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Saco Businesses Support Chenette for State House

From right to left: Ry Russell, Saco Drive In; Justin Chenette, State House 
Candidate; Hydie Knuckles, Bello In-Home Salon; Steve Fennell, Saco Solar; 
and Michelle Goulet, Kidz Go Eco Preschool.  Photo by Colleen Spears.
From right to left: Ry Russell, Saco Drive In; Justin Chenette, State House Candidate; Hydie Knuckles, Bello In-Home Salon; Steve Fennell, Saco Solar; and Michelle Goulet, Kidz Go Eco Preschool. Photo by Colleen Spears.
Posted Oct. 02, 2012, at 12:10 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 02, 2012, at 12:47 a.m.

Saco, ME – In the race for State Representative in District 134-Saco, the choice is becoming clear; Justin Chenette is the small business community’s top choice to help turn the economy around.

“As a small business owner, and a family who has owned and operated a business in the city of Saco for 30 years, there has never been someone, like Justin Chenette, who has gone above and beyond to introduce themselves, to show interest in what our business is providing in our local community, and to show sincere recognition that small businesses are the backbone of Maine’s economy,” says Kidz Go Eco Preschool Owner, Michelle Goulet off Flag Pond Road.

Chenette’s background includes both private and public sector experience. Chenette currently works at Rocky Coast Marketing working with clients and meeting deadlines in web and media relations. Chenette has worked for WPFO-Fox 23 as Assistant Morning Producer for Good Day Maine in addition to Maine Medical Center’s Physician Hospital Organization as a video contractor. His journalism work on TATV Channel 3 while at Thornton Academy and hosting the show ‘Youth in Politics’ on WPXT/WPME is most notable as someone who held both sides of the political aisle accountable. Chenette has also served on the State Board of Education appointed by the Governor and served as a member on the City of Saco Communications Committee.

He is currently a member of the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce, Maine Successful Thinkers business group, and is one of the lead organizers of Saco Bikes for Kids. “We have enjoyed watching Justin’s community service oriented career over the years and have an appreciation for his time and efforts devoted towards the betterment of his community,” says Steve Fennell, owner of Saco Solar. Through his work on the Saco Spirit Board of Directors, “Justin always highlights and supports Saco and our Main Street, which is important to a small 91-year-old shop like Sam’s Place,” says owner Kathryn Garrity.

In order to take Maine’s ranking from last in the entire country for the state’s business climate to the top 10, Chenette believes reforming the state’s tax system is a must. Chenette believes we should be rewarding small businesses that create jobs through economic incentives in addition to promoting the Maine brand to attract new job creation.

“Justin Chenette understands how important it is for us small business owners to create jobs, while giving us a tax structure that doesn’t over burden a small business owner like myself,” says Goulet. Chenette’s campaign motto of ‘our government needs to be leaner and our wallets thicker’ seems to resonate with small business owners that come in contact with Chenette’s work.

Ry Russell of the Saco Drive-In Movie Theater agrees strongly with Chenette’s stance saying; “As a business owner we have to make strategic decisions every day, a vote for Chenette is just a good business decision. He has sat with me and discussed my concerns and I know he will represent all Saco business owners as if he, himself, is an invested partner.”

“Justin’s common sense approach to community leadership is exactly what Augusta needs a taste of: someone who fundamentally cares about this community, its citizens and the future of this state,” says Mike Fernald, owner of Wilderness Kids Firewood.

For more information on Justin Chenette’s plan to rethink priorities, reform policy, and renew commitment you can visit www.justinforsaco.com.

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