Kudos to House Speaker Sara Gideon and Senate President Mike Thibodeau for reaching a compromise with our state budget in spite of the juvenile antics of our governor.

The good news is that in less than 18 months, we will return to the polls to elect a new governor. This will be our chance to elect a real leader who reflects the strong values of the people of Maine.

For the past 6½ years, Paul LePage has failed our state. His bullying style, inability to listen to the citizens of Maine and dictatorial approach to the legislative process have proven to be ineffective. Even when the majority of Maine people have voted to enact legislation so desperately needed, he has rejected our votes.

Maine is a diverse state in many ways, and we need a governor who has the intellect to understand and represent all interests and needs. Now is the time to raise the bar and to set realistic expectations for a new governor. Let’s not make the same mistake we’ve made in the past two elections; instead, let’s find a governor who represents our values, our needs and our strong passion for the great state we call home. We can do better!

Andrew Libby