State House District
1. Our aging population demands that we focus on health care (including home health care), paid leave for caregivers, affordable prescriptions and safe, affordable housing.
2. Our environment is Maine's greatest treasure and economic engine. We need to protect it because of everyone in the state that depends on it for a livelihood or for enjoyment.
3. We may be the whitest state in the nation, but that does not exempt us from examining our state institutions for systemic racism and bigotry.
4. The opiod crisis is killing our friends and neighbors.
5. Health care & prescription costs
I am committed to fighting for fair wages, safe working conditions and expanded opportunities for all workers. This would include closing the wage gap.
I believe strongly in public education and fully funding our schools.
I'm committed to affordable health care for all as a first step on the way to universal health care. I've worked in the insurance industry. I know they're motivated by profit and profit only.
Regular voter registration drives, sending information to constituents on civic organizations that have volunteer opportunities, volunteering to speak at district schools about the state government, opening up my office for job shadowing by district students, holding regular "office" hours in a publicly accessible place in my district to hear constituent concerns...
Honestly, my district is pretty engaged, which is why I'm running. My friends' and neighbors' engagement is contagious and I felt like expanding my own to help the people in my district by representing them in Augusta.
Small businesses are the backbone of Bangor. We've seen large corporations come to Bangor and leave a short time later. Each time, I hear the same thing: that this new company is going to solve all our problems. But they don't solve anything and many times, they leave. Bangor's most lasting recovery has come at the hands of small business owners and entrepreneurs and I intend to listen to them.
Cities across the nation have seen their economies expand with an influx of immigrants to their municipality. Portland has seen a massive bump in its economic recovery directly related to the city's immigrant population. Welcoming people into our cities and towns should not stop with those who are coming to buy our T-shirts and eat our lobster. Opening our doors to immigrants is not just the right thing to do, it makes economic sense.