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    Shenna Bellows
    (Dem)

  • Mark L. Walker
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are the greatest challenges facing Maine right now?

If elected, what are your top three priorities?

How will you encourage greater civic engagement among your constituents?

How will you support economic recovery in your district?

Campaign Phone (207) 776-5404
Campaign Email shennabellows@gmail.com
Campaign Website http://bellowsforsenate.org
Twitter @shennabellows
Finance Type Clean Elections
State Senate District
1. COVID-19 poses a healthcare threat and a huge economic threat as well. The pandemic has highlighted problems in our healthcare, education and unemployment systems to name a few. We need to use this time to re-evaluate how we deliver services and benefits like unemployment. We need to be smarter about how we deploy technology and resources to confront these crises. We also need to do everything we can to turn crisis into economic opportunity, restore the jobs that were lost and support small businesses as we grow our economic future. 2. Climate change remains the biggest threat to our nation and our world. We should be working hard to adopt green technology like solar and wisely placed wind; support Mainers in weatherizing our homes to lower heating costs and help the environment and exploring innovative ways to advance environmental justice.
1. Broadband: The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that lack of broadband is a huge issue. Without high-speed Internet, seniors and people with serious medical challenges can't access telehealth. Without high-speed Internet, students lose out on equal opportunity to an education during the pandemic. Without high-speed Internet, entrepreneurs can't pursue their dreams. I will fight for universal, high-speed Internet access for all. 2. Economic opportunity for all: As Chair of the Labor and Housing Committee, I've been a long-time advocate for workers and small businesses. I think we need to promote fair workplace policies while eliminating barriers that stand in the way of successful business growth. We also need to invest in research and innovation, which is why I have been a champion of Maine's aerospace industry for example. 3. Education: We need to fully fund education and teachers at the state level to make sure that our children don't lose out as the pandemic continues.
I'm committed to being open and accessible to all. I regularly welcome students to visit me at the State House as pages in the Senate or shadows for a day. I'm happy to speak to any and all groups and to meet with any constituent. I'm also passionate about electoral reforms that increase civic participation and engagement. I was co-chair of Maine's successful same day voter registration campaign, and I'm a huge supporter of Maine Clean Elections.
I'm committed to doing everything I can to help economic recovery in my district and our beloved state including: *Fix the broken unemployment system to put money in the hands of workers right away and also avoid higher taxes on businesses. *Invest in new economic opportunities including support for research and innovation in growth industries including manufacturing and aerospace to create good jobs. *Expand broadband statewide, so that people can work from home and connect to the global economy, and so that we can market Maine as a place that young people can move to live and work in Maine. Remote work may be the new reality for many families, so we should do everything we can to make it possible for people to move here, raise their families and contribute to the Maine economy while working remotely.
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