November 4, 2013

Rep. Michaud’s op-ed column: Yes, I’m gay. Now let’s get our state back on track

My personal life has nothing to do with my ability to lead the state of Maine.

By Mike Michaud

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U.S. Representative Mike Michaud stands outside Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket in this Oct. 2012 file photo.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud represents Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. The Democrat is running for governor in the 2014 election.

We need to create an economy that works for everyone; expand access to affordable health care; invest in our infrastructure to help Maine’s businesses, farms and fisheries expand to new markets; and ensure that all children – regardless of where they live – have access to a world-class public education.

We need to remind people here and across the globe that Maine is a wonderful place to live, go to school, raise a family, start a business and retire.

Now more than ever, we need a leader with the experience and temperament to bring people of different ideologies – Democrats, Republicans, independents and Greens; CEOs and labor leaders; sportsmen and conservationists – together. That’s something I’ve spent my entire career in public service doing, and it’s what I will continue to do if elected by the people of Maine to be your next governor.

I plan to run a positive campaign that focuses on finding real solutions to the challenges we face, not just empty platitudes and old ideas repackaged in new rhetoric. The people of Maine deserve more than that. They deserve a governor they can be proud of.

I know this campaign will not be easy. I know I can’t do it alone. But I’m confident that our collective power can overcome the rancor and divisiveness threatening to pull our state apart. And that if we move forward, together, Maine’s best days are still ahead of us.

– Special to the Press Herald

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