I am running for Congress to better represent the people of Maine’s first Congressional district. See my campaign launch video here.
Thank you for returning me to the Maine State Legislature for a second term. Among the many challenges the Maine Legislature will take on next session are the opiate crisis, the way state education funding is distributed (which affects property taxes), and energy costs. I will be pushing for action on all three. I would … Read more about Priorities for Next SessionRead more
The ballot will be long – an absentee ballot may be a good idea. Call 284-9307 to request one. Here’s what you will see, besides the elections of various political candidates, on your ballot November 8, in the order they will appear (my explanation in parentheses): Question 1 (Marijuana legalization): Do you want to … Read more about What’s on the ballot in Biddeford?Read more
Together with Biddeford High School Principal Jeremie Sirois, I am developing new legislation that will improve the ability of School Resource Officers to provide safety and support beyond the school grounds. It is often thought that a cop is a cop no matter where he or she is, but that is not the case. Generally speaking, … Read more about Keeping Our Students SafeRead more
Together with Sen. David Woodsome, Chair of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, I recently toured Fairpoint Communications switching center, located on Center Street in Biddeford. (You may have seen it, it’s right behind Elements). This is a remarkable facility which handles all of our community’s phone and internet needs as well as switching large … Read more about Working to grow our broadband infrastructureRead more
Land for our children and grandchildren, we should call it. We protected this land, not, over there behind Fedex Kinko’s and Staples is where I used to put my deer stand. Here’s an infographic I prepared on this important matter – please share and share widely!
Here are some quick thoughts as we head into election day. I believe it is important to support the statewide transportation bond. Infrastructure reduces delays in traffic and makes our economy more efficient. This is an $85 million bond funding one year of operations. Here’s how it will break down: $22 million will go to … Read more about Spending Money WiselyRead more
NextGen is a 529 College Savings Plan administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Eligible new accounts can get up to $200 for setting up the account and making an initial contribution and then up to $300 match per year. Amy and I put $200/month into ours. College is getting wicked expensive but this should … Read more about Matching Grants for College SavingsRead more
Biddeford is a historic, Maine coastal town with a growing downtown, tons of ethnic restaurants and City Theater – a historic opera house. Did I mention the river, the yacht club, the miles of beaches? In fact, Fortune’s Rocks is one of the most beautiful, and lesser known, beaches in Maine. I like to take my paddleboard … Read more about About BiddefordRead more
There are many arguments on both sides of the wind power discussion. I recently toured an installation in Carthage (my hometown!) to see some of the turbines up close and personal. This installation, known as Saddleback Ridge, includes 12 turbines making 2,850,000 watts each. That’s a lot of hairdryers! (About 2,800 per turbine). Obviously, not … Read more about Investigating the Viability of Wind PowerRead more