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Hi, I'm Les Fossel

photo of Les Fossel, by a cattle gate.

Who am I?

I graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology. My wife and I live in an 1815 Alna Cape with 3 barns (with 90' of solar panels and heat pumps!), a greenhouse, and 39 acres with a very large garden, orchard, pasture, and a hay field. Between us, we have 4 children and 5 grandchildren

A Career Of Service

Business Owner
Restoration Resources, Maine’s premier historic house restoration company, was founded in 1975 with 15 employees (148 years of combined experience) and $1.7 million in annual sales.


2017 Maine Preservation “Honor Award for Elijah Kellogg Church”
2010 Burnt Island Lighthouse, Southport
2008 “Long term commitment to providing broad-ranging preservation education”
2007 Maine Preservation for “Outstanding contribution as Vice President”
2001 “Excellence in restoration carpentry and the building preservation trades”


Beginning at the University of Southern Maine, I've taught over 2,000 Realtors. I regularly lecture to local, state, and national groups. I was in the Rho class of Leadership Maine. Currently, I am teaching a Preservation Carpentry course at Kennebec Valley Community College. I created Maine Preservation's summer internship program for master's degree students. I have taught field courses for over 1,000 owners of old houses and barns since 1990.

Current community service

LincolnHealth: Board, Performance Improvement, Governance Comms. (Consumer’s Report: America’s safest hospital)
Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad: Treasurer (a founder). 2' Narrow Gauge Railroad
Maine AllCare: Executive Committee. Promotes universal affordable health care
Lincoln County Dental: Board. Serves low-income dental patients
Saint Andrews Village: Treasurer. Boothbay Harbor Retirement Community
Eldercare Network of Lincoln County: Chairman. Serves low-income elderly
Maine Preservation: Advisory Board (past vice-chair)

Past Legislative Service

Moderate Caucus Republican Chair Largest caucus in the 115th Maine Legislature
Judiciary Compromise legislation on takings of land by government
Government Oversight Reformed of the Maine Turnpike Authority
Insurance & Financial Services Created the Joint Select Committee on Healthcare Reform
Health & Human Services Authored the Electronic Health Records law
Congressional Reapportionment Authored the law

What do I want to accomplish?

My Priorities For Maine

Lower Healthcare Costs

Living Wages

Affordable Childcare

Expanded Broadband Internet

Address Rising Energy Costs

Affordable Pre-K through College
Preserving our Freedom & Right to Privacy

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