Weekly Radio Address: Sen. Libby calls for common purpose to improve Maine after divisive election

Posted: November 10, 2016 | Senator Libby, Weekly Radio Address

The ballots are counted and the long, contentious election season is behind us. Now, we focus on the future, and how to work together to build a better state of Maine.

This is Senator Nate Libby from Lewiston. Thanks for tuning in.

Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston.

Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston.

Elections are by their very nature divisive. We engage in spirited, sometimes unpleasant debate about the best candidates and policies to improve our communities, our state and our country. People have differences of opinions. But men and women cast ballots with clean consciences for the people and ideas they think are best. In the end, not everyone wins. That’s the nature of the beast.

But campaigns are intended to end. When they do, those of us with the privilege and responsibility of serving in elected office are meant to turn our attention toward governing. That means good-faith cooperation with our colleagues from all political parties. It means working for all our constituents, whether they voted for us our not. It means focusing our efforts on good policy for Maine people, not on the next election.

Democrats will continue to champion workers’ rights, civil rights, women’s rights and LGBT rights. We’ll continue to fight for equality of opportunity. For an economy that works for everyone, not just the people at the top.

But while we will stand our ground, we know that no matter what anyone says, none of us can do the hard work alone. I intend to work with anyone focused on Mainers’ best interests. We’ll need to work together to help Mainers and their families have better lives tomorrow than they do today.

The issues before us are not small. We need to craft policies for workforce development and job creation. We need to ensure that no one who works full time finds themselves in poverty. We need to fight for property tax relief for our families and seniors, and tax reform to close loopholes that benefit the rich, so that everyone pays their fair share. Student debt relief, clean and renewable energy, research and development, infrastructure projects. All of these must be part of an aggressive agenda for growth and opportunity.

Together, we can rise to the task ahead. I encourage all of you listening to join us. Reach out to your elected officials. Participate in the civic process. The work of building a better state of Maine isn’t just for those of us in Augusta. It’s going to take all of us.

This has been Senator Nate Libby. Thanks for listening.