Locals take on for state Senate District 24 – Portland Press Herald – Press Herald

22September 2020

Matthea Daughtry and Brad Pattershall are contending for the state Senate 24 seat held by Everett “Brownie” Carson, who has actually decided not to look for re-election.

Both candidates spoke about making sure the state is financially safe and secure coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Pattershall concentrating on managing taxes and Daughtry stating she wants to ensure important programs stay undamaged following a possible budget deficiency.

Senate 24 covers Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal.

Matthea ‘Mattie’ Daughtry

Reaching term limits for her state Home 49 seat, Daughtry, a Democrat, stated she wants to continue her legal work with a particular focus on safeguarding and expanding “important” monetary programs. Daughtry said business relief, food insecurity and real estate programs for Mainers could be cut if there’s a budget plan shortage associated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was in the legislature when we got word of the first identified case in Maine, and those concerns that got me to run are all so essential, but now through the lens of making sure we are a stronger state coming out of this then when we faced it,” Daughtry stated.

She also wishes to work more difficult for universal health care, seeing how Mainers have been “devastated” from medical expenses, or losing work since of the pandemic and consequently no longer have insurance.

” We require to put all of our steps to make sure our health care system is accessible or free, “Daughtry stated. Daughtry said she would also like to concentrate on the student financial obligation crisis,

racial and social justice and sustainable procedures to combat the climate crisis.”I have actually shown over the last four terms that I get work done, I am passionate, and when the going gets hard I work for what we require,” Daughtry said. “I matured here, I am enthusiastic, and I deeply love Maine. What takes place to Senate District 24 will occur to me personally, so I will work 24/7 to make certain it gets back at more powerful. It’s going to be an unusual session we are walking into, and I have legal experience and can strike the ground operating on day one.”

Brad Pattershall

Pattershall said while he doesn’t have a specific agenda to deal with if chosen, he wants to concentrate on ensuring taxes do not increase, taking a look at the financial state of Mainers injured by the pandemic.

“The most important thing to me is economics, ensuring we are coming out of a pandemic and people aren’t taxed to death,” he said. “People are struggling, losing jobs, home loans are going into forbearance, and you can’t kick people while they are down. So my top priority is triaging state spending, which would be some mixes of cuts to things that are overindulgences, however maintaining the safety net however.”

Pattershall likewise hopes as a Republican with a capability to deal with anybody, he can heal departments on the Senate floor by maintaining a cooperative, yet strong, presence and construct bipartisan relationships.

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Remarks are not available on this story.

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