I am writing to endorse Patrick Norton to represent Freeport in the Maine House. I’ve known Pat for nearly 10 years through our connection with the doctoral program in public policy at the Muskie School at USM and he is a man of great integrity and insight. Pat was born in Maine, has lived in Freeport for 20 years, and understands local and state issues.
He is clearly the most experienced candidate in the race. Pat has 22 years on the nonpartisan Maine legislative staff, including six years as the head of the Legislature’s Office of Policy and Legal Analysis. He understands how to get things done which is really important in the current partisan atmosphere. The lack of experience among new legislators usually makes them ineffective for the first session or two, so Pat’s long experience with legislation means he can hit the ground running, which is really important with the current upheaval in Augusta.