“I am not a politician. I am a business man who has served his community as Mayor. I ran for Governor because I believe People must come before Politics – even in Augusta! Maine Voters Agreed. People before Politics! We talked about the need for more good jobs in Maine and how the private sector should have every opportunity to grow their businesses, expand the tax base and put people back to work. Maine Voters Agreed. People before Politics! We talked about changing welfare in Maine so we can help move people from dependency to dignity. And we talked about the need to get our energy prices, health care costs and regulatory burden under control. Maine Voters Agreed. People before Politics!”

Paul LePage victory speech November 2010

Maine People Before Politics is a non-profit, membership based organization focused on improving Maine’s future by stepping out and away from the special interests.

Our goal is to advance policies that benefit all of the people of Maine. We want to create an environment for job growth which will fuel Maine’s economy.

Working together as a united grassroots force we will give the people of Maine a voice beyond the narrow special interests that have long dominated the offices and halls around and in Maine’s State Capitol.

We welcome contributions – in time, energy, ideas and resources – to help accomplish these goals. Those who financially contribute any amount or volunteer time will be considered members as we work toward our common goals.

The Augusta special interests have had it their way – it is time for a new way. It is time to put Maine People Before Politics.

Meet our Board of Directors:

  • Charles Gaunce, President

    Charles R. Gaunce is the President of the MPBP Board of Directors.

    Charles R. Gaunce, president and owner of Central Maine Motors Auto Group, Waterville, Maine, represents that state’s franchised new-car dealers on the association’s board of directors. He is a well known, successful, job creating businessman in central Maine.

    A dealer since 1962, Gaunce currently serves on NADA’s Dealership Operations and Public Affairs committees. Gaunce is also director of the Maine Auto Dealers Association. Previously, he served as the state association’s chairperson. He has also served as a trustee on MADA’s Workers Compensation Board since 1997.

    Active in his community, Gaunce is a trustee on the Inland Hospital Board, and has previously served as chairperson. He has been very active in the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, having served as chairperson, director and on its executive committee. He serves as vice president of the Kennebec Regional Development Authority, and has held various offices with the Waterville Rotary Club.

    Gaunce has received several awards for his service to the automobile industry and his community. He is a Toyota Presidents Award dealer and a former Pontiac Master dealer. In 1999 and 2001, Gaunce received distinguished service awards for improvement of his community. In 1994, he was named Business Person of the Year. In 2004, he received the Elias A. Joseph Award in recognition of his volunteer service to the Chamber of Commerce.

    Gaunce lives in Waterville with his wife, Nancy. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

  • William Logan, Treasurer

    William Logan is a native of Augusta and an attorney with the law firm Irwin, Tardy & Morris. His focus is litigation and real estate matters.

    He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1997 cum laude and the University of Maine School of Law in 2004 cum laude.

    He has been active in his local community and in political affairs standing up for policies supporting economic growth in Maine.

  • Richard Trott, Secretary

    Dick Trott is the owner of Trott Real Estate and has been brokering real estate since 1972. Dick has been one of the most successful businessmen in the Bangor area and in northern Maine. Dick is also the owner of Trott Forest Products, timberland management and owner and developer of recreational and residential property.

    In addition, Dick is President and Owner of Bomarc Industrial Park, Inc. and partner, Vice President and Treasurer of Black River, LLC, an owner of commercial timberlands.

    A strong believer in civic responsibility, Dick is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Husson University and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Bangor Dyslexic Center as well as serving as the Chairman of the Fundraising Committee. Dick also serves as the Vice President of the Bangor Masonic Foundation.

    Dick is a recipient of the Husson Sports Hall of Fame and Outstanding Alumni Award. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and formerly served on the Brewer P.A.L. Board of Directors and coached youth basketball for 17 years.

  • Wenonah Wirick

    Wenonah Wirick serves on the board of directors of Maine People Before Politics.

    WENONAH M. WIRICK, ESQ., graduated Cum Laude from University of Maine School of Law in 2004. She previously graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Southern New Hampshire University in 1992. She was Valedictorian at both Casco Bay College and Carrabic High School.

    Prior to joining the Conley firm, Ms. Wirick gained experience as a Paralegal, while working for several years at a large firm of trial attorneys in Portland. She began her employment with Attorney Conley in 1990 as a paralegal, and was employed as the firm’s Law Clerk through law school.

    Ms. Wirick is a member of the Maine State and American Bar Associations, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Attorney Wirick has two sons, and her interests include skiing and traveling.

Executive Director:  Lauren LePage