When you ask Pinny Beebe-Center, a candidate for Maine’s 12th Senate District, who she considers as role models, she’ll mention Margaret Chase Smith. Many of your readers won’t remember this stalwart of Maine politics, but Smith is worthy of study. Her work in DC (House Reps. 1940-49; US Senate 1949-1973) was marked by moral courage (read her “Declaration of Conscience” from the McCarthy era) and getting things done.

Pinny Beebe-Center follows in Smith’s footsteps as one who believes in the power of politics to get things done — chiefly by getting people of all persuasions to sit down and talk through complex problems. In her three terms as a Maine House Representative, and in her years as Knox County Commissioner, teacher, non-profit organizer (AIO Food Pantry, Knox County Homeless Coalition, New Hope), Pinny has worked to give a voice to the voiceless, protect the Maine fisheries, lowered property taxes, and worked to bring communities together, not have them torn apart by difficult issues.

I strongly support Pinny for Maine Senate District 12 and leave you with these sage words of Margaret Chase Smith: “My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned, not bought.”

Go vote on November 8. Democracy depends on it.

Molly Mulhern