Every four years, we the people, as Maine’s board of directors, have the responsibility to hire or rehire our CEO – our governor. And, like all boards of directors, we must decide what is important to us and who we believe can provide the necessary leadership to execute that. Janet Mills is my far and away first choice to be Maine’s CEO. Here’s why:

There are key differences in this year’s field of able candidates, but there is no disagreement that they all want, as we want, a healthy and prosperous Maine. As we watch the campaigns and listen to the debates, we will hear many good ideas. But Maine needs more than good ideas. As chair of the Business Research and Economic Development Committee, I heard many good ideas, but most of them failed to be enacted.

The innovative ideas that made it into law had in common: at least one legislative champion, supporters inside and outside of the State House, a strategy to manage a setback (there is always a setback), one to re-engage tired or dispirited supporters, and the ability to update, amend and collaborate on the fly. Implementing new ideas is hard work requiring knowledge, vision, values, respect for others and the willingness to listen and share credit.

I’ve seen Janet Mills do all these things and more.

Janet Mills never met a good idea she didn’t like, whether it’s hers, yours or an opponent’s. I was proud that she showed up to testify in favor of Sen. Mark Dion’s “red flag” bill, L.D. 1884, simply because it was a good idea.

Janet’s vision and values are for a healthy and prosperous Maine, and she has the knowledge and experience to do the hard work that turns good ideas into reality.

Please join me in voting for Janet Mills for governor in the June 12 Democratic primary.

Lynn Bromley

former Democratic state senator

South Portland