Letter: Majority whip backs Nelson

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As House majority whip, I have worked with over 250 legislators during my time in Augusta. Among these, a handful stand out for their thoughtful and bipartisan leadership. Among this handful of rare leaders is Rep. Mary Nelson of Falmouth.

On the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Rep. Nelson has worked to align our learning systems and improve direct support for teachers and students. Her work has earned her sufficient respect that she serves on two national education policy committees, representing Maine to the National Council of State Legislatures and the Council of State Governments.

Rep. Nelson has excelled at serving her Falmouth constituents. From helping Falmouth join the Greater Portland Transit District to including the nearby mega-berth and Gulf of Maine Research Institute in our latest bond package, Nelson has been an impressive voice for the people and economic growth not only of Falmouth, but of all Cumberland County.

To help create jobs Rep. Nelson also helped extend Pine Tree Zone Business Tax Exemptions to all of Maine including Cumberland County, worked hard to streamline solar certification requirements and to boost clean energy and conservation efforts, and helped balance two state budgets without raising taxes.

Mary Nelson is that rare legislator who brings a wealth of experience, knows how to lead, listens to constituents and colleagues of all parties, and works across the aisle to make Maine work. I urge the voters of Falmouth’s District 112 to re-elect her on Nov. 2.

Rep. Seth Berry