October 13, 2012

More letters to the editor: Readers speak up for, against legislative candidates

We were appalled to read that Clean Election candidates in Maine can now be wildly outspent by their opponents ("Maine Clean Election incumbent now a sitting duck," Oct. 5).

This could put Clean Election candidates such as state Sen. Dick Woodbury in District 11 in jeopardy.

Woodbury is a highly respected economist. He is smart and very knowledgeable on topics such as taxes and health care. He has eight years of experience in the state Legislature: six in the House and two in the Senate. He has paid his dues.

While we found the mailing we received on behalf of his opponent negative and misleading, Dick Woodbury is positive and straightforward.

He is holding coffees three times a week in various towns in his district. Attend one to share your ideas and learn more about the issues. Details are on his website.

We urge everyone in the seven towns in District 11 to vote to re-elect Dick Woodbury to the Maine Senate. We will.

Al and Lois Howlett


One of the seats being sought Nov. 6 is the Maine Senate District 13 seat.

If you want to have a senator who has proven experience as a bipartisan mover and shaker, vote for Dennise Whitley. If you want to have a senator who fully understands the intricacies of health care and the need to make sure health care is affordable, vote for Dennise Whitley. If you want to have a smart, dedicated and hardworking legislator representing you in Augusta, vote for Dennise Whitley.

Another position open is state representative for District 98, which includes Bridgton, Harrison, Lovell, Stow and Sweden.

I plan on voting for Lisa Villa, and here's why: Not only is Ms. Villa an intelligent and energetic go-getter, she has vast experience in public service.

She was a member of the Harrison Board of Selectmen; the Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant Oversight Committee; the Cumberland County Charter Commission; the Executive Board of the Lake Region Development Council; the Lake Region Transportation Coalition, and the Executive Board of the Greater Portland Council of Government. She also is chairwoman of Honor Flight Maine, an initiative to honor World War II veterans.

Lisa Villa is an experienced leader and understands the critical importance of bipartisan partnerships. She is the one who I want to represent me in Augusta.

Stan Cohen


As a fellow business owner and member of the gay community, I would like to show support for my friend Chris Tyll, a Republican who is running for Maine Senate in District 11.

Chris and I met and began a business relationship nearly three years ago. Since then, our friendship and business partnership has continued to grow.

As the co-founder and director of the DownEast Pride Alliance, a GLBT and gay-friendly business networking group in southern Maine with thousands of supporters, I asked Chris to host three of our events in support of our group, and he graciously agreed.

He personally attended each of these events to ensure they were successful and that his guests were happy. The success of these gay and gay-friendly networking events even resulted in Chris hosting several commitment ceremonies at his place of business!

Chris has what it takes to work hard for the people of Maine. His dedication to action and change spans from his service to this country as a Navy SEAL and continues on the local level as a caring business owner with strong family values in our Maine community.

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