Covid and Campaigns

Sat, 08/22/2020 - 5:15am

During these challenging times, I have been hearing from our neighbors about how day to day life has changed. Many ways of connecting have been cut off and we are trying to make life work with the changes. 

For those of us who want to help make positive change in our community and who must be elected to do that, we have been having to make up new ways to connect with you that are safe while still needing to hear your voice. That voice is not just the sound that can be heard over a teleconference or the other end of the phone, it’s the feeling and understanding that comes from visiting at your home or sharing a celebration together. These parts of campaigning have been cut off for the most part and we are struggling to replace them with ways that help us understand what everyone is going through.

For those of us already in office, the focus since the legislature adjourned on March 17 has been on helping our constituents get the support that we voted for on our last days in Augusta. The transition to distributing that aid was like driving many of our roads in spring, full of potholes that brought forward motion to a crawl. Those of you affected already know what that was like, and you also know that it took all of us working together to resolve the issues. During these 5 months of transitioning, I have been working harder than ever on issues we never even thought of before COVID-19. I wanted my full focus to stay on making sure those who needed help, whatever it was, to be able to get it. Our community stepped up to support that and with few exceptions, we have been able to establish channels to keep everyone healthy and giving them the tools to adjust.

It’s time to get back to the business of being reelected. Senate District 12 encompasses Knox County (except for the Town of Washington) and I have been honored to represent the residents of the district for the last 6 years. I have made over 18,000 visits to your homes, shared public and personal events of celebration and sadness, and feel that I have listened well to the needs of you and your neighbors. The connection doesn’t stop when we are in session and I make sure you can weigh in on what we are doing on your behalf. While we can’t all agree on every issue, I keep hearing that anyone who wants to reach me finds it easy to do so and they feel like their ideas are heard when they do.

Working together with my colleagues in Augusta, I brought legislation to protect our environment, nurture our children, expand clean energy and bring accountability to our utilities, improve ease and access to our election system, improve wages, expand healthcare access, protect worker benefits and retirements, and numerous other issues that you will be hearing more about over the next 2 months.

I want to continue to serve you during the upcoming 130th session of the legislature. Even though we are not able to knock on doors and visit you at home, or share parades and picnics this year, I am staying in touch with as many folks as I can to make sure I continue to represent your needs in Augusta. To do that I need your help in 2 ways,  the first is to donate $5 to my campaign which will unlock the funds needed to run my campaign. I participate in the Maine Clean Election Act and $5 is all I am allowed to take from any registered voter. to donate online please go to:

The second is to please vote for me on November 3. This will assure that I continue to address the new challenges we face together along with the issues that will be carried forward. If you have questions, please contact me at or 236-4845

Thank you for your support, I will continue to work hard for all the people of Knox County and the State of Maine!