Portland Press Herald: Jean-Marie Caterina
COVID-19 poses a real threat to the lives and livelihoods of Mainers, and fiscal challenges to the State of Maine. Now, more than ever, we need to elect thoughtful, collaborative, and experienced leaders to the Maine House to help us navigate these uncharted waters. That’s why I am pleased Kyle Bailey has stepped up to run for the State House in District 27, which includes parts of North Scarborough and Gorham, to succeed term-limited Rep. Andrew McLean. I am supporting Kyle Bailey for State House because he doesn’t back down from challenges. Instead, he has demonstrated an ability to take on difficult issues and build coalitions to get things done. Kyle was part of the leadership team that secured the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and he led efforts that won and protected Maine’s landmark ranked-choice voting law.
Our state government is once again facing significant fiscal issues, but this time it is coupled with a massive public health crisis. In addition to the pandemic and economic uncertainty, the opioid epidemic rages on, the cost of health care continues to rise, many families are struggling to earn a good living and too many of our young people are leaving Maine to seek economic opportunity. As a civic and nonprofit leader, former school committee member, and local business owner, Kyle has grappled with these challenges on a public policy level and on a practical everyday level.
When the state cut revenue-sharing to towns, Kyle worked with his colleagues on the school committee and town council on budget compromises that met the needs of students and maintained fiscal discipline. As a result, those school budgets were approved by voters. In Gorham, Kyle successfully championed the expansion of all-day Kindergarten as a critical investment, and he was successful in restoring student representation on the school committee.
As a leader with a proven track record of getting things done, even when the budget is tight, Kyle will be an effective advocate for Gorham and North Scarborough in the Maine House, working with lawmakers, stakeholders, and constituents from across the political spectrum to get results for Mainers. That is why I am proud to support Kyle Bailey for State House and I hope that you will join me in voting for him on Tuesday, November 3rd. To learn more about Kyle, please visit his website at BaileyForMaine.com or his Facebook page at Facebook.com/BaileyForMaine.
Jean-Marie Caterina, Scarborough