Don Barker grew up on a farm in Rumford, Maine, and worked in Rumford’s paper mill for 42 years. At the mill, Barker was a shop steward and, for four years, President of the union. Barker also chaired the Pulp and Paperworkers’ Resource Council (PPRC) and lobbied in Washington and Augusta on the organization’s behalf. Mrs. Barker grew up in downtown Rumford. The Barkers are raising two girls.
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