“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
While searching for the words that best describe the past year, “dumpster fire” comes immediately to mind. And although it was, it was also a year of resilience, persistence, and steely determination. We successfully defended our strong public health vaccine law, supported one another as the pandemic bore down on the Maine and the nation, rallied for racial justice at more than 50 Black Lives Matter protests across the state, came together to mourn the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ousted Donald Trump, re-elected U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, held onto our majority in the Maine House and increased our majority in the Maine Senate. The loss of the U.S. Senate race was a body blow, to be sure. But there were many wins at the polls and we saw the largest voter turnout in state history. In a pandemic. This is what thoughtful, committed citizens can do.
The work of changing the world is a life-long endeavor, in ways small and large. So take this time for reflection and rest. But come Monday, we need your help. While all eyes are on Georgia’s special election this week, we have a special election of our own that needs your attention. On March 9, voters in state Senate District 14 head to the polls to fill the seat vacated when Shenna Bellows was elected Secretary of State. Former state Representative Craig Hickman (D) is running for that seat. Craig served four terms in the Maine House, helping to pass legislation that expanded health care to more Mainers, increased state funding for our schools, protected our environment and natural resources, and supported small businesses, farmers, loggers, and fishermen. Electing Craig not only sends a great person to the Senate, but also keeps our super-majority in that chamber. This is a must-win seat and volunteers are needed for phone banks, postcards, letters to the editor, and more. Visit Craig’s campaign website to sign up to volunteer and support his campaign.
Happy New Year, friends. And here’s to a healthy 2021.
The Suit Up Maine Admin Team
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