David W. Bustin was born in Portland, Maine in 1938 and grew up in Standish, Maine with his mother and grandmother. He attended Colby College, graduating in 1961 and completed his master’s degree at the University of Maine, Orono. He became a teacher in Portland and active in the teacher’s union. He ran for the state legislature in 1968, was unsuccessful, and ran successfully in 1970, serving until 1978. He moved to Hallowell and worked for Governor Joe Brennan in the 1980s. He was mayor of Hallowell at the time of this interview.
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