Having served as a Lincolnville selectman for the past decade, I know how important it is for our elected officials to work together to find solutions to the challenges we face as a state, but I’ve seen precious little cooperation in Augusta in recent years. Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, has been one voice of reason in the Legislature. In his role as Maine Senate president, he has often rejected partisan bickering and worked to bring all sides together to find solutions.

In the coming weeks we’ll all be reading many letters to the editor saying what a great job Candidate A will do and how horrible Candidate B is, and often those views are based on knee-jerk allegiance to one party or another.

Personally, I’m registered independent. I did not vote for Thibodeau when he ran for the Senate in 2010, but because he has shown a genuine concern for working together for the betterment of the people of Maine, this November, I will be voting for Thibodeau for the first time, because he’s earned my vote.

Rosey Gerry