I have known Jill Duson for nearly 20 years. As a person of color, she is a personal hero and mentor. She is the first African-American woman in Portland to serve as school board member, city councilor and mayor. She pushes the city and state toward racial and social equity while keeping a keen eye on the bottom line.

Her experience is great. As a single mom and graduate from an Ivy League law school, she supported her family and made sure all of her kids graduated from college. She is the model for walking the walk. She wanted her kids to give back and set the example for them, from volunteering at elementary PTA meetings to holding down a top position at a state agency.

We cannot afford emotional, divisive leadership. Rather, experience, patience, relationships and an understanding of how small affects big and how big affects small are more critical now than ever. Jill, with her life, professional and political experience, is the only Maine Senate District 28 candidate who has that. Please join me in supporting her in the Democratic primary June 12.

Tae Chong


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