State House District 25
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Patrick W. Corey
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?
State House District
The COVID-19 pandemic will give Maine its greatest challenges. While the majority of people who contract the illness will survive, this does not negate the loss of those that were taken from us, those who have suffered on a path to recovery, or will have related long-term health effects. Many are now unemployed or making far from what they made before and the poor administration of the unemployment system has exasperated a horrible situation for the laid off and self-employed. Businesses, especially small businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. We need to be very concerned with the negative mental health effects caused by isolation and loneliness. Further, the loss of jobs and businesses causes depression and distress among other feelings leading to SUD and suicide. Our frontline workers have seen stress and burnout. In the Legislature we will return to large budget shortfalls that will need to be dealt with and need to craft policies that lift our people up.
1. Continue to support good policy over politics. My record reflects a willingness to work with anyone in the building to move good policy forward.
2. Continue to maintain a 100% voting and attendance record. If you’re not in the building or paying attention, it’s impossible to make decisions independently.
3. Continue to be a strong advocate for my constituents. I will not vote in a manner that I would be uncomfortable explaining to those I serve.
I have a local access show called Speak Out where I let Windham's people know what's going on in the State and community. In recent episodes we've discussed transportation infrastructure and funding, drug enforcement, the district attorney's office and criminal justice system, the adult-use cannabis market roll-out, local non-profits, and community service organizations. I've also hosted a local candidates' night and most recently a show on what businesses are doing to safely open up after the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Informed constituents are civically engaged.
I also answer my email and speak to constituents on the phone whenever possible if they have an issue or concern. That may not seem like a big thing, but they are generally very pleased to get a response they didn't expect.
Every job my constituents currently have or has lost is reliant on sustained economic activity. People in my suburban district have a wide range of jobs representing almost every imaginable industry. Some industries are dependent on strong national and international economies while others are very local and contingent on members of the community having money to spend. In the Legislature, it will be our task to find ways to keep money in people's pockets and prop up our economy while making sure that people in difficult and desperate situations do not fall through the cracks.
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