Letter: Praise for Woodbury from Yarmouth candidate

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As many residents of Yarmouth and Senate District 11 may not know, our state senator, Dick Woodbury recently decided to not run for re-election after serving Yarmouth as our state representative from 2002-2008, and as state senator since 2010.

Woodbury’s passion for helping people, his congenial approach to effectively navigating the frequent contentiousness of government, and his reasoned voice will all be missed. To say that he is universally respected by his peers and constituents would be an understatement.

Two weeks ago I had the honor of being Woodbury’s guest at the Statehouse and I witnessed first-hand the genuine esteem and admiration expressed towards him, from the security staff at the entrance, to his colleagues on the Senate floor. But, beyond the friendly banter and displays of genuine affection was a deep-rooted respect that had been earned over many years of public commitment, political honesty, and personal sacrifice.

It is my sincere hope that Woodbury keeps his recent promise to “stay involved in policy development in ways to move us forward.” Fulfillment of that promise can only be to the benefit of residents in our area, and throughout Maine.

My promise if elected to represent Senate District 25: to serve to the best of my abilities, with honor, honesty and a tireless commitment to making education our highest priority, lowering the tremendous tax burdens that face both taxpayers and businesses, and to fight for equal respect, fairness and dignity for each and every Mainer.

Steve Woods