Candidate for governor speaks at Knox Democrats annual fundraiser
Owls Head — The eleventh annual John Syrett Lobster Bake enjoyed a picture postcard perfect day and setting recently at the Owls Head home of Ken and Barbara Wexler.
This summer feast of lobster, fellowship and reunion is key to raising the funds the Knox County Democratic Committee needs to run its campaign headquarters during election season. In addition to event sponsors and ticket sales, supporters’ donations contributed to the success of the bake again this year.
A featured guest was Congressman Mike Michaud, who had recently declared his candidacy for governor. Congressman Michaud has more than 30 years of public service beginning with election to the Maine House in 1980, followed by nine years in the Maine Senate.
He has represented the Second District in Congress since 2003. He spoke with pride of observing Congress function as it should as ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The committee took 34 unanimous votes before the break on pieces of legislation, which will become seven bills to be presented to the House. Caring for veterans, particularly their ongoing health needs, has been a longtime commitment for the congressman.
Michaud recalled serving on the Appropriations Committee in the Maine Legislature during earlier hard economic times when Republican and Democratic committee chairs met in his office every morning before the session to plan the day, in the process building the trust and communication, which made it possible to get things done.
His goals as governor include enhancing trade with the European Union through Maine ports, protecting Roe v. Wade in Maine law, aggressively mitigating climate change, developing a renewable energy industry and fully implementing the Affordable Care Act by expanding MaineCare and by creating health insurance exchanges, as both will benefit Maine economically.
A second featured guest was entrepreneur, businessman and civic leader, Steve Woods, a declared gubernatorial candidate since January. Since his visit to Knox County, Woods has stepped aside and announced his unequivocal support for Mike Michaud.
In his remarks at the bake, Woods spoke of his 35 years experience working and doing business in 50 states and 20 countries. He now runs his marketing and event-planning business, TideSmart Global of Falmouth, from Yarmouth, where he is Town Council chairman.
His goals looking ahead for Maine include keeping children here and developing in them a higher level of civic awareness and engagement so they will not live in a climate of petty partisan fights. He supports a week of citizenship curriculum during the senior year of high school as one way to address this. He feels the state must plan more for the long term by supporting education and by building capital reserves to deal with our huge unmet infrastructure needs.
Other attendees included First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, accompanied by grandson Smith Pingree, visiting from Brooklyn, County Commissioner Carol Maines, Sen. Chris Johnson, Rep. Joan Welsh, Sen. Ed Mazurek and Democratic National Committeeman Phil Bartlett.