What office are you running for and why?I am running for re-election to the State House District #61 seat, representing part of Lewiston.I am gratefully serving in my first term as a Maine State House Representative. I am running for re-election because there is a lot of work to do. We need to come together to ensure that everyone has access to healthcare, education, and a safe, affordable place to call home. We need to improve our livable wage job opportunities, infrastructure, and transportation.
What role has Emerge Maine played in your candidacy?I've been fortunate to have a number of great women role models in my life. Penthea Burns and Representative Peggy Rotundo introduced me to Emerge Maine. Emerge Maine helped build up my confidence and envision the possibility of running for office. The Emerge Maine network has provided a tremendous amount of encouragement and support.
What advice would you give to another woman thinking about running for office?I would encourage anyone thinking of running for office to run. It is a rewarding experience to meet our neighbors and to have a number of one on one conversations.