Maine State Capitol, photo by Ramona du Houx
Novemeber 10, 2018
OP-ed by Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon
This week, hundreds of thousands of Mainers turned out to help shape the future of our state by exercising their right to vote. Now, with the election behind us, we can truly get to work improving the lives of Maine people.
Our incoming House Democrats are teachers and entrepreneurs, tradespeople, parents and volunteers in their communities. I’m also incredibly proud to announce that 49 of them – more than half of the incoming Democratic caucus – are women.
These individuals stepped forward because they care deeply about the wellbeing of their neighbors and about our shared future. For months, they have worked tirelessly to run positive, grassroots campaigns and personally connect with those they aspired to represent.
Now, Maine House Democrats turn our focus to an agenda that prioritizes what we heard on the campaign trail, again and again, from voters all across our state. An agenda that recognizes the choices working families make every day and an agenda that moves those families closer to prosperity.
Conversation after conversation, we heard from our neighbors about the issues that make an impact on their lives each and every day. Now it’s time to take the message we heard from you with us to the State House.
We pledged to increase access to affordable and quality health care, to alleviate the crippling burden of student debt and to finally make the critical investments that will build the high-paying, sustainable jobs of both today and tomorrow.
And we’ve promised to make state government more transparent, more accountable and more responsive to you, the people we serve.
We are excited to work in partnership with Governor-elect Janet Mills and all our newly elected colleagues to chart a path for Maine that grows our economy, capitalizes on our greatest resources and moves every family closer to prosperity.
There is a great deal of work to do to ensure the bright future I know, in my heart, Maine has ahead of us. The extraordinary women and men of the incoming House Democratic majority are ready to get to work to deliver the results Mainers have long deserved.
Their dedication, enthusiasm and optimism are truly inspiring. I’m eager to serve alongside them.