Thursday, 08 November 2018 13:49

Janet Mills' family roots run deep in Maine

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FARMINGTON (WGME) - Governor-elect Janet Mills' hometown of Farmington is celebrating her Tuesday win.

The Mills family can trace its roots in Farmington back to the 1800s, according to the future governor's brother, Paul Mills.


"That's my mother's brother. My mother's brother is Lewis Coffin," he said while looking over the wall full of family photographs in his office in Farmington.


He's got snapshots -- and stories -- to share about his sister.


"She never held, never sought, class office when she was in school, for example. She wasn't a class politician," he said.


The Mills family has been a part of the Farmington story book for decades.


In a family of lawyers, farmers and doctors, Janet Mills' success is the latest chapter.


"She has broken the glass ceiling," Paul Mills said.


Ask anyone in town  - they all know a Mills.


"We were pulling up some old linoleum and there were articles about Peter, which is Janet's father and Paul's father, and stories about him when he was younger. I mean, they've been around for a very long time," Farmington resident Cindy Gelinas said.

Inside The Homestead Kitchen, Bar & Bakery, Rebecca Elose says she has served a few family members.


"Paul's dad was a lawyer in town and helped a whole lot of people. The whole family has really helped a lot of people in the area," Elose said.


"Employees here are proud of jaJanetnd are excited to see the town getting some well-deserved attention," she said. "It's amazing that she's Farmingtonngton and, you know, she's like a celebrity for us, almost, and is a girl. The first female governor. That's amazing."