When I moved here 13 years ago, an independent was in the governor's office and Maine was represented in Washington, D.C., by two Republican senators and two Democratic congressmen. Clearly, Mainers vote on the basis of character and qualifications, not party affiliation. Those of us in Brunswick House District 66 have an opportunity to practice this with a vote for Fred Horch. Fred will bring the experience of a small-business owner, parent and committed member of our community to Augusta. Fred's independence will enhance his effectiveness in the Legislature. House bills will earn his vote on their merits, not their party of origin. He will be free to represent Brunswick fully. Fred Horch possesses the values, experience and perspective we need in our elected leaders. I hope you will join me in supporting his bid for the District 66 seat.