IT’S TIME TO BELIEVE IN MAINE AGAIN!
I’d like you to imagine what it would be like if our government was accountable, responsible and delivered measurable results on the many issues causing great concern among it’s citizens. We’ve come a long way in Maine State Government this last year in our efforts to accomplish just that. Looking back over the last four decades, there are no excuses for the mess we’re in as a state and a nation. Maine State government had over promised and under delivered for a very long time. State Government has tried to be all things to all people and has grown and spent your tax dollars at an alarming rate for almost 40 years. The simple truth is… Government is too big at all levels… it reaches into too many areas of our lives, and has become unacceptably intrusive and stifles the ability of the private sector to grow, create jobs and flourish. In many ways it’s harming the very fabric of our state and our nation. However at the state level we have a chance to create a new day where we can begin to believe in Maine again ….we’ve started to turn this ship of state around and have charted a new course in so many areas, desperately needed welfare reform, health insurance reform, regulatory reform, and the long needed review of individual departments agencies and programs for efficiency and fiscal responsibility. We have taken bold and major steps with the Maine Turnpike Authority and the Department of Health and Human Services. This is just the beginning, we can see a glimmer of daylight at the end of the tunnel and a better state government is beginning to emerge. We need smarter government, not bigger government.
In 2004 I started my first House campaign with these simple words: “Lower taxes, less government, more opportunities for the people of Maine.” I spent 6 years in the minority and in those years I submitted dozens of principled, Republican issue bills and did so against overwhelming odds, when the Democrats controlled the legislature. I did this, because I believe that we need to fight the fights on these issues that need to be fought, no matter the outcome of that day, on issues like Welfare Reform, Tax Reform, and making government more responsive and efficient in so many ways to the public who are paying for it. We needed to fight those fights so that the hard working citizens of Maine could see that there was someone, a small group of Republicans who were fighting the good fight for them and for their future.
When the voters of Maine turned the tables in the elections of 2010 resulting in a Republican majority in both the House and Senate as well as a Governor who would do the right thing for the people of Maine, they sent a clear message to Augusta. We heard that message. I and my fellow legislators submitted a lot of those ideas again. Some of them ended up in the Governor’s budget like welfare reform. Some of those ideas ended up in Department bills like eliminating the automatic increases on our gas taxes and some I submitted again as my own bills, all taking the best individual political path for that bill because I believe you can get a great deal accomplished when you don’t care who gets the credit for it as long as, when all is said and done the job gets done in the end. I am proud of that track record and a good number of those Republican principles are Maine law today.
I have done exactly what I said I would do. I have stuck to my core Republican principles and I worked hard as a full-time State Representative to accomplish those goals.
I believe an elected legislator has another important job as part of their position, that is to constantly communicate with their constituents, and I have kept the people of my House district informed, with over 70 articles in the Bridgton News, a regular show on Lake Region TV with Representatives Sarty and Sykes, 25 you tube videos interviewing fellow legislators on key issues in the 124th Legislature, dozens of appearances on Portland Radio and TV talking about issues from a Republican perspective, working hard to fill the media gap to get our message out. I have also kept a web site, richcebra.com and a district office direct phone line available for constituents to contact me so I could help them with issues that affect them individually, and I have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of my neighbors in the Lake Region.
I have attended countless meetings within the district and try every day to show the people what good representation looks like. I intend to do the exact same thing when I am elected to the Maine State Senate.
In my own spare time I have volunteered and been elected as a County party chair because I saw a real need there and I am proud to have put together a fantastic team that reorganized the Cumberland County Republican Committee into an effective party committee.
I’ve helped recruit good Republican Candidates, for both the House and Senate, from all around Maine and I’ve worked with dozens of candidates, from local Select Board and School Board races to Congressional and Gubernatorial Campaigns, on my own time, because I believe in the principles that make this party and this state great and that work, A limited government that gets out of peoples way so that they may grow and thrive.
It’s time for you to decide what direction you want your government to take …. Will it be to continue down the new path we started here in Maine in January 2011? If so, I will continue to take an aggressive non-stop approach and move us further in the right direction. The alternative is to simply return to the failed policies of the past. You decide in this election in 2012 which direction you would like Maine to go and what type of representation you want in Augusta!
You deserve a government that holds itself accountable, lives within its means, and gets the job done through representation that is responsive and responsible to you, in a manner of uncompromising integrity. I have done that for more than 7 years in the House of Representatives and I want to continue to move forward in the Senate, because there is still a lot of work to do.
I am ready to roll up my sleeves in the Maine State Senate and get the job done.
I would ask you to imagine better Government, you CAN believe in Maine again; now let’s get to work together and achieve it.