Socialist Party of Maine

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Socialist Party of Maine
Senate leaderNone
House leaderNone
IdeologyDemocratic socialism, Socialist feminism
National affiliationSocialist Party of America (Formerly) Socialist Party USA (current)

The Socialist Party of Maine is a multi-tendency democratic socialist political party in the U.S. state of Maine. During its first incarnation in the early 20th century, prominent members included naturalist Norman Wallace Lermond of Warren and artist Charles L. Fox of Portland, both of whom ran for Governor as Socialist Party nominees.

In August 2016, Socialist Party USA members established a local in Southern Maine. In April of the next year, SPUSA established a second local in Maine, this one based in Eastern Maine.[1] In July 2017, the two locals held a convention and formed a statewide party.[2]

In the 2018 elections, the Maine Socialists nominated Maia Dendinger for Maine Senate in the fifth district. Dendinger drew 1,124 votes, or 7.5%. The winner of the race was incumbent Democrat James Dill.


  1. ^ Shepherd, Michael (April 21, 2017). "Would LePage's lower energy rate for businesses drive up your bill?". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  2. ^ Lowell, Jessica (July 16, 2017). "Democratic socialists in Maine see opening to make their case". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

Other reading[edit]

  • Lermond, Norman W., and Scott M. Martin. Autobiography of Norman Wallace Lermond, Maine's Naturalist-Socialist. Humboldt Field Research Institute, Steuben, Me, 2004.
  • Scontras, Charles A., and University of Maine. Bureau of Labor Education. The Socialist Alternative: Utopian Experiments and the Socialist Party of Maine, 1895-1914. The Bureau of Labor Education, University of Maine, Orono, Me, 1985.
  • Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine. Wight (Clement P.) Socialist Party of Maine Papers, 1896-1915. DigitalCommons@UMaine, 2015.