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  • Matthew Allen Harrington
    (Rep)

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    Patricia E. Kidder
    (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?

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Campaign Phone (207) 604-8868
Campaign Email PattyKidderD19@gmail.com
Finance Type Maine Clean Elections Candidate
State House District
Health care is a human right and it needs to be affordable for everyone in Maine. The pandemic has shown us that people still need affordable health care especially if they have lost their job. We have an aging population so we need more home health and personal care workers to let us age at home. We need to retain our young people and attract more to call Maine home. Our infrastructure is in need of major repair and we need high speed internet services state wide. The pandemic has exposed weaknesses in our unemployment system, our computer systems and being unprepared for a major crisis. Our state budget has been over-run with unforeseen expenses from the Pandemic and our cities and towns need help with the dramatic increase in General Assistance requests. They also need our State to fund the schools at 55% and to increase the revenue sharing to help keep our property taxes in check. We need to reform the tax code to make large corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.
Affordable health care, including vision, dental, mental and at home health and personal care. When people don’t have to worry about how they will afford healthcare or their health insurance, they will be free to change jobs or start new businesses. Currently businesses can’t predict what their health care costs for their employees will be from one year to the next and they end up having to change insurance companies often trying to get the best deals. This leads to inconsistent health care and small health problems can grow to become harder and more expensive to treat.

Increased Revenue Sharing with the cities and towns, for schools, road & bridge repairs and to keep our property taxes from rising too fast.

Reforming the State tax code to a more progressive tax structure. We need wealthy people and large corporations, who can afford it, to pay more taxes so we fund the programs we want and balance the State budget.
I plan to start with some Zoom Town Halls and posting messages on my candidate Facebook page. I am planning to have some Facebook Live videos for people to share. I am also posting messages on our local Facebook Groups. I plan to attend and give a presentation at some local community group meetings either in person or on Zoom. Also, I am planning to hold several Voter Registration Drives. Hopefully we will soon be able to go knock on doors and talk to my future constituents face to face.
When you give low and middle income people more money, they spend it locally. When you invest in infrastructure, it provides living wage jobs to local people. When people don’t have to worry about how they will afford healthcare or their health insurance, they will be free to change jobs or start new businesses. Currently some people have to keep their incomes low to qualify for MaineCare because they can’t afford their healthcare if they don’t. This is stifling the economy and their quality of life.