Sara Gideon has proven leadership capacity. Her leadership on the Freeport Town Council demonstrates exactly the qualifications needed to be an effective state legislator responsive to her local constituency. Sara is able to deal with controversial and frequently emotionally divisive issues, convincing people to look at things with fresh eyes and new perspectives, guiding citizens, staff and colleagues to reach agreements. She has the capacity to know when to work toward putting out fires as well as when to actively lead with new initiatives and polices. Sarah has the intelligence, maturity and sensitivity needed in Augusta. She has demonstrated these traits well on the Town Council working energetically for the citizens of Freeport. She will ably represent Freeport and the entire state of Maine in the state Legislature.