As Mainers, we are privileged to live in a state that offers so much natural beauty. From mountains, to farmland, to the beautiful ocean vistas, we are surrounded by splendor in all corners of our state. When I was a child, my mother was determined to show me as much of that beauty as possible so that I would never take the precious resources of this state for granted--her lessons are deeply ingrained in my character. Although I moved away briefly, I knew I would always return here to settle and raise my family, and I am now teaching my mother's lessons to my own children. As your State Senator, I promise to make sure our state's precious resources our protected for generations to come.