Vote Sartoris for Cumberland County DA

When my husband and I moved to Brunswick 20 years ago I very quickly became interested in becoming involved in local government. As a volunteer in local town committee work I met Jackie Sartoris when she was a Town Councilor. I was immediately impressed with her inclusive community approach to local governing. She welcomed me to Brunswick and encouraged my active participation in local issues.

Over the years our paths have crossed on project work and I have always found her to be very thoughtful, well-researched, and generous in her interactions with other residents — even those with whom she might disagree. I believe that she will take her deep caring for the community into her role as chief prosecutor.

Jackie is definitely qualified to be District Attorney of Cumberland County. She has the legal background as a prosecutor, active environmental advocacy, and has demonstrated support for New Mainers, women’s reproductive rights, and science regarding public health. However, for me, it is partly about qualifications but it is entirely about character. Jackie has the character and humanity to lead our legal system.

I will vote for Jackie Sartoris on June 14. I hope that you will too.

Sande Updegraph
Brunswick Town Councilor, District 4

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