Bev was born and raised on a farm in the Midwest, but she has called Maine home for 20 years and lives in Brewer with her wife and three kids. Bev has been deeply involved the community for years, having served as executive director for the Bangor Humane Society and a Brewer City Councilor for 5 years, including a term as Mayor. She is a proud Rotarian and the current President of her local Rotary Club. Bev is driven to continue serving her community and wants to help improve the lives and well-being for Mainers as State Senator for District 8.
Bev knows from her experience that good governance comes from understanding the needs of people and recognizing the perceived barriers to solutions. Good governance comes from listening before speaking, and understanding the views of all sides. Good governance comes from thoughtful decision making that first and foremost makes people its priority, which is what she will lead with every day as State Senator.
As a commercial realtor, Bev has worked with Maine small and large businesses every day for the last 15 years. She understands the needs of employers and what it takes to create jobs. Bev also realizes Maine is at a critical juncture where many employers cannot find qualified employees for good jobs in the trades. That is why Bev believes Maine must invest in technical schools and community colleges to train the next generation of world class welders, machinists, electricians and more.
During college, Bev spent a summer staying with her grandmother with Alzheimer's right before she entered a nursing home. This experience gave her greater understanding of the struggles that Maine’s aging population faces as well as the families that care for them. She will work hard to allow seniors to age in place with dignity.
Driving the roads from Lincoln to Castine on the campaign trail, Bev is now even more acutely aware that our roads and bridges are in a state of disrepair. Roads, bridges, clean drinking water, modern sewer systems and broadband: these are all things that are not just nice to have - they are necessities to ensure our kids get to school, our workers get to their jobs, and our customers get to our businesses. Appropriate funding for these services will be a priority.
We need to crack down on illegal drugs coming into our communities but the opioid crisis cannot be addressed by simply eliminating the supply chain. In Maine, we can help those in our community who are struggling with substance use disorder by focusing on prevention, treatment, and long-term recovery assistance. Bev understands that opioids modify users' brains in ways that often make it impossible to stop alone. If we are going to ensure our future as a state, we must assist those who want help as all Mainers deserve the right to earn a second chance.
As the council liaison to the school committee in Brewer, Bev is very aware of the challenges facing our schools. Schools are the lifeblood of the community, ensuring that future generations have the knowledge necessary to lead our towns and our businesses. Bev believes that school systems should be funded appropriately to help them recruit the teachers our students deserve and ensure that our teachers have the tools necessary for their trade.
Bev is running to represent voters in the towns of Bradley, Brewer, Bucksport, Burlington, Castine, Clifton, Dedham, East Central Penobscot Unorganized Territory, Eddington, Great Pond, Holden, Lincoln, Lowell, Northwest Hancock Unorganized Territory, T32 MD Township, Orland, Orrington, Penobscot, Verona Island, and part of East Hancock Unorganized Territory