This year has been shocking like no other. COVID-19 upends our lives. Businesses struggle. Schools navigate uncharted territory. Political campaigns bombard us with meanness and lies, turning us against each other.
But today, I write with a message of hope.
I believe there is more light than darkness, more that binds us than tears us apart. I know with certainty that when we harness this spirit, we accomplish great things together.
I grew up on my family’s farm in Nobleboro. From Lincoln Academy, I went to Harvard College, and after graduation packed up Dad’s truck and headed home. Looking back, my life has one big theme: I love our home. I love that we welcome and care for each other as neighbors, regardless of political persuasion. We are independent but build strong community. We snowmobile, fish, hunt, hike, and work hard to reside in this beautiful place, living on the land with respect and freedom.
Love for home is why I am running for the State Senate this year, challenging Dana Dow. I promised and delivered a 100% positive campaign. We are grounded in community values, not Party or ideology, as reflected by endorsements from Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett, Former chair of the Lincoln County Republicans Les Fossel, the Maine Council on Aging’s 2020 Legislator of the Year award, and dozens of community members and organizations.
As State Senator, I will continue my track record of effective, bipartisan, community-based leadership to fight for a resilient Maine, where broadband, education, healthcare, transportation, farms, fisheries, small businesses, and our natural resources sustain us in the future and honor the past. Solutions to these challenges depend on good politics, yet most of us feel that the political system is badly broken and no longer represents our interests.
Our campaign stands for a new direction. We are re-inventing politics as public service. It’s not a promise but a fact that shapes everything we do. It’s why I choose to fight for our home as a State Senator who stands beside you. It’s why, when COVID-19 hit, we organized a 200-strong volunteer team telephoning over 13,500 seniors, regardless of political affiliation, checking that everyone was okay, coordinating food deliveries, prescriptions, rides, and more.
As State Representative, community-based politics meant that my bills won bipartisan support and that each one originated in conversations with you. Thanks to a Nobleboro nurse, a new law protects sexual assault kits. Hearing the need for jobs in growth industries, we now have green jobs legislation. Talks with seniors shaped my rural transportation bill. Learning from retirees, I introduced a Resolution to Congress to reform Social Security Offsets. In regular “Coffees with Chloe,” I continue to learn from your concerns and find solutions.
Next year will be a time for rebuilding. We are only at the beginning of what we can accomplish together: a powerful new community-based politics. Join us for the sake of all that we love.
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