Kimberly Sampson
Democrat

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Office Sought: Senator – District 20
Age: 37
Occupation: Independant Dental Hygiene Practitioner
Education: Maine School of Law (J.D. 2015), University of Southern Maine (Bachelors in Communication, 2012), University of New England (Three Year Associates in Dental Hygiene, 2003)
Family: Single
Hometown: Auburn

Political experience

I’m not a career politician, but prior to law school I was the executive director of a non-profit that provided dental care to underprivileged children domestically and abroad. I’ve worked on several campaigns and my mother, Sonya Sampson is a former state representative in Auburn. My thesis, “National Security and the Affordable Care Act” was used in the 2014 gubernatorial debates. During law school I was a public policy extern for the Maine Medical Association. In that capacity, I presented testimony, followed bills through their passage, and advocated for nearly 5,000 Maine physicians, surgeons, and medical students.

Why are you running for office?

Maine is a great place to be, but it can be a hard place to make a living. As a result, many of our young adults are leaving the state. We need to change that. I’m thrilled to see the progress that organizations such as Maine & Co, Maine Startup & Create Week, and Maine Accelerates Growth have done. These groups are bringing fantastic jobs to Maine, but it’s just a start. Let’s build on the positive energy and continue to keep moving Maine forward. To do this, let’s ensure our infrastructure is up to par. We have 44,000 miles of roads, bridges, and rail that need to be well maintained. I’m running for all of those reasons, but also because I want to advocate for my patients. On current facts, half of those serving on the Health and Human Services Committee have never treated a patient, tried to get reimbursed from insurance companies, or witnessed the struggles many in Maine are experiencing. As a result, poor decisions are being made. We can and we must do better.

 

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