As the students and teachers get ready to go back to school this week, and start another year of learning and growth, challenge and adventure, I find myself thinking about this coming election and the importance it has for all of them, and for all of us.
As an educator for 38 years, I know first-hand the effect that thoughtless leadership can have at the local and state level. I also know how empowering the right person in the right place at the right time can be. I believe that Jessica Fay, running for District 66 (Casco, Poland, Raymond) is one such person. As the owner of Raymond Village Florist, she was involved locally and volunteered in my classroom to teach students about flowers. She gave tours and working demonstrations to kindergarten classes. She provided the flowers and expertise for World Community Arts Day, so that over 40 children a year could learn how to create (and take home) beautiful arrangements.
One of the many things that has always impressed me about Jess is her willingness to listen and her willingness to learn. She takes thoughtful positions after hearing from all sides, she does the background work necessary to make informed decisions. She is the one who reads the statutes, proposed and enacted; and who even listens in on committee hearings so she can better understand the impact on our district and state. I don't know too many people who aren't already elected or working for a particular group who would take the time to be so informed.
I am so excited to be able to vote for Jess Fay on November 8, I hope you'll join me.