Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers announced today that Eleanor St. Peter, 11, of Presque Isle, will chair his youth coalition, "Kids for Charlie." Eleanor is a 5th grader at Zippel Elementary School, and has known Summers most of her life.
"As a father of three, there is nothing more important to me than our youth; the next generation is the future of our country," said Summers. "It is unconscionable to me that we are on a path to allow future generations to inherit out-of-control national debt, and a country headed in the wrong direction. As Maine's next U.S. Senator, I will do everything I can to cut government spending and erase this enormous burden we are set to leave our country's youth. We must do everything we can to make sure the future of our country and our economy are on track to allow the next generation to find good jobs and prosper."
Eleanor has been interested in politics for as long as she can remember, and organized a visit by Summers to her school earlier this year, at which Summers spoke to the entire 5th grade class. "Charlie is really nice, he listens, and he cares about what kids think," said Eleanor. "All of the issues Charlie talks about will impact me. It is important that people my age have a good future. The decisions made now will impact us later. Charlie will make a better difference for all of us in the future."
Summers will be in Aroostook County this week. On Wednesday, he will meet with Eleanor at a gathering for his campaign in Presque Isle.
Charlie Summers is currently Maine's 48th Secretary of State. He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a Commander with the United States Navy Reserve. He previously served as a State Senator, as State Director for Senator Olympia Snowe, as Regional Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and was a small business owner. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children and live in Scarborough, Maine.