This week, U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon spoke with Mainers and local leaders in Aroostook County, visiting Aroostook County Action Program to discuss anti-poverty efforts in Northern Maine, touring a potato farm in Limestone and meeting with the farm owners to hear how the drought has impacted their crop, and visiting a recovery center in Caribou to learn more about the resources they provide to people with substance use disorder. While in The County, Sara also met with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office to discuss their work to fight the opioid epidemic and hosted her 31st Supper with Sara in Grand Isle.

Sara hosted a Supper with Sara in Grand Isle on Sunday.

On Sunday evening, U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon joined Mainers in Grand Isle for a Supper with Sara event. During the event, she shared her campaign priorities and vision for the state, which included her commitment to protect and expand access to affordable health care, take bold action to combat climate change, and create an economy that works for all Mainers.

Sara joined Aroostook County Action Program for a roundtable discussion in Presque Isle on Monday.

On Monday, Sara joined Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) in Presque Isle for a roundtable to discuss the two-generation approach to alleviating poverty and how the federal government can better support their work in Aroostook County. Sara also spoke with ACAP leadership about the importance of supporting families and working people through the pandemic by ensuring that they have enough to eat, are not evicted during the public health crisis, and can continue to work and take care of their children.

In the State House, Sara passed the landmark “Leveraging Investments so Families Can Thrive” (LIFT)  anti-poverty legislation to support hardworking families, grow the state’s workforce, increase funding for housing and heating aid, and develop education programs. Sara also supported the creation of the “Put ME To Work Program,” which partners with community colleges in Maine to create job training programs to train a new generation of workers in high-demand fields like logging, health care, and precision manufacturing.

Sara toured Edgecomb Farm in Limestone on Monday.

Following the ACAP roundtable, Sara toured Edgecomb Farm in Limestone and met with the farm owners to discuss how the severe drought in Maine has affected their crop and the importance of supporting the agriculture industry in Northern Maine.

As Speaker, Sara set the most aggressive goals the state has ever seen for reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy production and restored nearly $40 million in energy efficiency funding over Governor LePage’s veto. In August, Sara released her Climate Agenda to safeguard Maine’s environment and invest in renewable energy sources that includes reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy production, supporting Maine’s key industries, growing the economy, protecting Maine people, and preserving Maine’s natural environment.

Sara visited the Roads to Recovery center in Caribou on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday morning, Sara visited the Roads to Recovery center in Caribou and met with staff and volunteers to learn more about how they provide recovery resources to Mainers with substance use disorder in Aroostook County and how the federal government can bolster their work to fight the opioid epidemic.

After visiting the Road to Recovery center, Sara met with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about the sheriff’s law enforcement division and discuss their work to end the opioid epidemic in Aroostook County.

In the State House, Sara voted to expand addiction treatment and prevention programs and brought lawmakers together to override Governor LePage’s veto of her bill to address the opioid crisis that has saved lives in Maine. She also supported legislation that gave law enforcement more resources to fight the epidemic and passed a “Good Samaritan” law that protects individuals who report a drug-related emergency from prosecution.

In August, Sara released her Health Care Agenda to end the influence of big drug and insurance companies and expand access to affordable health care to all Mainers – including expanding access to affordable addiction treatment, creating bridge programs, funding education and prevention efforts as well as public health research, and holding big pharmaceutical companies accountable for their actions.