Jean Hay, a divorced mother of two grown children, came to Maine in 1972 to homestead on land bought from Helen and Scott Nearing. A writer, activist, and organic grower for more than 25 years, Jean has served as Hancock County bureau chief for the Bangor Daily News in the early 1980s, before opening Hay's Farm Stand in Blue Hill.
Jean, who now lives in Bangor, ran for Congress in 1994 and the U.S. Senate in 1996.
Jean has written a book entitled "Proud to be A Card-Carrying, Flag-Waving, Patriotic, American Liberal." Agnes Bushnell reviewed the book and called it "a rollicking good read," and also said it "has to be the most courageous book ever written by a Maine political candidate." It contains comentary relating to the US Flag.
The book itself, and several of its chapters, won awards in the Maine Media Women's contest last spring. Jean's 1996 Convention speech won first place in that category, an op-ed column and a series of three columns won two second-place awards, and the book itself won third place in its field.
Unlike last fall, when it could only be had for a donation to Jean's campaign debt, the book is now available through libraries and bookstores, ISBN 0-9657759-0-9. If you cannot find the book at your local bookstore, send $15, plus $2 shipping to: Jean Hay, 151 Court St, Bangor ME 04401. You can call Jean at (207) 990-2701, FAX her at (207) 942-5398, or email her at email@example.com for more information.
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