April 07, 2020
Letter

Rs and Ds for Simpson

A Maine political activist, Severin Beliveau, has always counseled that to be a good Democrat you need to work with Republicans and to be a good Republican you need to work with Democrats. We agree. One of us is a Demo-crat who rarely votes for Republicans and one of us is a Republican who occasionally votes for Democrats, but we both urge the voters of the 18th district to elect John Simpson as their state representative in Augusta.

We urge bipartisan support because we strongly believe Simpson merits this support. Both of us understand the importance of party loyalty – particularly in this deeply partisan time – but both of us deeply believe that it is precisely at this time that Maine needs leaders who can transcend party differences, who can reach across the divides in Augusta and find a common purpose that can adequately address our common future.

We believe Simpson is such a leader and brings needed vision to a renewed bipartisan effort in Augusta. He has already been such a leader for Maine people.

Through his many years as a business and civic leader, he has demonstrated his ability to bring people together, to mediate differences, to find compromises that do not compromise ethics, to achieve business successes that have also built a stronger, more prosperous community in our region.

That is why – as you can see on his Web site (www.electjohnsimpson.com) – he has strong support from Democrats, independents and Republicans. He has this support because he has articulated a platform that can serve the interests of all Maine citizens. We urge you to read his platform on his Web site, to consider his ideas on education, jobs and investment in the future. We urge the residents of the 18th district to vote for Simpson on Nov. 7, regardless of party affiliation.

Tony Brinkley

Gerard Tassel

Bangor


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