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    Ned Claxton

  • Matthew Joseph Leonard

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?

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Our most immediate challenge is to assure that the number of new COVID cases stays under reasonable control so the economy can continue to recover as people feel more safe going about their business. When the legislature reconvenes, there will be the challenge of re-balancing the state budget. Some hard decisions will need to be made about program cut backs and ways to increase revenue without negatively impacting working families and retirees. We need to continue to help Mainers get the health insurance and quality care they need in order to pursue their plans and goals. This involves decreasing the cost of medicines and other care as possible and increasing access to primary care. Longer term, work needs to be done to address climate change and how best to protect Maine, its people and its businesses from the potential impacts we face.
1. Increase the number of Mainers who have affordable health insurance For people to work at what they want to be doing and to live the life they want, the threat of unmanageable health bills has to be reduced. It is those bills that drive foreclosures and bankruptcy in our state. Affordable health insurance is a major defense against those threats. 2. Contribute to the negotiations on how to decrease state expenditures and increase state revenues The legislature will need to make some significant decisions about how to reduce inefficient spending and about how to increase revenue without increasing middle class taxes. That will involve bipartisan efforts that I am comfortable with and embrace. 3. Do what I can to help restore and improve the health of Maine's people In addition to the work on COVID and the flu, we need to identify and act on opportunities to promote healthful living and risk reduction. That could involve education efforts and health incentives.
Starting with those in schools, I will continue to participate in civics lessons in all age groups. I embrace the goal of getting kids to better understand how government is set up and how it affects all of our lives. The Honorary Page program that brings middle and high schoolers into the legislative chambers has been something that many of my younger constituents and their families have very much enjoyed. I will continue to offer that opportunity to anyone who is interested. I will also continue to hold town halls and other informal gatherings in which to meet constituents, hear their concerns and answer questions. Hopefully, that will be in-person soon. Until then, I will continue to have online sessions that people can join. The work of constituent service is crucial in these times and I will continue to reach out to our neighbors and to do what I can to help those who contact me.
Looking for ways to increase the number of good paying jobs is crucial. Some of that work will involve getting people safely back to their prior jobs. It will also involve looking for opportunities to help small businesses expand their workforce. Talking with business owners and working with the local Chamber of Commerce will help identify legislative opportunities to promote and expand our business base. Ongoing control of COVID-19 is necessary for people to feel safe about resuming their prior school participation, spending habits and community involvement. We have to remain vigilant as we head into the flu season and its potential to further complicate our lives. In addition, I will continue to encourage our Maine delegation to Washington to provide focused recovery money to those most impacted by the COVID recession - people, businesses and not-for-profit entities.
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