I am writing in support of Sara Gideon in the June 12 Democratic primary for state representative representing Freeport and Pownal. Sara has demonstrated what it means to shape her community and to actively lead. Through years of dedicated service with Freeport Community Services and as an elected town councilor, she has a true understanding of the financial challenges confronting our towns, schools, and families. She has utilized her skills to build the coalitions necessary to create a unifying vision to solve our communities’ most pressing issues. She has shown her commitment to fostering open and honest communication with her constituents. If Tip O’Neill is correct that “all politics is local,” then I believe that the skills and passion Sara has utilized in her community work will be an extraordinary benefit to Freeport and Pownal as she advocates for local issues in Augusta.