1. Preserve Our Unique, Pristine Natural Environment.
2. Balance Environmental and Economic Needs.
Maine is a very special place to live and raise a family. The stunningly beautiful coastline, clean lakes and rivers, and majestic mountains help define us. Our rural character is shaped by open spaces and small towns with churches, Main Streets, and town halls.
When I was a boy in Waterville, if you fell in the Kennebec River you had to get a tetanus shot. We should all be proud of the decades of hard work to restore many of our natural assets. We cannot go backwards in the protection of our environment.
"We can have both: increased prosperity and a preserved natural environment."
Some worry that economic progress will forever change our landscape and relaxed pace. Change is always difficult, but it's inevitable. In my lifetime Maine has changed. Some for the better, like cleaning up our environment. Some for the worse, like tearing down historic buildings in downtown Waterville for "urban renewal."
Our next Governor will be responsible for better balancing the economic needs of our families and preserving our environment. Our abundant natural resources provide many sustainable jobs in industries such as forest products, fishing, and tourism. These natural resources also provide expanded opportunities for green jobs. We can have both: increased prosperity and a preserved natural environment.
Our next Governor should be somebody who grew up in our great state. Someone who deeply feels and appreciates how special this place is. Someone who can balance our environmental and economic needs. I can do that.