Today, U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon toured oyster farms on the Damariscotta River to discuss oyster farming, aquaculture, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Maine’s marine economy. Sara also visited the Mid-Coast Veterans Resource Center and met with leaders in the veterans community to learn about their work connecting mid-coast veterans with critical services and discuss how the federal government can better support Maine’s veterans.

Sara toured oyster farms on the Damariscotta River on Monday morning.

In Lincoln County, Sara joined Pemaquid Oyster Company owner Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen and Glidden Point Oyster Company owner Ryan McPherson on the Damariscotta River to discuss Maine’s aquaculture industries and the challenges oyster farmers are facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic after restaurants were forced to close. Sara and the oyster farmers also discussed what more is needed from the federal government to support Maine’s marine economy through the pandemic.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Sara has called for additional federal relief to support Maine’s marine industries, toured Portland’s working waterfront to meet with seafood producers, and met with lobstermen and fishermen in Stonington to discuss the challenges they’ve faced as a result of the public health crisis.

Sara visited the Mid-Coast Veterans Resource Center in Brunswick on Monday afternoon.

On Monday afternoon, Sara visited the Mid-Coast Veterans Resource Center in Brunswick and met with Director Richard Mears and other staff to discuss their work helping mid-coast veterans. During the visit, Sara and facility staff discussed the importance of expanding access to mental health services for veterans, improving the VA, and honoring veterans for their service to our country.

In the State House, Sara worked to identify gaps in services and benefits provided to our state’s veterans so that veterans can access the services they need. She helped increase homelessness prevention efforts for Maine veterans, passed a law improving access to mental health care for Maine’s veterans, and voted to create systems in Maine’s universities and community colleges to help students who are veterans. She also passed a budget that included $1.5 million for the Maine Veterans Homes, essential organizations that serve veterans across the state.