Clean Elections Candidate
State House District
Doing everything we can to recover from the pandemic is critical. Families are struggling, small businesses are hurting, organizations are in trouble, and we are facing a budget shortfall. Thankfully we shored up the rainy day fund as we will need to draw on those reserves. The pandemic has highlighted other areas in which we need to continue working: affordable high speed broadband, for one. With Telehealth and remote teaching, we need to be sure the entire state is covered. New families moving to Maine for our quality of life also require reliable internet for their businesses. Next, climate change must continue to be a primary focus. We made some good progress with solar and wind energy bills last session, but there are still so many facets that need addressing. From sea level rise, to ocean acidification, to greenhouse gas emissions, we need to continue to keep climate action at the forefront. Also, quality, affordable healthcare is crucial, and ending "surprise" medical bills.
Working on the challenges highlighted above -- economic recovery; expanded broadband; climate change and affordable healthcare. I also remain committed to increasing housing in this state -- it is a huge problem -- as well as gun sense safety legislation (especially safe storage laws to protect children) and addressing food insecurity, which has been made even worse in Maine thanks to the pandemic.
I hope that I will again be able to get folks from District 94 into the State House, whether to testify at a public hearing, participate as part of an educational outreach in the Hall of Flags, or as the doctor of the day, or minister of the day, or to be honored/recognized for a special achievement. I absolutely loved highlighting the smart and thoughtful people of my District last session! I also called upon many of my constituents when I had questions about particular issues -- solar energy, school policy questions, nutrition, etc. I'm not by any means an expert on many things but I am not shy about reaching out and getting residents of Camden, Islesboro and Rockport involved. Another way I will continue to encourage greater civic engagement is to invite students to the State House, and to help me with various legislation that concerns them directly, such as climate change bills. I was so pleased to introduce groups from private and public schools to my work.
As someone who has started two Maine businesses, run another, and in my capacity as a Realtor helped many others get off the ground, I am familiar with the challenges to entrepreneurs in this state, and I’ll support all possible measures that will help working Mainers and small businesses to recover from this unprecedented year. Continuing to improve the state’s infrastructure is key -- not just bridges, roads, and ferries -- but also digital infrastructure. I worked closely with the Department of Economic and Community Development over the past few months to help businesses get grants and loans, and am looking forward to the efforts of the Economic Recovery Committee, as we move forward to support the plan and strategies outlined in the DECD’s roadmap for the state. Finally, I support economic recovery by continuing to do what I can to lower high property taxes. Getting the state to fully fund education at 55% and more revenue sharing is key. Having affordable places to live, too!