Moira O'Neill

Senate bid announced

SURRY — Surry Democrat Moira O’Neill will run for State Senate representing District 7, which includes much of Hancock County. This is O’Neill’s first run for legislative office.

“It’s time for a fresh start in Maine politics,” O’Neill said. Describing gridlock of partisan politics in Augusta, O’Neill promised an independent voice to best represent the people of Hancock County. “Our community needs local politics, not party politics.

O’Neill is an assistant professor in Husson University’s School of Nursing. As a nurse and an ombudsman, my focus is always on bringing people to the table and building consensus. We can no longer let partisan squabbling interfere with the health and wellbeing of hardworking Mainers.”

She promised to focus on the issues that matter to District 7 residents: working to build good jobs and a strong workforce; expanding health care to the tens of thousands of working Mainers without insurance; bringing a thoughtful approach, based in science, to the drug epidemic; combatting fraud and abuse in state systems; and preserving Maine’s environment, its richest resource.

In addition to being a nurse, O’Neill is a former assistant child advocate for the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate, a government oversight ombudsman agency. There she investigated state-funded services for children and worked with state agencies and the legislature for effective, efficient programs. She has been teaching health policy and professional ethics to Maine nursing students for 5 years.

“As a nurse, I am uniquely equipped to listen to and hear what constituents need. As a scientist, I am able to assess and interpret the latest developments for best practice – whether it’s in health care, the environment or any other place where Maine tax payers’ money is spent.”

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