Longtime Democratic political activist Barbara “Barb” Burt will be honored by the Lincoln County Democratic Committee (LCDC) with the biennial Frances Perkins Award at a virtual celebration on Sunday, May 1, from 6:30-8 p.m.
“Barb’s brilliant leadership, careful cultivation of an enthusiastic volunteer base, and innovative strategies around person-to-person outreach during LCDC’s campaign efforts in 2018 and 2020 are what put Democrats above the races across our county,” Chris Johnson said. , President of LCDC. “We are thrilled to recognize Barb’s many significant contributions, bringing people together to advance the Democratic cause and in particular our successes over the past four years.”
The biennial award recognizes a Lincoln County Democrat whose actions exemplify the continuing legacy of Frances Perkins, the first woman in U.S. history to serve as a secretary in a president’s cabinet. Perkins’ parents were from Lincoln County and she spent her childhood summers on her grandmother’s farm in Newcastle. Appointed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Secretary of Labor Perkins was the New Deal’s leading advocate for Social Security, the 40-hour workweek, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, as well as laws regulating child labor. Lincoln County Democrats share its values rooted in the needs of working people.
“In my 32 years of living in Maine, I have been inspired by the tradition of women’s leadership here, from Secretary Perkins and Senator Margaret Chase Smith to the women who lead in Maine today, including U.S. Representative Pingree and Governor Mills,” Burt said. . “It has been an honor to work on their behalf and support the wonderful women who currently represent Lincoln County in the Maine Legislature: Holly Stover, Lydia Crafts and Chloe Maxmin. is awarded thanks to the dedication and passion for Democratic values of the hundreds of individuals who volunteer with Lincoln County Democrats, and this award truly belongs to all of them.
Burt’s name will be familiar to residents of Lincoln County – and to others in Maine and other states – in several contexts. Most recently, she worked as the executive producer of “Maine Challenge”, a bi-weekly 30-minute video show hosted by Betsy Sweet that illuminates issues and causes of concern to Maine residents and airs on TV channels. Maine community television.
She was the first executive director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle [not associated with LCDC’s Frances Perkins Award]. In this capacity, she worked closely with her Board of Directors to establish funding and develop a strategic vision that not only celebrates Perkins, but furthers its mission of social justice and economic security through programs and awareness. .
Burt also served as vice president and director of the electoral reform program for voter advocacy organization Common Cause and director of online communications for U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree’s successful 2008 campaign.
“We hope that the many people who have worked with and for this ‘Dem-Dynamo’ during the crucial 2020 election cycle will join us in some capacity for an evening that will be all about Barb – a person whose modesty is matched only by her creativity and organizational skills,” said Geoff Bates, LCDC Fundraising Manager. “We will have music, friends, Democratic leaders and hopefully some surprises at a Zoom event that will deliver well-deserved congratulations to a woman we all appreciate and respect.”
Friends and associates of Burt will have the chance to communicate personal messages and best wishes through the purchase of online congratulatory advertisements that will be shared at the event. The advertising program will be accessible during the booking process.
Reservations are now open and donations in honor of Burt, for those unable to attend the event, can be made at https://lincolncountydemocrats.com/fpa. Full details are available online at https://lincolncountydemocrats.com/award. Questions should be directed to Bates at 644-8776 or by email at [email protected]
Funds raised through this and other initiatives support LCDC’s work in Lincoln County. Its core mission is to organize volunteers and communicate with voters to support candidates who believe in the Democratic ideals and principles of government by, of and for everyone.