November’s election in Augusta has brought forth two capable individuals as candidates for mayor of Augusta. Of those two, Mark O’Brien shines brightest.

I personally attest to the qualities others have previously attributed to O’Brien: thoughtful, deliberative, inquisitive and rational. Simply put, I trust him and his judgement. He brings years of municipal experience: Augusta school board and Augusta City Council. He is an attorney who has made a career of helping small businesses in Maine.

Where Mark stands unmatched is community volunteerism. He has quietly worked many years both for the Augusta Area Food Bank and the Capital Area Recreation Association. He recently worked to help get the new Fuller Field for Cony High School.

I spent 44 years as an athletic official, traveling to athletic facilities all over Maine. Outside facilities for Augusta’s youth are among the finest in the entire state. Unlike those other facilities that are built and maintained with taxpayer funds, the fields along the Piggery Road have been built and maintained by volunteers. They were financed by private donations. The work done by Mark O’Brien and others have saved Augusta taxpayers literally hundreds of thousands of dollars.

O’Brien is a candidate for mayor who doesn’t just talk of the need to keep taxes down while providing adequate facilities and services, he has worked in the trenches to make that a reality in Augusta.

I am proud to cast my vote for Mark O’Brien and I urge all Augustans to do the same.

Donald F. Sproul


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