2016-04-14 / Letters

Support former Biddeford legislator in June primary

To the editor:

I’m writing this letter in support of Joanne Twomey for the Senate 32 seat in the Jun Primarye where there will be a special voting day against two Democrats.

Joanne Twomey, a former legislator, represented part of Biddeford (District 135) from 1998 to 2006. As a state lawmaker, Joanne served on the State and Local Government Committee, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry committees. She also served as chairman of the House Standing Committee on Engrossed Bills. She sponsored bills that sought to reduce prescription drug costs, establish a living wage, repeal fingerprinting and background checks of school employees and create a single-payer system for universal health care, which was later vetoed by then Gov. Angus King. She termed out after eight years.

Joanne Twomey was elected mayor of Biddeford in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2010. She was mayor when the city chose to get a bond to help renovate Biddeford High School. Our taxes went up but it was well worth it because it was something for the future generation. Our library in Biddeford is another place I can support because it keeps children off the streets.

Some of the people in Biddeford only remember the Vaseline episode and tell their friends they think bad of Joanne. Well, I was there and the governor was not being nice. He cut the meeting short when he was the one who asked her what her question was.

You have to listen to the video because he cut her off and didn’t want to answer her. So the Vaseline was a gesture of how he gives it to the people and she was standing up for Sen. Troy Jackson of Maine’s 35th Disrict because there was no need of referencing him like that.

“Sen. Jackson claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline,” LePage said, according to WMTW. “He is bad. He has no brains, and he has a black heart.”

This governor has been getting away with a lot and no one does anything because they are afraid of him.

Biddeford’s new city manager has that power over the city council and the mayor. Now James Bennett says he cannot put the police chief on administrative leave because they need different information. What else does he need?

If Joanne was in there, this wouldn’t be dragging and costing so much taxpayer money. So if you have a caring heart, you will go out and support Joanne Twomey in June and all the rest of our people who work hard by attending city meetings weekly to see what goes on in this city.

Barbara Corbeil Biddeford

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