About Ed Crockett
I was born, the youngest of eight children, in Portland and raised on Kellogg Street at the top of Munjoy Hill. After graduating from Portland High School in 1979, I attended the University of Maine at Orono (UMO) and double majored in Journalism & Broadcasting. During my time at UMO, I worked as Sports Editor of the Maine Campus, and Sports Director for WMEB-FM.
While still a senior at UMO I was encouraged to audition for the weekend anchor position at WABI-TV in Bangor, ME. I got the job and spent my senior year weekend nights doing news, sports and weather for Channel 5. This opportunity led to my first full-time position as News Assignment Editor at WABI-TV upon graduation.
Now, by far the greatest thing about UMO was meeting my future wife, Martha, a fellow Portlander while there. Clearly going to my state university was the best decision I ever made.
Although I enjoyed being on air and in the newsroom, I was more intrigued by the business side of television. So, I decided to hang up the microphone and enrolled in the Boston College MBA program. My first year at BC coincided with Doug Flutie’s senior season. Being the sports nut that I am, it was the best of everything. Flutie won the Heisman and BC was ranked in the top five. The next year the BC basketball team made the Elite Eight for the first and only time. The Patriots played the Bears in the Super Bowl, the Red Sox played the Mets in the World Series, and the Celtics won the NBA title. It was a great time to be in Beantown. Oh yes, I did go to class too, and was named to the Jesuit National Honor Society. I had fun, learned a ton and found my passion, a career in sales/marketing management.
Before embarking upon our careers, and shortly after graduating, Martha and I got married in Portland. We spent our first few years moving around the country, living in Beverly, MA, Houston, TX, and Hawthorne, NJ. Although we were fortunate to live in and visit new places, our heart ached to come home. In the summer of 1990. I accepted the position of Director of Marketing with Lepage Bakeries in Auburn, ME, and built our home in the North Deering neighborhood that fall. Twenty-eight years later we are still there. We stayed because it was the ideal place to raise our family. Our three children grew up here and thrived while attending Portland Public Schools. Martha has been an Education Technician at Lyseth Elementary for 16 years. We love Greater Portland, and now that I’m able to give back, I’m excited to serve my neighbors in the legislature.
I’ve had a wonderful and dynamic career, leading initiatives for iconic Maine brands like Country Kitchen, Hannaford, Oakhurst Dairy, and Capt’n Eli’s Soda. I’ve negotiated hundreds of proposals, encompassing millions of dollars and resources, to find the best solutions. I believe in win-win, and I can facilitate similar success for our great state. However, success doesn’t come easy.
My life has been blessed. As a child, my mother had health issues which limited her employment opportunities, and my father was a skid row alcoholic (I did not formally meet him until my early twenties). My family was in deep poverty and were “products of the state” (a commonly referred to term for welfare in those days), dependent on social services to survive. Although my mother had little financial or material means, she encouraged us to get an education, believing it was the most plausible path to a brighter future. My Mom is my hero. I had great role models, from my Mom to her parents, and all seven of my older siblings.
I’m excited to be a strong voice for Bipartisanship. Without it, the opportunities to make a positive difference on critical initiatives like education, health care, and fiscal responsibility will not be realized. Partisan anything, never mind politics, doesn’t result in the best of anything. It’s not about blue or red, it’s about what is best for most of our constituents, and not the next election. Partisanship stymies compromise. If we aren’t open to compromise, the status quo remains, and we don’t move forward.
We need leaders to be thoughtful, respectful, and disciplined. We need to listen to all ideas, decide what will work best, and act confidently. In business we always have contingency plans. If something isn’t working, we change it. I’ve been told the process is much slower in politics. I don’t think it has to be. But, that is why partisanship must be put aside. Due to the nature of the legislature it’s critical we get it “as right as possible the first time” or wait years to fix it. That is unacceptable.
I look forward to making a positive difference in Augusta.