To the Editor:
Louie Luchini leads in many ways. I am in a position to see and know. Living at mile 22 of the MDI Marathon route, I’ve cheered Luchini on three times as he ran by in the lead, telling him his length ahead if another elite runner was even in sight. This is not just metaphor. Those who run marathons know the discipline and dedication required. So, too, in politics.
Luchini has served as state representative from Ellsworth and Trenton for eight years. He is now a candidate to serve our entire region as state senator from District 7. He is an experienced and proven leader who understands our communities and how to get important things done for us in Augusta. His priorities are fighting the opiate crisis, improving our economy and ensuring access to quality health care.
As a representative, Luchini chaired both the Ethics Committee and the Veteran and Legal Affairs Committee. His work increased investment in the Bureau of Veterans Affairs, gave a sales tax exemption to veteran organizations providing treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, and provided tuition wavers for members of the Maine National Guard. A grateful Maine American Legion named Luchini 2017 Legislator of the Year.
Our regional economy is stronger because Luchini built broad bipartisan support in the legislature for a $50 million research and development bond issue passed overwhelmingly by Maine voters. $12.5 million will go into the public-purpose parts of The Jackson Lab Ellsworth campus that will create 500 new jobs.
As a teacher and a coach, Luchini understands and is committed to youth and their future in Maine. His support for training and education expresses his commitment.
Born and raised in Ellsworth, Luchini will continue the practical bipartisan work modeled by Republican Sen. Brian Langley and Democratic Rep. Brian Hubbell. Always a Clean Elections candidate, Luchini has perfect rating scores from the ever-tough Maine League of Conservation Voters and the Maine AFL-CIO.
I encourage all to vote for leader Louie Luchini for state senator in District 7 in the June 12 Democratic primary and the Nov. 6 general election. Maine will be better for his continued service.