A few summers ago, I was part of a group of lucky women who attended the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation conference in Washington, D.C.

The week was full of inspiring experiences, but meeting U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud made the top of my list.

He spoke eloquently about issues affecting all Mainers, including women and students.

As a student at the University of Southern Maine, I am concerned with rising tuition costs and proposed budget cuts to higher education. That is why having a governor who wants to make education a top priority is so important to me.

Mike Michaud cares about Maine students and knows that a huge part of improving Maine’s future lies in education.

Mike recently introduced his new plan, which will improve access to affordable education by making sophomore year free at any Maine university, and increasing job opportunities.

His focus on education proves that he is invested in making Maine a place where students can stay and prosper once they graduate.

Mike’s outlook on education is bright in comparison to our current governor’s.

I was shocked by Gov. LePage’s recent State of the State address, which lacked any solid plans for education.

He started his speech by discussing the importance of keeping college students in Maine as a way to boost our economy. Yet he failed to offer any ideas to improve education or make it more affordable.

Mike is someone who truly cares about investing in Maine’s future.

I think back to standing in his office in Washington and feeling so inspired by his efforts to make Maine a better place. Now, four years later, I am so excited to have the chance to vote for Mike for governor.

He’s someone I trust with my future here in Maine.

Katie Zema
Portland