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    Allison L. Hepler

  • Jeffrey K. Pierce

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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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Short term, the biggest challenge is recovering from the pandemic. This means getting our small businesses and our schools back on track. It means getting people back to work, either remotely or in person, maintaining our public health infrastructure, and keeping our safety net in place for those affected by the pandemic. Long-term, I am committed to attracting and keeping people in Maine, which includes the expansion of broadband, quality schools, reducing energy costs in an environmentally-friendly way, property tax relief, and safe and efficient housing and services for Maine's fastest growing demographic, the elderly. Working on these issues improves the lives of everyone here.
Recovery from the pandemic, maintaining access to health care, property tax relief
Frankly, I marvel at the community involvement of so many people in our district. I'm running for re-election because everyone can make a difference and we need everyone. As a history teacher at the University of Maine at Farmington, I try and demonstrate this as a local selectperson as well as a state legislator. I have also made a point to reach out to people in our district who have expertise in a particular area and seek their input on a specific issue. My best ideas for bills have come from listening to and talking with people in our district. Finally, I am as actively involved in local organizations as I can be, trying to be an example of civic engagement. My hope is that all of these engage people in government at some level.
I've spent the last 6 months on the phone and on emails daily with people in my district who've never had to look for a job, much less apply for unemployment; with small businesses looking for help meeting payroll, re-opening plans, and hiring workers; and with town officials on plans for holding remote meetings and for holding Town Meeting. I was able to advocate for every person I spoke with, and it's not only given me a deep appreciation for the diversity of our district, but also some hard-won experience on issues of economic development. I plan to keep doing what I've been doing all along, which is to stay in touch with the people I represent because I can count on them that they will tell me what they need.
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