I am writing to give my appreciation and personal endorsement to Sara Gideon in her bid to become state representative in House District 106. As the PORT Teen Center Coordinator, I appreciate the citizen-centric outlook to governance and ability to find collaborative solutions to issues that are of core importance to Freeport that Sara has brought to the Freeport Town Council. I am confident she will bring these assets to the state level.

Specifically, I would like to cite Sara’s interest and role in addressing the center’s budget shortfall last spring, a shortfall that threatened the nonprofit after-school program with closure. When PORT supporters came to Sara with their needs, Sara listened intently and thoughtfully helped craft a successful, community-wide solution involving councilors, businesses, citizens, and the School Board. Sara has displayed leadership, a commitment to serving our youth, and incredible follow-through to ensure that needs were met.

Evan Kumagae