Sara Gideon and I served for five years together as trustees on the Freeport Community Services board. We co-chaired the annual Chowder Challenge twice and I witnessed her impressive organizational skills. Sara is an intent listener and someone who sticks by her values. Last fall she handled a difficult Town Council situation and more recently, Sara has acted in her role as a councilor and concerned parent to work with the PORT Teen Center to overcome a financial crisis. By bringing together key elements in our community, she demonstrated her ability to solve problems through reaching out and coordinating available resources. A candidate for the Legislature should have had “hands-on” local leadership experience and a real sense of community. Sara has both, and will be a strong model for bi-partisanship as well.