I am a 33 year resident of Lisbon where I live with my husband Joe and my 98-year-old father, Richard. I am the mother of three grown children, Matthew, Katherine, and Emily, who graduated from Lisbon High School.
I learned the importance and value of serving my community from my parents who taught me ‘if you can, you do’. I know that public service is using your time, your energy, your heart to help make life better for the people around you.
My commitment to my community has always been about providing opportunities for children and families. My involvement includes being a Girl Scout troop organizer and troop leader, Cub Scout Pack 109 Den Leader, a volunteer in Lisbon schools, Lisbon Recreation Ski Program volunteer, MTM Parent Action Group, serving on the Lisbon School Committee 1995-2001, Literacy Volunteers, Lisbon Performing Arts Center Initiative.
As a School Nutrition professional with over 23 years of experience in Maine schools, my mission and passion is to provide our children with healthy school meals. I am a member of the Maine School Nutrition Association and Maine Farm-to-School Network (serving on the Leadership Council).
I want to bring these experiences and ties with our community and state to the Maine Senate.
I am running for Senate District 22 because I know we need to work together to make positive investments in our communities to ensure that everyone has the chance to be successful. I believe in healthy communities that are home to good public schools, successful businesses, safe neighborhoods, and thriving children and adults. I know that this goes beyond politics; these are issues that matter to everyone.
I have always worked hand in hand with people with diverse viewpoints to make sound decisions. As Board Chair, I led the Lisbon School Board through a school construction project to close two aging elementary schools and build Lisbon Community School. As co-chair of the Lisbon/MSAD 75 Consolidation Committee, I helped the Lisbon School Department navigate the potential consolidation with MSAD 75, with the ultimate decision for Lisbon to stand alone and remain independent. I know how to listen and work to find solutions to difficult problems. I am committed to serving in the Maine Senate as a thoughtful and compassionate voice for all members of our communities.
I believe that high quality public education is the cornerstone to a successful life. Our pre-k-12 schools need strong funding and good resources to offer the variety of educational opportunities our children require. As a graduate of the University of Maine and Southern Maine VTI (SMCC), I also know that both have a place in providing affordable educational opportunities that lead to good jobs in Maine.
Long ago our state government made the thoughtful commitment our towns to share the revenue from Maine income and sales tax to help offset the local property tax burden. Eight years of ignoring that commitment has taken a toll on homeowners, our schools, and town services. I am committed to restoring state revenue sharing to its full funding level.
After my mother passed away eight years ago, my father came to live with us. I know first hand the challenges our seniors face to stay in their homes and age in place. I will work to implement affordable support systems for seniors and their family members who need to be caregivers.
Maine’s beautiful woods, coastline, and inland waterways are second to none. They support tourism, recreation and sports activities, and good jobs for Mainers. We should do all we can to preserve and protect these valuable resources from the impact of climate change for future generations. Using renewable energy sources will reduce our use of fossil fuels while creating good jobs and saving taxpayers money.
I know Martha listens to and cares about voter concerns. She will put in the time and hard work to find bipartisan solutions that will improve our lives and lower our taxes.
John Nutting, Leeds, former Maine Senator and Representative