January 5, 2013

District 25 senator visits constituents in Waterville, Pittsfield

Sen. Colleen Lachowicz, D-Waterville, tells cafe crowd her priorities are job creation, improving education and attracting businesses to Maine

By Kaitlin Schroeder kschroeder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

Sen. Colleen Lachowicz, D-Waterville, talked about local concerns Saturday while meeting with the public in Waterville and Pittsfield.

Lachowicz, 48, said she wanted to give local people a chance to meet with her before the first session of the 126th Maine Legislature begins Tuesday.

"I wanted to be available to the public so they could tell me what their concerns are and what they are going through," she said.

She said she met with a few people Saturday at both Vittles Restaurant in Pittsfield and Jorgensen's Cafe in Waterville.

Peter Garrett, president of Kennebec Messalonskee Trails, spoke with the senator at Jorgensen's about climate change.

He said he hopes the Legislature continues to consider climate change legislation and makes a plan of action to respond to climate change.

Waterville resident Tim Trafford, 68, told Lachowicz he is concerned about the economy and said he wants to see legislation pass that helps all people in Maine and not just certain groups.

Lachowicz, a social worker and clinical supervisor for Kennebec Behavioral Health, told a group of five at Jorgensen's that she will focus on job creation, improving education and attracting businesses to Maine.

Lachowicz beat Republican incumbent Thomas Martin Jr. in November in Senate District 25. The race received national attention when the state Republican Party criticized her for playing an online fantasy game.

Lachowicz's district includes Albion, Benton, Clinton, Detroit, Pittsfield, Unity Township, Waterville and Winslow.

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