Present employment: Former owner/operator of beauty salon and Rosen’s Department Store
Highest level of education completed: University of Maine at Orono
Previous elected public office(s) held: State representative (eight years), state senator (four years)
The list of challenges facing people you elect on Nov. 6 are wide ranging and will impact your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Critical issues include achieving sustainable health care coverage for more people without lessening higher-level services that children, the frail, elderly and disabled currently depend upon. In addition, we must transform job training and skilled trade programs. Let’s keep Maine’s nine-year, record-breaking economic recovery on track without derailment from adopting misguided proposals. In addition, the next legislature must successfully work with a new governor and administration along with new legislative leaders. Legislative leadership selected me to serve as Maine’s first woman senator to chair the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. I have worked to confront domestic violence and substance abuse. My heartfelt commitment is to service on behalf of the people of our region. That is, service above petty self-interest. My public record demonstrates it takes teamwork to solve tough policy issues. At the State House, I work productively, as evidenced by my 100 percent voting record. I don’t care who gets credit when everyone succeeds. If voters re-elect me, I will apply my knowledge and legislative experience working for positive solutions moving Maine forward.