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  • Jonathan M. Connor
    (Rep)

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    James R. Handy
    (Dem)

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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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Campaign Phone (207) 784-5595
Campaign Email jrhandy@megalink.net
Twitter @JimRHandy
Finance Type Maine Clean Elections Candidate
State House District
Our greatest challenge is the Covid19 pandemic which has broadly impacted people in our state. People and businesses are suffering and we need to do whatever we can to make sure that Mainers have their basic needs covered and that they are safe.
1. Reduce property taxes by increasing amount of the state's share of local education costs. 2. Opening opportunities for increasing use of non-fossil fuel energy alternatives. 3. Continue to be vigilant in bringing the costs of healthcare and prescription drugs down.
I expect to carry on with bringing average citizens to the State House to hopefully engage them in the process. I worked with teachers and students from Lewiston's Career and Technical Education Center on legislation that will help students in the plumbing and electrical program to receive credit toward their journeyman license. This kind of engagement begets more engagement in our civics.

I will continue to hold constituent office hours on a regular basis. Legislators have an obligation to reassure our constituents that their government is hearing about their needs and concerns. I also promise to conduct myself in a manner that promotes respect and civility in the political process. We need to let the public know that political disagreements do not mean nasty name-calling.
I worked to help streamline many business and professional licensing requirements and will do more in that area to demonstrate that Maine welcomes new people and businesses while supporting our existing businesses.

In addition, I was successful in passing legislation that requires insurance coverage for hearing aids. This is a workforce development issue that has had the effect of bringing more people into the world or work. I will be looking at other proposal to grow the number of employed Mainers.