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Early Years

Carrie Jones was born in Manchester, NH on March 1, 1971. Her father, Lew Barnard, was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, where he grew up during the depression, watching his father and mother struggle to feed their family. He left school after fourth grade and eventually became a truck driver and volunteer firefighter.

Carrie’s mother, Betty Morse, grew up in Manchester. Her father’s family was originally from Maine. He was a jazz drummer. Betty’s mother was class valedictorian at Weare High School and became an office manager for a dental supply company. Her parents divorced and Betty and her two brothers, Richard and Ron, were raised by her mother, who also struggled through the 1930s and 1940s, trying to keep her family safe, warm and fed. She did a good job. Richard went on to Harvard Law School. He desegregated the fraternity system at UNH and was eventually the chairman of the university’s board. Ron became a state trooper and eventually worked for UPS. He’s now a security officer at Pinkerton Academy.

Carrie’s parents met at a dance in Bedford, N.H. They married and had two children. Debbie is a school secretary. Bruce is in upper-level management at UPS. Fourteen years after Bruce was born, Carrie arrived.

The School Years

Knowing that the values of social responsibility and service coupled with empathy that her Uncle Richard taught her were important, Carrie spent a large amount of time in high school and college pushing for positive change. She helped begin an Amnesty International chapter in her high school, worked on social causes relating to Central American Issues and worked on her first political campaign in 1980 when she was nine years old. She became very good at licking envelopes.

While at Bates College, she majored in political science. While there, she helped create a student-run Safewalks program. The program allowed pairs of students to walk other students back to their dorms or other buildings at night.  Carrie was the co-president of the Bates College Democrats and interned at the Androscoggin County District Attorney’s Office, primarily working with the victim-witness advocate and domestic abuse issues. She also organized and participated in a mock date-rape trial, which was witnessed in person by hundreds of people and seen on newscasts throughout New England.

Those experiences taught Carrie that for transformational change to happen, it has to happen on multiple levels. Local worry and concern has to be backed by changes in law and changes in politics.

After college Carrie moved to Trenton. She earned a Master’s in Fine Arts from Vermont College.

Career and Politics

Church Secretary. Dispatcher. Assistant Security Director. Sports Reporter. Gymnastics Instructor. Newspaper Editor. Town reporter. Novelist.

The diverse experiences of her family and of her career have intensified Carrie’s political journey. While an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor for the Ellsworth Weekly, and as a reporter for the Ellsworth American and Bar Harbor Times, she grew frustrated by the partisanship of people concerned with their own interests rather than the interests of the community. She believes that people can unite in times of trouble. The ice storm taught her that. The way people simply let others go first in high-traffic times on Bridge Hill also taught her that. But when it comes to politics… It sometimes feels like people fail to unite around the challenge of solving the problems for the people in their community. Instead, it feels like it’s all about political gain and careful calculation.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Carrie’s campaign committee is filled by Democrats, Republicans and Independents. As someone who has volunteered for the YMCA, Ellsworth School System, library and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Carrie’s learned that listening to everyone’s opinion is the key to making real transformations, the way to truly solve the big problems.

She’s spent time listening to people’s stories, commenting on them, sometimes reporting on them and making them her own. She’s been a church secretary who has watched people have to come ask for money for food, or diapers for their babies. She’s been a gymnastic instructor, watching four-year-old girls’ faces light up with joy as they make their first cartwheel. She understands the health issues that face the people of this community and the economic needs that have to be addressed in order to alleviate the tax burden that is crushing so many Hancock County citizens.

As an Ellsworth City Councilor, she worked with the School Committee on budget and building issues. She pushed the need for the Ellsworth Police Department to have a four-wheel drive vehicle. She actively worked with the Recreation Committee to increase the opportunities for recreation within the city. And she listened to the concerns, worries, triumphs and stories of the Ellsworth citizens she served.

It’s those stories that matter to Carrie. It’s those people that matter.  Whether it’s health care, education, the economy, or the environment, Carrie Jones will speak to the issues that shape the lives of people in Ellsworth, Otis and Trenton. She lives with her husband, Doug, and daughter, Emily in Ellsworth.

Carrie, 8-years-old

Carrie at Bates College

Carrie with husband, Doug

Carrie's daughter, Emily

Carrie's huge, white dog, Tala
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