Elect legislators who will 'fix, not fight'

By Marty Grohman | Jun 10, 2018

I grew up on a working dairy farm in the western Maine town of Carthage. Anyone who was raised on a farm learns quickly that you can’t survive if you don’t work together. When it’s starting to rain and the hay needs to get into the barn, neighbors pull together to get the job done.

When I used my chemical engineering degree to develop the idea of a form of composite lumber, and then set up a factory to produce composite decking planks right here in Maine, it was a big endeavor. I had a lot of ups and downs, and lots of help. There were nights I slept in the plant or worked the overnight and never slept at all. It was a 24/7 operation. But in business, just like on the farm, bringing people together is the only way to solve problems and get the job done.

My company grew to employ 75 hardworking Mainers, grossing more than $30 million in sales. By working together, the leadership, the shift leaders, the suppliers and the team members built that business into a successful manufacturing company that endures right here in Maine.

There are so many good people doing good things in our state right now. Maybe you’ve seen me on TV or listened to my podcast, where I work with entrepreneurs as a mentor and coach. I do that because I want them to have the same success I had.

But I’m worried about what’s happening in Washington right now. We face enormous challenges. We have an out-of-control opioid epidemic. Health care is unaffordable. And these issues have to be taken on at the federal level by our representatives in Congress.

The national parties in Washington have ground progress to a halt. Our politics has gotten more caustic, and our nation’s problems only continue to grow as they are ignored by an entrenched, dysfunctional Congress. It seems like we just lurch from crisis to crisis, never really fixing the core issues.

I take a different approach. My whole life has been about bringing people together.

And it works. My volunteer work with veterans' groups and addiction recovery groups has shown me that. I’m honored to have been named an honorary life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America for my efforts honoring these men and women of valor – so often forgotten. I’m equally honored to have been recognized by the Maine Sheriffs Association with their Presidential Citation Award for working to allow police agencies to support each other. There’s no doubt that great things can happen when people join together for a common purpose.

I will bring that same spirit of working together to Congress. I am nonpartisan. I’m not divisive. I will vote for the best idea, and work relentlessly for the citizens of Maine’s 1st Congressional District.

I know I can’t change Washington by myself. But if we keep sending people down there who will work together, and fix, not fight, we can change the direction of this country.

Marty Grohman is a two-term state legislator representing Biddeford. He is running as an independent for Congress in Maine's 1st District.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 13, 2018 19:04

I love the message of HOPE and inclusiveness Mr. Grohman brings to the table. This man not only talks it, HE WALKS IT!!

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 13, 2018 18:27

Sounds like a winner here!

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