Editor’s note: The following letters are published in the
order they have been received.
On behalf of the 230,000 AARP members in our state, AARP
Maine congratulates Maine’s Governor-elect, the Senators and Representatives
who will serve in the 129th state legislature, and Maine’s federal
elected officials who will represent us in Washington in 2019.
While Maine has a strong record of voter turnout, this
year’s mid-term election season inspired record numbers of voters to make their
voices heard at the polls and through absentee ballots.
During the last few weeks our office engaged with thousands
of AARP members and their families around the state. We conducted a statewide
survey of Maine voters 50-plus and released the results in early September. We
organized non-partisan community conversations on healthcare, hosted
gubernatorial candidate tele-town hall forums and co-sponsored televised
debates with the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates. Our goal was to
listen to the concerns of Maine voters 50-plus and offer opportunities for
candidates to share their positions with Maine’s largest voting bloc.
With the elections now over, Mainers are eager to hear from
those elected on how they will fulfill their campaign promises. How will
our federal representatives protect Social Security and Medicare?
How will our
state legislators expand community services and support so older Mainers can
age in place? How will they enable rural communities to be better connected
through improved transportation options and broadband? How can both federal and
state officials work to lower the cost of skyrocketing prescription drugs upon
which so many older Mainers rely?
These are just some of the concerns we heard about through
our voter engagement initiatives this fall. In just a few weeks, the next
session will be underway, and AARP Maine welcomes the opportunity to work with
the Governor-elect and state and federal lawmakers on these critical issues.
AARP Maine Volunteer State President
Thank you to the people of Windham for your kind
words of support, encouragement and votes. I am honored and humbled to have
been a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives for District #25 in
Windham. All along the campaign trail, I listened to voters in our District
voice their concerns about rising health care costs and aging in place, rising
property taxes largely due to the State not meeting its funding obligations,
business regulatory issues, State road repair delays, and concerns over the
lack of progress on the cleanup and redevelopment of the Keddy Mill Superfund
Site. All of these issues rightfully deserve attention in Augusta.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who drove while I knocked
on doors, helped with campaign signs, hosted signs, made clean elections
donations on my behalf, wrote letters to the editor, and gave me moral support.
Thanks to Ben, my campaign advisor, Marissa, my campaign treasurer, and Andrew
for entering all my data.
Most importantly, thanks to my family - Brian
for filling in on many family duties while I was out knocking on doors,
Nathaniel for creating my website, Matthew for sign help, and my mom, Harriet,
for riding with me while I was knocking on doors on those few days I did not
have a driver. I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Again, thank you!
Another Veterans Day is in the books. The
American Legion Field-Allen Post 148 for the first time in recent history
elected to participate in the Legion Poppy Program. A reminder, all funds
donated to the Legion can only be used to support Veterans and their families
and service members and their families.
I wanted to spend a few minutes to thank the
community for their great support this Veterans Day weekend and to share on a
few stories or comments that were passed on to the Post and Auxiliary members.
One woman never heard of the program and my Auxiliary partner gave her a brief
history of the Poppy Program dating back to 1919. A gentleman accepted the poppy
and indicated that he would wear it proudly on his hat in memory of his WWII
father who passed away this year at age 94.
Another woman whose Korean War veteran
husband had passed away some years ago said that she looked forward to the poppies
and that she has made a wreath of them in memory of her husband and would add the
poppy to the wreath.
Most people given a poppy stopped for a moment
in their busy lives, smiled with words of encouragement and said thank you.
Thank you for supporting veterans. All that
sharing from the simple act, the simple pleasure of presenting a single paper poppy
to someone was heartwarming.
I would like to take this opportunity and give a thank
you the individual who walked into Corsetti's in Windham and left $50 at the
register with instructions it was to be used to pay for purchase made by any
veteran. It is this kind thought and appreciation that goes so much further
than money can buy. Thank you whoever you are.
I'd like to thank my supporters and Windham's people who
cast a vote to send me back to the State House. Many of you have been so
welcoming and willing to share your thoughts and concerns year after year on
doorsteps while I've been campaigning. Please, keep that communication coming
Both Maine and Windham have many challenges ahead of us
and my promise will always be to evaluate legislation based on its particular
merit and approach my work in a judicious manner. I will always work to improve
the lives of House District 25's people.
I appreciate and honor the support you've given me over
I am writing to thank the residents in House District 66
(parts of Raymond, Casco and Poland) for turning out to vote last week and for
entrusting me with a second term as State Representative. A very special
thank you to those who have shared their thoughts with me during office hours,
at doors, or via email and social media. These contacts with constituents
continue to guide me as a Representative, and this campaign has been such a
wonderful opportunity for me to hear so many voters’ stories and to better
understand the issues that are important to people in the District.
I’d also like to take the time to recognize the folks who
worked tirelessly at the polls, most of them volunteers, on Election Day. They
deserve our sincere gratitude, as this day of heavy voter participation was a
long one. Our poll workers showed such patience and diligence in making
sure that all voters had what they needed to cast their ballots.
Our democracy depends on people willing to participate,
both by voting and by volunteering in their community during an election.
As we begin a new Legislative session with a new
Governor, I hope that you will continue to reach out with your thoughts about
state government and the issues that interest you. Please feel free to
email me at email@example.com
or call me at 415-4218.
It continues to be a pleasure and a privilege to serve
the people of Raymond, Casco and Poland.
In our lifetime we set goals that we work consistently
toward. Goals, however, are seldom accomplished single handedly. If we are
fortunate, good and caring people assist in “Staying the Course” that leads to
the full realization of Victory!
One of my favorite sayings comes from our Sabbathday Lake
Shaker Society…”the more the hands the lighter the work”. How true these
words are and how much this saying plays in a successful outcome. At this time
of year as we reflect on our blessings with our family and friends, I want to
“Thank You” for your support in my jaunt for re-election to the Maine State
House of Representatives. Each of you impacted the final Tally and the
I am excited for this honor to continue to serve you and
represent our House District #67. We will face difficult and challenging issues
for certain, but I am set to continually engage in moving Maine forward!
My best wishes to you for a blessed, joyous Thanksgiving
and Christmas Season with those you love and hold dear!
Rep. Sue M. W. Austin
Proudly Serving the Good Folks of Dist. 67
Gray, Raymond, Casco, and all of Frye Island
In God We Trust
We would like to express our thanks to the Good
Samaritans who called police and rescue when we were in an accident on election
To Windham Police officers Brokos and Stubbs, and
especially to EMT personnel Mike Beneke and Logan Doak, we are very grateful
for your kind and professional care.