Full name: Anne P. Graham

Address: 97 Farm’s Edge Road, North Yarmouth

Family: Married with three sons

E-mail: [email protected]

Anne Graham is the Democratic challenger in House District 109, comprised of portions of Gray, North Yarmouth and Pownal.

Graham, currently a pediatric nurse practicioner at Maine Neurology in Scarborough, serves on the North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Maine, a former president of Foundation 51, the educational foundation for School Administrative District 51, serving Cumberland and North Yarmouth, and a former member of the local regional planning committee for school consolidation.

As a pediatric nurse, Graham is used to facing problems. When working with a patient, she listens to the patient’s history, conducts an exam, takes input from coworkers, then develops a plan and fixes the problem.

“That type of problem solving and common sense experience is valuable in Augusta,” said Graham. “That’s the way I work on issues.”

With tough economic times on the horizon, Graham said state government needs to maximize its resources and streamline its departments to eliminate waste.

“We need to recognize that we are going to have a much smaller budget to work with,” she said.

Tax relief and reform are on the top of her agenda. By increasing lodging taxes to the levels of other New England states, Maine can provide property tax relief to its residents while making sure those that enjoy the state pay for its upkeep, Graham said.

“People that come to Maine to enjoy the beauty of Maine can help keep it the way it is,” she said.

Mainers will see some long-term savings from school consolidation, Graham said, and the state should continue to encourage local school units to find efficiencies. If not, costs will continue to rise, she said.

Heading into what could prove to be a costly winter for Maine residents, Graham is worried that people will take unnecessary risks to heat their homes, by using green wood or unsafe heating devices. Guidelines for heating assistance have been loosened, meaning more people will likely split the available funds. Graham wants to engage residents at the community level to make sure, neighbor by neighbor, that people are being helped.

“My concern is that we are going to wait too long to help people,” she said.

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