I was born in Boothbay and raised by parents with a strong sense of community service. My mother was a teacher at Boothbay Region Elementary School, and my father was a maintenance foreman at Boothbay Railway Village.
I am proud to run for re-election for Maine House District 48.
After 23 years of working with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, I now serve as the Executive Director of Lincoln County Dental, a small grassroots non-profit dedicated to providing oral health services to those who need them most. I also serve as the Program Director of the Addiction Outreach partnership of the Boothbay Region Community Resource Council and the Boothbay Harbor Police Department. In four years, we have worked with more than 250 individuals living with substance use disorders in an effort to provide necessary services and combat the opioid epidemic that impacts so many of us.
During my time representing House District 48, I’ve learned that without a robust and well-informed effort by state government to partner with communities, people living in rural communities are left on their own to grapple with problems that are much bigger than them.
Together, we need to ensure that all people can access affordable and comprehensive health care, affordable and high quality education, affordable permanent housing, safe non-medical transportation, gainful employment, and that the right to age in place is prioritized.
Our state government and communities must work together to provide people, especially those living in rural communities, with the tools and opportunities they need to thrive.
Support policy and funding initiatives that mitigate the economic, health, and social impacts of COVID-19.
Recognize and advocate for unique needs of small rural towns like ours.
Ensure that affordable health care is a right for all Mainers.
Ensure the sustainability of Maine’s commercial lobster and fishing industry.
Increased decent-paying jobs and the improving our local economy.
Expand educational opportunities during and after high school to increase employment in the skilled trades and two-year degree employment, as well as four year degrees.
Increase opportunities in alternative energy and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Improve the housing options in our communities to keep young people, families, and workers living here.