Pat LaMarche is a business manager, journalist, educator, author, and broadcaster who has spent her adult life working to improve the lives of her fellow Mainers.
"We are losing WHOLE Industries not just businesses due to the unacceptable business and tax climate in Maine, and we are losing the ability to keep families healthy and well fed."
Whether it is finding kidneys for dying children, raising money for neighbors who cannot afford heating oil, or supporting the brave members of the Maine National Guard, she has lived up to her mother's credo: that every ounce of strength we have should be put to the use of those less fortunate.
Pat graduated from John Bapst High School in Bangor, where her father worked at the Eastern Maine Medical Center. She went on to get a bachelor's degree at Boston College and studied European History in the graduate program at the University of Amsterdam, but always returned home to Maine.
Pat with daughter Becky and son John enlarge
Pat receives a certificate of recognition from the Maine Army National Guard for her service to Central Maine
Pat's Certificate of Recognition from the National Guard enlarge
Pat has been recognized as an outstanding business manager in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As the director of Maine's largest children's charity, The Children's Miracle Network at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, she worked to secure needed services and equipment for ill and injured children throughout central and northern Maine.
Through her efforts, a program that had been rated near the bottom nationally became the most successful, and it became the only program in a city under one million residents (Bangor has approximately 40,000) to be recognized on the CMN's national telethon.
Pat has worked in both television and radio, and has taught Public Relations at Husson College's School of Communications. She served as the first and only female host at Portland's heritage talk radio station, WGAN, and is known in central Maine as Genny Judge, the pseudonym she adopted so that she could keep up her mother's tradition of community service after her mom passed away in 1998 (more about Genny Judge).
Pat has two children in college, Rebecca and John, and she is working with her dad, Dr. Paul LaMarche, to improve the quality of health care delivery in Maine (more about Paul LaMarche).
Pat views this campaign for Governor as a natural outgrowth of her service to the people of Maine. By helping the state to return to the Maine values of fiscal and social responsibility, Maine can once again be the great place to grow up that she fondly remembers.