Richard Holden, State Senator for District #18

Dear Citizens,

Last June I stopped to buy some fresh strawberries from a roadside vendor. While exchanging money, with an older gent, I heard another person speaking behind me. Instantly I knew these two used to sell apples every fall in my home town. The elder man said, “I first started selling apples up in Jackman back in ‘43.” He told me he was 93. But it was his son who I didn't forget. Sort of like a combination of Don Knotts and Ernest in one.

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Well, what I am saying is that in Maine we have a lot of colorful people. Some are some aren’t. But we’re all Mainers and we deserve the best government our tax dollars can get. Some people do the heavy lifting, some don’t. From the auto mechanic to our teachers, and on down the list. Maine people doing big things. Hard working decent people. We pride ourselves on being from Maine. 

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I see a bright future for Maine. We have the people and resources to move ahead into the future.

We will become more energy efficient while creating new jobs using corn and potatoes in ethanol production. We have the wind and tides to harness. As Maine moves along we also need to invest more in education and job training.

Keeping Maine healthy and affordable weighs on every Mainer.

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Presently, DirigoChoice helps insure small businesses, families and individuals at reasonable rates. Keeping all Mainers healthy is vitally important for our future. More needs to be done. 

Too many of us have seen our jobs outsourced to other countries. I've given a lot of thought on how to recapture some of those lost manufacturing jobs. 

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Too many of us have seen our jobs outsourced to other countries. I've given a lot of thought on how to recapture some of those lost manufacturing jobs.

Our first resource is our workforce.

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We can get those high paying jobs back by more investment in colleges and vocational schools. Maine State education funding is increasing to 55% while the Federal share is decline. To move ahead we have to rise to this challenge. 

More jobs, more education, better healthcare, fewer taxes. That is the challenge.

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The future is here.

I've worked in a paper mill for the past 20 years and it is time for me to take my life experience to Augusta.

I will take your concerns to August and see they are acted on.

There is no future in the past.

Sincerely,

Your fellow Maine citizen, Richard Holden


Please contact me at: 645-9819 or 778-1324 &deadpan@gwi.net

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