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Matthea Daughtry, Photo Credit: Michele Stapleton © 2012

Photo Credit: Michele Stapleton © 2012

Dear Growing Up Julia Readers,

I have some big news that I wanted to share with you.

I’m running for Office! Today I announced that I am seeking the Democratic nomination for the Maine House District 66 seat in my hometown of Brunswick, Maine.

My passion for politics is almost as strong as my passion for food. As I said in my first political opinion piece, I thought I would limit this blog strictly to all matters food — and leave politics to my twitter feed and work. But I cannot keep them separate. Even my heroine and this blog’s namesake, Julia Child, was politically active.

I was impelled to run for a office for a number of reasons, including the incredible responses to my political postings on this blog. You may remember my “Dear Governor” post last year. That little rant, and the conversations that it sparked, have led me to become more engaged in the workings of our legislature. Over the past year I have learned so much about what is happening in Augusta, and how it effects our lives. It is time for me to run. I will continue to blog about food and hopefully you will continue to give me feedback.

I am looking forward to this adventure and am so proud to have all of you by my side.

You can find my full announcement at www.DirigoBlue.com: