BANGOR, Maine — Former Senior Health Policy Adviser to the governor, Katrin Teel has announced she will run for the Maine House of Representatives in District 125, serving part of Bangor.
In addition to her service in Augusta, where she advised the governor on all issues related to health and health care, Teel recently served as a public member on the Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure. In Bangor, she is presently the Beal College Business Studies Program Director, as well as an instructor. At Beal, she helped introduce a new nationally accredited associate degree in Human Resource Management, and helped launch Beal College’s new business concentrations, plus a local entrepreneur initiative.
Teel is also a Registered Nurse, with both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Husson University. As an RN, she participated in medical missions to several developing countries over the past 20 years, providing care to poverty-stricken individuals in jungle areas of South America so remote they were accessible only by plane, mule, or on foot. With this in mind, she adds that she is “thankful for the United States of America and especially Maine, where we take care of each other and take care of those in need.”
“I am a problem solver,” Katrin says. “I am running because I want to keep more money in the hands of the hardworking people of Bangor and less in the hands of the government. I want to promote jobs, and reduce the taxes for the middle class. I want a public assistance program that is healthy and really helps those who need it most.”
States Paul Trommer, District 125 resident and local businessman, “Katrin will bring a special quality to the legislature. She is a woman of absolute integrity. Her focus is on representing the district, not some outside group. You can count on her to listen to your concerns and tell you the truth. We can’t do better than Kathi.”
Teel says, “I believe it is Maine’s small businesses that will create the jobs that bring us out of recession. America’s free market system has produced the most individual prosperity the world has ever seen. The market works. And it is the heartbeat of the free market that reduces poverty. In Augusta, I will work hard to make sure Maine stays open for business. Jobs are my highest priority.”
She adds, “I will support tax cuts for middle class families so they can keep more money in their own pockets. We cannot go back to the era of tax and spend. It is irresponsible and reckless, and Bangor’s hardworking families cannot afford it. I will work hard to protect the taxpayers of Maine.”
Teel suggests that “needing assistance is not a crime, and being able to offer it to our fellow citizens is a privilege. However, we are amiss if we do not also offer a way out of poverty, and for some, out of despair. Public Assistance offers enough to survive, but not enough to thrive. We do our fellow citizens a disservice if we do not provide an opportunity for independence, hope and self-fulfillment. In Augusta, I will seek to ensure that people always come first while working in concert toward reforming a broken system so that it can truly offer compassionate and empathetic support in meeting the needs of our most vulnerable.”
From Bangor, Teel has been concerned over the division and party politics in Augusta. “While there may be well-intentioned people on both sides, at the end of the day it is the people of Maine who are suffering. We have real problems that effect real people; we must put personal agendas aside and work together toward lasting solutions. I want to ensure that the voice of the people is heard. Together we can keep Maine moving forward.”
Katrin Teel lives in Bangor with her husband Sam, a professor at Maine Maritime Academy, and their amazing dog, Grace.
For more information, please contact Katrin Teel
109 Norfolk Street, Bangor, ME 04401
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