BANGOR – With the upcoming primary next week, it’s about time to get to know your candidates.
Sara Gideon was first elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2012 and has been the speaker of the House since 2016.
“I have a proven track record and history of getting things done and being able to stand up to some of the most difficult people to work with and that is what I will do in the Senate,” said Gideon.
Gideon’s reason to run for U.S. Senate was the same reason she ran for local office in her hometown of Freeport.
“It is a desire to really make a difference in peoples lives around me and my belief that public service is the best way to actually do that,” said Gideon.
When it comes to the pandemic and support of local businesses, Gideon says we need to see more financial relief from the federal government.
“We need more help,” said Gideon, “but unfortunately we haven’t seen the Senate continue to work on that and it’s gotta happen with all immediacy.”
Right now racial injustice has sparked protests, both peaceful and confrontational, around the country. Gideon said she supports the peaceful protests.
“We have to continue to do that because its when we bring our voices together and when we think about how we change the system around us that we actually make a difference,” said Gideon.
School resource officers have been another hot topic in recent months.
“I most certainly think when were talking about the idea of school resource officers, that is something that falls into a municipality and a school board making a decision together about whats right for a community,” said Gideon.
Gideon has participated in two debates between her opponents Betsy Sweet and Bre Kidman.
There will be at least one more debate before the July 14 primary, so far Gideon has not announced if she will be participating in the two debates remaining.
The winner of the primary will face off against United States Senator Susan Collins in November.
“Getting something done and standing up for whats right is what I think we all need today more than ever,” said Gideon.