Since moving to Belfast nearly five years ago I have become increasingly aware of Erin Herbig, currently the majority leader in the state House of Representatives. Her name kept turning up everywhere. It seemed as though she was somehow magically able to be in several places at once. I was sure she had to be the busiest legislator in Augusta. I became very impressed with her obvious work ethic and her relentless support of her constituents.

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Erin and hearing her talk about what she considers the most important issues for the future of Waldo County and its residents. Erin is now running for state Senate representing District 11. I cannot think of anyone better qualified.

Erin grew up here, and after college decided to return to serve this community which had nurtured her in her formative years. She works tirelessly to promote the growth of business in Waldo County and to create opportunities for young people to stay in Maine and expand our workforce. As the House chairwoman of the Aging Caucus, she has also been a forceful advocate for seniors. Erin understands the importance of education, affordable childcare and healthcare, paid family leave, and creative approaches to the treatment and prevention of Maine’s drug crisis.

Waldo County couldn’t ask for a more intelligent, capable, and energetic senator than Erin Herbig. I fully support her and hope that voters will do the same this November.

Jay Holland

Belfast

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