2018-08-16 / Letters

Senator has strong sense of community

To the editor:

As a young adult growing up in a tight-knit, small town on the coast of Maine, a sense of community means everything to me and my way of life. That’s why I’ll be voting for Sen. Justin Chenette in November, because he is a leader who not only represents my interests in Augusta, but actively works to build up his community back home – it’s one thing to be involved, it’s another thing to create new ways of improving people’s lives, especially for the next generation.

Justin started a nonprofit to live out his passion for service in our community. Since 2013, his volunteer organization has invested close to $10,000 to advance arts education, connect homeless Veterans to job training, help students afford college, and improve the lives of his constituents.

Every year he offers college scholarships to students at Old Orchard Beach High School and Thornton Academy to incentivize good civic engagement and promote local entrepreneurship. His arts grants helped to fund a world map mural project at OOB High that can now be seen in the hallways, new stage equipment at Saco Middle School, enabled Loranger to start a ukulele program, and Burns to purchase ethnic instruments for the students and double their strings budget.

No wonder Justin has been honored by two U.S. presidents with a gold level Volunteer Service Award for his community work. In 2008, by President George W. Bush and most recently in 2016 by President Barack Obama.

I’m supporting Justin Chenette for re-election to the Senate because there is no one that works harder for us and lives by what he preaches.

Nick LaCourse
Old Orchard Beach

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