Deborah Sanderson
Republican

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Office Sought: Representative – District 88
Age: 53
Occupation: Lobster industry/State Representative
Education:Lake Region High School Graduate
Family: I live with my partner Steve and we have a blended family with 5 children
Hometown: Chelsea

Political experience

I’ve had the pleasure to represent the Citizens in my district for six years and would be honored to serve them for another two. In the last six years there have been policies put in place that have been beneficial to all Maine citizens and while sometimes the decisions are very hard to make, it has made a difference.
We would be remiss if we didn’t try to leave our state a better place for our children. A place where there is both economic opportunity and natural resources to fulfill recreational endeavors. Finding the balance between both is vital. Also, continuing to support policy decisions that have a positive impact on all Mainers such as lowering the income tax, removing outdated and ineffective regulatory requirements and most importantly, continuing to fight for appropriate levels of reimbursement to sustain services for our seniors, children and disabled citizens is a key issue I am passionate about.
I’ve also worked very hard on a few key initiatives; one in particular that has made an impact in so many people’s lives. Taking the lead on Maines Medical Marijuana program and working side by side with stakeholders and patients have resulted in Maine having the premier MMJ program in the nation. With the potential of Recreational adult use on the horizon, it’s important to me to continue serving and if Question 1 passes, help to ensure that implementation does not have a negative impact on our carefully crafted medical model.

Why are you running for office?

I believe we must do what we can to respond to the issues that impact the quality of life in our homes, communities, state, nation, and planet. I have learned from both my volunteer and professional experiences and have developed skills to help create positive change. I want to take this experience to our state government, to help it better respond to the needs of its citizens all across the economic spectrum.

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