it will impact small business.”
The award, given by the Retail Association
of Maine was named the Jim McGregor Government Service Award after its retired director of government affairs, Mr. Jim
McGregor, in 2010. Jim’s decades of hard work in the public policy arena paved
the way for setting the standard for an award that recognizes an individual who
goes above and beyond in support of Maine’s retail community, says the group.
“It has been an
incredible honor to represent the people of Penobscot County in the Maine
Senate. To make our state strong, we must support our business community –
especially our small, local businesses,” said Senator Guerin. “I am honored to
receive this award, and proud of the work we have accomplished for small
rightfully deserves recognition for fighting for Maine’s small businesses and
her willingness to reach a reasonable middle ground on difficult issues,” said
Curtis Picard, President and CEO of the Retail Association of Maine.
Past recipients of the award
include State Senator Rod Whittemore (2018), Representative Marty Grohman
(2017), State Senator Amy Volk (2016), Senate President Mike Thibodeau (2015),
Dr. Kenneth McCall of the University of New England (2014), U.S. Senator Susan
Collins (2013) and Attorney General Janet Mills (2006).
Senator Guerin and her husband own R.M. Flagg, a restaurant supply company in Bangor, Maine. She is serving her first term in the Maine State Senate. Senator Guerin represents the people of Carmel, Corinna, Corinth, Dixmont, Etna, Exeter, Glenburn, Hampden, Hudson, Kenduskeag, Levant, Newburgh, Newport, Plymouth and Stetson.