State House District 134
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Genevieve L. McDonald
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 greatest challenges facing Maine right now are the recovery and growth of our rural economy, increasing access to affordable health care, funding education, and addressing the impacts of climate change. We need to expand access to broadband across the state, and fund both our public schools and Maine's Career and Technical Education Centers. There is potential in our CTE’s schools to train young people for green energy jobs that would allow them to work and live in Maine, but we need to fund programming and technology to make that possible.
If re-elected my top three priorities are addressing the systematic issues within the Maine Department of Labor that were exposed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, continuing to work on both preventing and mitigating the effects of climate change through my work on the Maine Climate Council, and building on the work we accomplished in the 129th Legislature that helped improve our health care system by and expanding MaineCare, enshrining all the protections of the federal Affordable Care Act into state law, eliminating surprise medical billing, reducing the cost of life saving medications, and requiring insurance companies cover a full range of reproductive healthcare options. We made significant progress, but there is still more work to be done.
I will continue to support measures that improve ballot access including online voter registration, automatic voter registration, and ranked choice voting. I believe that civic engagement starts in our schools and will continue to visit with school groups to encourage and provide opportunities for our youth to participate in government.
I will support economic recovery by continuing to strongly advocate for working families and small business owners in this district and making sure that all relief funds are properly allocated to the people that need them most, including federal funds and any other emergency funds that are available to help mitigate the current crisis.
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