Alex Newell Taylor
A lifelong summer resident, Alex made the permanent move to Maine in 2019. After a career in education and non-profit management, Alex turned her attention to the political landscape after the election of 2016. She was a founding member of Women’s March Florida, and served as the Vice President of the state Executive Board.
In 2018, Alex was the Deputy Director of Voter Engagement for the Second Chances Florida/Amendment 4 campaign, which successfully passed with 64.5% approval. Amendment 4 restored voting rights to 1.4 million people with previous felony convictions- the largest increase in US voting access since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Prior to qualifying for the ballot, the campaign collected over 1.1 million petition signatures.
Currently, Alex works as a distributed organizer for a national union, with a focus on healthcare justice. She is also the Executive Director of Summer Festival of the Arts, an arts education nonprofit serving the MDI area.
Alex is a graduate of the New Leaders Council and a magna cum laude graduate of Emory University. She lives in Southwest Harbor with her toddler, husband, and dog.
Lisa Savage was born in Bangor in 1956 and recently retired from teaching in Maine public schools for 25 years. There she witnessed the catastrophic effects on K-12 education for students whose families lack adequate healthcare. As a small business owner in Skowhegan prior to becoming an educator, she experienced first hand the financial challenge of providing health insurance for her own family and for employees. She is a vigorous advocate for universal health care and housing as human rights, and a Green New Deal to create jobs addressing climate justice.
As a founding member of the Maine Natural Guard she has worked for years to help people connect the dots between the health crisis of climate change and the Pentagon’s immense carbon footprint. She has twice been the recipient of Peace Action Maine’s annual peacemaker award, and as an ally of Maine-Wabanaki REACH she participated in the successful campaign to prohibit Native-themed school mascots. A published author, she blogs at Went 2 the Bridge.