Clear choice exists
To the editor:
Chris Johnson, the Democrat Party candidate for the special election in Senate District 20 on Feb. 14, has made his top campaign priority very clear. He is running to represent the people of Senate District 20.
He is focused on people and problem solving, not forwarding a political agenda to re-elect an individual. He knows tough decisions await him immediately upon arriving in Augusta. He is ready for those challenges and his approach will bring a strong understanding of the underlying economic and social issues.
He genuinely cares about the people he will represent.
In his speech to win the Republican nomination for the special election in Senate District 20, Dana Dow listed his three main campaign issues, one of which was to get Gov. Paul LePage re-elected.
This is February 2012 and not a gubernatorial election year. We will not hold an election for governor until November 2014, which is more than 2.5 years from now.
In general, candidates dedicated to representing the people of their district do not make getting other individuals elected one of their primary goals of service to their constituency.
Mr. Dow has made the choice between the two candidates quite clear. A vote for him forwards Gov. LePage’s political agenda, regardless if it makes sense for the people of Senate District 20 or not.
Alternatively, a vote for Mr. Johnson is a vote for someone who puts people and the economy ahead of politics.
I have driven Mr. Johnson about half dozen times in Senate District 20 as he goes from door to door greeting voters. He is warm and friendly and wellreceived by people, often invited into their house for a chat.
He quickly makes strong connections and listens to what citizens say. These attributes will enable him to be a true representative of the people.
On Feb. 14, I will vote for Mr. Chris Johnson.