Elect Steven Rowe Maine’s next governor

Posted Jan. 20, 2010, at 7:14 p.m.

Times are tough. It’s clearer than ever that Maine needs our next governor to be a different kind of leader — someone with a record of bringing people together to take on our toughest problems.

And it’s clearer than ever that Maine needs Steven Rowe to be our next governor.

I’ve known Steven Rowe for a number of years as a friend and a colleague. He has a reputation for hard work and honesty and a proven record of proactive leadership. With almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors in Maine, Steve understands business development and how government can foster that development.

Steve also knows that problems such as substance abuse, mental illness and domestic abuse are devastating to Maine people and to our state’s economy. Steve will work to eliminate these problems so that the true potential of Maine people and the state’s economy can be realized.

Steve leads his personal and public life with great character, integrity and honor. As attorney general, Steve stood up to drug and insurance companies and defended Maine’s plan to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for seniors. Steve fought and won against the Bush administration and industry polluters to make sure Maine’s greatest assets, our people and majestic landscape, were not harmed. Steve took on the large corporations all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and won.

But it’s not just the high-profile fights that Steve takes on. He has shown visionary leadership in the effort to protect Maine’s children, elderly and families from domestic abuse. For those efforts, Steve became the first-ever state attorney general to be honored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center with bestowal of its prestigious Visionary Voice award.

Steven Rowe has always stood up for Maine without looking for accolades. Once he’s won a fight he doesn’t try to bask in the limelight because he has another fight to take on for Mainers.

Steve leads by listening, collaborating and hard work. There is no job Steve would not do himself. There is also no politically controversial issue that Steve will not take on.

He doesn’t try to read the political winds. If the issue will benefit Maine he will take it on. Steve Rowe has precisely the qualities we need in our next governor.

Steve will focus on attracting clean energy jobs to Maine. Steve understands Maine is well-positioned to blossom in the new clean energy economy of wind, solar and tidal energy generation and manufacturing.

Steve will make sure health care reform delivers on quality affordable and permanent health care for every Mainer. By lowering the costs of health care this will help put money back in the pockets of Maine families and businesses — which is exactly where it belongs.

He will invest in telecommunications and transportation infrastructure so Maine businesses can compete with any business in the world. This is no easy task, but it’s a priority for Maine. One of our strengths, our vast size and beauty, is also a hindrance.

The reality is the rest of New England can fit in the state of Maine. This means we have to invest more in telecommunications and transportation infrastructure than other states. Steve understands that we can’t just invest in parts of Maine; we must invest in all of Maine, from Kittery to Fort Kent.

Today Mainers are facing the worst hardship since the Great Depression. Steve Rowe understands that times are tough, but our opportunities are even greater. Investing in Maine’s strengths and improving our weaknesses will lead Maine to prosperity.

To learn more about Steve you can visit www.RoweForGovernor.com, and see some of the other Mainers who have joined Steve’s campaign and learn more about his record.

This gubernatorial election is vital to Maine’s future prosperity; this is why I will be proud to cast my vote for Steven Rowe. Steve’s vision, integrity and experience will unleash the full potential of Maine.

Beth Edmonds of Freeport is a former president of the Maine Senate.

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