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    Heather Sanborn
    (Dem)

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?

Undoubtedly, the COVID-19 crisis is the biggest challenge we face. It has impacted all facets of our lives and highlighted deep concerns in our society, including uneven access to health care, economic inequality, and issues related to child care and education.
As co-chair of the Health Coverage Committee, I will continue my work on health care reform. I also believe it is critical to continue to fund our public schools, even as belts tighten due to the recession. I also think it is critical that we continue to invest in green energy policies so that we do not lose sight of the climate catastrophe bearing down on us.
When the pandemic hit, I began writing a daily newsletter trying to untangle all of the unemployment regulations and financial assistance programs that small business owners and their teams had to navigate. The information was changing and evolving on a daily basis so I kept writing daily for nearly three months. While it's not possible to sustain that level of communication with constituents, I think it illustrates how important such communications can be and I'm committed to continuing to provide such vital information as we go forward.
In the short term, the number one key to economic recovery is to defeat the coronavirus. The key to that will be much more investment in rapid testing that is broadly deployed across many different social groups and settings, as well as continued mask wearing and vigilance to reduce transmission. In the longer term, Maine can benefit from remote workers and companies who will want to relocate to Maine now that they see that their work can be done anywhere. This economic benefit will depend on good broadband, adequate housing supply, and good local schools.