To the Editor:
In my viewpoint, this election is a required on the way Mainers choose to be governed. Western Maine, especially, is straining to preserve local control over its affairs in the face of increasing government centralization in Augusta. The influence and interests in the Maine Legislature of Maine’s city districts such as Portland are greatly out-weighing our own interests here in the western region. The current pandemic has further expanded the gap in between Maine people and its chosen officials.
That is why I am writing to endorse the candidateship of Rick Bennett for a seat in the Maine Senate representing Maine District 19. Rick served this western Maine district prior to: 4 years your house and 8 years in the Senate. Throughout that time, he made the appreciation and respect from those on both sides of the aisles and was all elected President of the Senate in 2000. He has actually spent the last eight years in the private service sector.
For the previous 18 years, Rick has actually served on the Board of Directors of GWI, a leading telecom and web business based in Biddeford, where he has helped that company grow in an unpredictable market. The company is now constructing miles of high-speed fiber direct to homes and businesses in western Maine. Choosing such a prospect as Rick would make sure a substantial advantage for our voices and interests in Augusta.
Rick Bennett has actually taken a company and thoughtful stand on the problems facing us today. He has actually constantly been an ardent fan of government reform, including term limitations, a balanced budget amendment, and the popular election of our state Attorney general of the United States, Secretary of State and Treasurer. He is a long time member of the NRA and the Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine and vigorously safeguards the second change and supporters for Maine’s searching customs.
Rick opposes the CMP corridor through the heart of western Maine and is a complainant in a suit against the state and CMP for breaching the law (drafted by Rick Bennett as a Representative legislator) that requires a two-thirds legislative elect the lease of state lands. As a financial conservative, Rick opposed all tax increases in his 12-year tenure, and means on duplicating this record in the next legal session. He thinks that federal government should just do that which it can do well, in an effective and expense efficient way. He will lead the effort for a bottom-up review of all state spending.
Of particular interest to our instant area, Rick, whose wife is a house health therapist, backs health care solutions that are patient-centered over those interests of administration, insurer, and big Pharma. He supports the “crucial access” classification for Stephens Memorial, Bridgton Healthcare Facility and other such rural healthcare facilities across our state. Rick prefers prioritizing the requirements of those with illness and chronic conditions. Our pals and next-door neighbors, battling with these concerns, require more effective and economical choices for long-lasting care.
Rick Bennett has actually spoken up about education, life and household, and the environment where he has actually constantly been protector of one of our greatest possessions: our beautiful, natural Lakes Area. He is a thoughtful and well-prepared prospect and is thrilled to engage with you in talking about whatever is on your mind. He can be reached at [email secured]
I urge you to mark your tally for Rick Bennett for Maine Senate. Thank you.
Honorable Phyllis A. Ginzler
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