Nicole Grohoski
Candidate for Maine State House District 132
Representing Ellsworth and Trenton
“We're all in this together.”

About Nicole

I grew up in Ellsworth and have made my home here as an adult. I am grounded here, but I have always also defined myself as an explorer: planning bike treks across the United States and Europe, becoming the first female to thru-paddle the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail (in the company of my friend and fellow Ellsworthian Tom Perkins), and solo-backpacking the 100 Mile Wilderness. Born in the wrong century to have "explorer" as a job title, I settled on being a modern day digital cartographer, mapping trails in Ellsworth, Trenton, and just about everywhere else in Maine.

Although my cartography career allows me to work remotely from anywhere in the world, I choose to live in my hometown to make a difference in the place I love most. The rapids on the Union River, the running trails at the Black House, the vibrant downtown that appeals to young and old alike -- these all make this place home. So I bought a house right here on the Bangor Road, and I volunteer with the Ellsworth Green Plan to help shape the future of our community.

I am honored by the opportunity to represent you at the Maine State House. Through hard work, determination, creativity, and patience, I will be a voice for our communities in Augusta, listening to your concerns and advocating for positive change that will affect us here at home. My endurance for strenuous outdoor activities, experience as a volunteer, and understanding of the people and landscapes of Maine have taught me many lessons about myself, working with others, and what it takes to succeed. Let’s make Maine a prosperous and healthy place for people of all ages and backgrounds -- We’re all in this together.

Biographical Highlights

• Wilderness First Responder

• Volunteer Firefighter

• Daughter of Jackie Grohoski, school nurse, and Ed Grohoski, electrician and Vietnam Veteran

• Ran cross-country with Rep. Louie Luchini

• Knocked on more doors in August than any other Democrat running for Maine House

• Aided in disaster response mapping in Haiti

• Northern Forest Canoe Trail Board Secretary

• Maine Master Naturalist

• Co-author of two books

• Volunteer trail maintainer

• Whitewater Nationals Canoe Champion

• Middlebury College Graduate (Chemistry, Environmental Studies)

• Can dance, draw, and play the violin (not at the same time!)

• Homebrewer (beer, wine, kombucha)

• Ate 16 cake donuts to win college record

Affordable Healthcare

Affordable healthcare for all Mainers will not only help us live longer and happier lives, it will improve our economy by adding good-paying jobs and protecting our rural hospitals. The state must expand Medicaid, as approved by 59% of voters in 2017.

Opiate Abuse

Access to healthcare is the first step. We must also implement evidence-based solutions, such as: limited prescriptions, medication-assisted and community-based treatments, expanded detox locations, and easily available Narcan.


Our people are our greatest resource, but a healthy environment sustains its people. We can save money while protecting our natural resources, through waste reduction and renewable energy. Our tourism economy is based on a healthy Maine.


We must support small business investment in Maine, connect to the world with broadband internet, and repair roads and bridges. The state must fully fund education for our Maine youth, including career and technical programs.

Protecting Children

Children should not live in fear. We must prioritize child protection services to better help children at risk of violence. We can feed all Maine children by increasing access to SNAP and applying for USDA funding to support rural families.

Respectful Representation

Democracy is defined by the principle of majority rule. Our representatives must respect Maine voters when we pass a referendum question. State government must also be more transparent by providing a more user-friendly website.

Issues... in more detail

On October 22, the League of Women Voters and other community sponsors hosted a forum for the public to hear from candidates for the Maine State House to represent Ellsworth and Trenton (as well as State Senate candidates). We were given the opportunity to introduce ourselves and answer three questions that we knew of in advance as well as audience questions. The headline topics were the economy, energy, and healthcare. If you missed the forum, you can read the Ellsworth American coverage here. Please feel free to read my prepared forum responses here.

The Ellsworth American also produced as special "Ballot Box 2018" section in the October 18th edition. Here is a photo of my section.

The Bangor Daily News surveyed all candidates for the Maine House of Representatives with the same eight questions. You can read our responses here. If you're having trouble loading the site, I've excerpted the responses here.


Louie Luchini, State Representative and Ellsworth Resident

Nicole is from Ellsworth, she understands this area and she cares deeply about the future and the people of her community, District 132, and the state of Maine. I know her to be very intelligent, creative and most of all, an incredibly hard worker.

Gary Fortier, Ellsworth City Councilor and Resident

It doesn’t matter to me whether Nicole is an R or a D or an I...She is passionate about our community and our environment and I support her as a candidate.

Dennis Damon, Former State Senator and Trenton Resident

Nicole has energy, commitment, intellect and a positive 'can do' attitude. There is no challenge too great for her to tackle. And there is no problem too small for her to ignore. "Can't" is not part of Nicole's vocabulary.

Maine Conservation Voters

Maine's extraordinary environment is the foundation of our good health, good jobs, and quality of life. We appreciate Nicole's steadfast vision to conserve our natural legacy for future generations.

Equality Maine

EqualityMaine is proud to endorse Nicole Grohoski's election to the Maine State House. We work closely with elected officials to ensure that all Mainers, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, have equal protections and opportunities.

Pamela Perkins, Former Ellsworth City Councilor

Nicole Grohoski is a tenacious problem solver who has my full support in her run for State House District 132. Ellsworth needs Nicole’s voice in Augusta.

Antonio Blasi, Hancock County Commissioner

As County Commissioner, I anticipate Nicole's advocacy for my Trenton constituents in the areas of fiscal conservatism, full school funding, healthcare, Medicaid expansion, No Discharge Area, improved solid waste landfilling and recycling, and public safety through funding of the new airport entrance at the Route 230 traffic light.

Letters to the Editor

"A quality candidate." Ted Koffman. Ellsworth American and MDI Islander, 8/3/18.

"Support for Grohoski." Nancy Patterson. MDI Islander, 8/31/18 and Ellsworth American, 9/28/18, "Grohoski has the right stuff for Augusta."

"Sound Mind, Sound Body, Sound Candidate." Mary Doherty. Ellsworth American, 9/14/18, and MDI Islander, 9/14/18, "A frugal politician."

"Fresh Face Makes Good Impression." Bob Pepler. Ellsworth American, 9/14/18.

"Grohoski Support." Starr Gilmartin. MDI Islander, 9/14/18, and Ellsworth American, 9/21/18, "Grohoski about solutions, not complaints."

"Grohoski a Tenacious Candidate." Pamela Perkins. Ellsworth American, 10/5/18.

"Grohoski cares." Dennis Damon. MDI Islander, 10/11/18, and Ellsworth American, 10/26/18, "Grohoski won't back down from challenges."

"A refreshing change from the daily drama." Sara Hessler. Ellsworth American, 10/12/18.

"Grohoski is needed in Augusta." Claire Daniel. Ellsworth American, 10/18/18.

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