TIMES RECORD: Letter: Terry Hayes Can Govern with Civility

By Kerri Bickford, Topsham

On Nov. 6, there is a non-partisan, independent choice when it comes to deciding who will reside in the Blaine House for the next 4 years. Independent Terry Hayes, our current Maine State Treasurer, has my vote.

As the former Republican State Representative from Topsham from 2006-2012, I had the pleasure to serve with Terry in Augusta for six years. We came from different sides of the aisle, yet there was respect, civility and an ability to work together to solve problems for Maine.

Terry was in leadership during my last term, and I fondly remember her as someone I could work with, someone who listened, and although we didn’t always agree on the issues, she was someone I admired and could count on to put partisanship aside. Terry always tried to find solutions that we could agree on that were in the best interest of Maine.

It’s not a surprise to me that in 2014, Terry was elected by the Maine State legislature as the first independent State Treasurer. She has a proven track record of leading with integrity, a strong moral compass, and the fiscal discipline that Maine needs to be successful. She is a unifier, and her presence has been a breath of fresh air in the halls of Augusta since she began her public service.

It’s been six years since I have left office, and the political environment in Augusta has deteriorated to an all-time low. The partisan divide is wider than ever, and it’s time to get back to the days where representing Maine was a priority over political party affiliation.

Terry is running for Governor as an independent non-partisan woman who can put politics aside and end the partisan divide that is keeping our state from moving forward. With Terry Hayes as Governor, her vast experience combined with her natural ability to bring people together is a recipe for success. I hope you will join me on November 6 and make Terry Hayes the first woman, independent, clean elections Governor who will truly represent the people of Maine.


Read the original letter to the editor here.