2016-10-21 / Letters

Election Letters

To the editor:

Kathleen Foley has my vote for Scarborough Town Council. She is honest and dedicated. I have seen first-hand how she educates herself on issues and proceeds to work fairly to reach compromises that will benefit both sides. She is a great community organizer and leader. There is no doubt that she will work hard for the residents of Scarborough. She already has. You can trust Katy Foley.

Kathy Bouchard
Scarborough

To the editor:

I am very excited to be a new American voter in my very first election. What is even more exciting for my wife and me is that we live in Senate District 30 (Scarborough, Gorham, Buxton) that provides us the opportunity to vote for State Senator Amy Volk.

Why are we so impressed with Amy Volk? Last year Amy took a very brave position by standing up to most in her party when she created an amendment to the budget that would give asylees a 24-month time frame to become legal Mainers.

She took a lot of political heat for this position, but she knew it was the right thing to do for Maine so she did not back down. Amy is as tenacious as she is courageous.

If not for Sen. Volk pushing that bill into law Maine would have put at least 1,000 families on the streets. Most of those people would have left Maine never to return.

Many people will say, “We need to take care of Maine citizens.” Go to Augusta and talk to the people at DHHS or the department of labor and you will quickly discover we have countless programs for Mainers. We are helping native Mainers in every way we can. What we cannot do is make native Mainers have more babies.

Maine is one of only nine death spiral states in the country. We are only having 34 babies for every 40 Mainers that die. And if you add in people moving to warmer states (with lower taxes) like Florida, South Carolina, Arizona and Georgia it paints a grim future for Maine.

We need people coming into our state, including asylees, to help our demographics or we won’t have anyone to be working and paying taxes in the future. Most immigrants, just like most native Mainers, want to work and become productive members of society. I am a living example of the American Dream.

Amy’s bill didn’t give them a lifetime to live off the state, it gave them a window of time to let the painfully slow federal process play out and to prove they are committed to becoming hard working Mainers like many of your grandparents and great-grandparents when they arrived on these shores. Amy Volk is a leader. Maine needs true leaders. I urge you to vote for state Senator Amy Volk.

Pradeep Sathyanarayana
Scarborough

To the editor:

I write in support of the re-election of Bill Donovan to the Scarborough Town Council.

I have had the opportunity to work with and to get to know Bill in connection with various volunteer positions I hold in Scarborough and have found him to be a fair-minded, even-keeled and thoughtful person.

He has, in my opinion, done an excellent job in chairing the town council through the ups and downs that inevitably develop in Scarborough.

His background as an attorney lends itself to his careful and thorough consideration of matters that come before the town council and result, I believe, in his well thought through decisions. Many others with whom I interact in town share my positive opinion of Bill.

In a time when politics are dominated by many individuals who put bluster and unhelpful rhetoric ahead of thoughtful discussion of the issues that matter most to the electorate, Bill Donovan offers us proven and effective leadership that takes into account the concerns of all citizens.

For these reasons, I hope you will join me in voting for Bill Donovan.

Rick Shinay

Scarborough

To the editor:

Last week our town council candidates participated in Candidates Night hosted by the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce. I am looking for candidates who have clear visions for Scarborough, who want to hear from and find solutions for all of Scarborough’s residents, and who plan to sustain the programs and support improvements to our school system.

While each of the candidates had good answers to some questions, Marjorie De- Sanctis and Bill Donovan stood out to me as the most informed, the most thoughtful and the most prepared to meet the needs of our town.

I have two small children and am particularly interested in supporting candidates who understand the importance and value of a top-tier school system, but I think Donovan and DeSanctis can achieve that while bringing our community together and making only necessary and smart tax increases.

I encourage everyone to consider voting for Donovan and DeSanctis for town council.

Sarah Mullen
Scarborough

To the editor:

Each fall election season, our local community is reminded just how fortunate we are in having talented individuals step up to serve their fellow citizens. In seeking public office, candidates make our government and way of life possible. Especially at the local level – these are truly service positions.

Kathleen Foley is running for town council in Scarborough. Here is a woman who exemplifies dedication to others and the overall community.

An old adage states, that if you want something done – ask a busy person to do it. Well, that is Katy Foley. If it matters to Scarborough, it matters to Katy. We are talking about a person of responsibility who is ever mindful of helping her neighbors.

This election year has taught our country the need for common sense and balance. Kathleen is a registered Independent with a passion for considering all sides of an issue, being fair and supporting what she feels is right for the community. This is a woman with an open mind and a willingness to listen.

As you review your ballot choices, I respectfully suggest that you consider Kathleen Foley: A person of high character with the talents and temperament to serve our town.

M.F. Harmon
Scarborough

To the editor:

I have read several letters to the editors in your paper that attempted to portray Sen. Amy Volk as if she is almost a Gov. LePage groupie. That characterization couldn’t be further from the truth.

First of all, anyone who knows Amy or has followed her career can testify that Sen. Volk is an independent thinker. She supports issues and casts her votes in ways that best represent her district and improve the state of Maine. Amy was named by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation as one of the most bipartisan legislators in Augusta.

She is a proven consensus builder always looking to move the ball forward without ever compromising her strong beliefs and values, which is why she has received the endorsement of organizations such as the Maine Realtors Association, the National Federation of Small Business and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. She was also named Legislator of the Year by the American Legion of Maine.

Though Amy has always worked to foster a professional and respectful relationship with the governor, his most recent remarks went too far. Courageously breaking with many in her own party, she took a very public stance against these comments and I admire her for it.

Lastly, the historical voting record doesn’t lie. Amy voted 140 times to override the governor’s veto in the last session while sustaining his veto only 23 times.

How can you possibly vote against Amy Volk because you don’t like the governor when she voted against his veto 86 percent of the time?

We are very lucky to have someone as independent and thoughtful as Sen. Amy Volk representing our town in Augusta and I encourage you to re-elect her on Nov. 8.

Matt Early
Scarborough

To the editor:

I am writing to voice my support for Sen. Amy Volk in her bid to be re-elected to the Maine State Senate in District 30 (Buxton, Gorham and Scarborough).

She has been recognized for her commitment and willingness to work cooperatively with her colleagues being named one of the most bipartisan legislators in Augusta by the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation in 2014.

While attending a session in Augusta last spring, I spoke with representatives as well as senators I have known over the years from both sides of the aisle who affirmed their respect for her and for the work she has done. In the two years she has represented District 30, she has demonstrated her ability to achieve results helping to reform worker’s compensation laws, working to create a means to improve economic development programs, being lead co-sponsor of the bill to allow charter schools and acting as a strong advocate for legislation to help victims of sex trafficking.

As chairman of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee, she plays an important role overseeing the work of the Department of Labor and the Department of Economic Development.

She is passionate about her representation for all constituents in District 30. She has a strong family here in Scarborough as well as in central Maine and understands Maine values. Bottom line is that she is an authentic individual who represents her constituents in a meaningful and respectful manner. I encourage voters in District 30 to return Amy to Augusta.

Richard Sawyer
Scarborough

To the editor:

I have just received Amy Volk’s latest propaganda and was highly amused. It was an over sized postcard that indicated we should all vote for Amy because she was “a compassionate independent leader.”

The flip side had photos of some 50 people with the caption, “What do all these people have in common.” My first thought was that they could probably all sing, “Send In the Clowns,” on cue. Many of these people were associated with our beloved Trump-loving governor as is Mrs. Volk (check her record).

On election day Vote for Jean Marie Caterina for state Senator.

Tom DiPasqua
Scarborough

To the editor:

I am writing to express my support for Rep. Karen Vachon in her re-election bid to represent District 29 in the Maine House of Representatives.

As a professional in the health insurance field, Karen brings a unique and important perspective in her role as a member of the Health and Human Services committee in the House of Representatives.

In her first term, she not only has achieved a 100 percent attendance and 100 percent voting record, but she has also been successful in sponsoring/ co-sponsoring legislation that has actually passed earning her the respect from her colleagues she well deserves.

She understands the small business community and respects the important role of the private sector in creating jobs. She also has passion and respect for those on welfare and the need for reform to help people get back on their feet with meaningful work opportunities.

With the emerging need for health care reform due to increasing insurance costs due to many factors, we need someone in Augusta with an appreciation and respect for collaborative efforts to bring about realistic solutions.

I urge the people in House District 29 in Scarborough to cast their vote for Rep. Karen Vachon.

Richard Sawyer
Scarborough

To the editor:

My name is Alyssa Marchant. I am 21 years old and a small business owner. I am writing to share my experience with one of your candidates for town council, Kathleen Foley.

I knew her as Miss Foley, one of the most dedicated teachers I ever had. She made working hard and learning fun, always going the extra mile for her students. She made the connection for us between school, business and civic responsibility.

She challenged us to step out of our comfort zones, to become leaders in our community and to go out into the world and become the best versions of ourselves.

I know she did that for me. I am here to say that this is someone you can trust to do the right thing, even when no one is watching. That is something she taught and modeled for us every day.

Alyssa Marchant

South Portland

To the editor:

Our forefathers gave us a gift and responsibility with which we often over look. The right to vote is not a chore, it is a gift. The right to choose who will represent us is a responsibility that we should all take more seriously.

It seems that an R or a D in front of one’s name is more important than what that person represents and what good they can do for our town, state, and country.

Amy Volk has represented us with honor in the Maine Senate this last term. Her life’s exposures as a daughter of parents from northern Maine where she also owns property, loving wife of a successful Maine businessman, mother of four, caring neighbor who gives of her time to our community, and small business woman, have given us a senator that serves each of us well.

If you take time to look at the legislation she has sponsored in her career, you will find that she has worked to strengthen and better our lives now and in the future.

We need more jobs to turn our economy around here in Maine. Amy knows that because she knows Maine. Amy served as the chairman of the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development in the legislature.

Ask Maine’s business leaders and they will tell you of the good work Amy has done in the committee she has been an integral part of for the past six years. She has helped grow Maine’s economy so our kids stay or come back to Maine.

We need Amy Volk in the Maine Senate. Amy, thank you for your service and you will certainly have our vote in November.

Chris Kane
Scarborough

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