Community support for a thoughtful, committed reformer

Next week area voters have a chance to send a thoughtful, committed reformer to Augusta, Brian Hubbell.

Brian’s opponent is a good man with his own record of public service in the town of Bar Harbor and if this election were merely a contest about local commitment the choice would not be easy. But the more significant choice on election day is about where we will go as a state in the next two years – in short, whether we continue down the path of habitual incivility, disdain for public health, contempt for labor, hostility to a clean environment, draconian Medicaid cutbacks, and attacks on the teaching profession. That is the path of Governor Paul LePage, as he has amply demonstrated.

It is not the path of Brian Hubbell.

Brian believes that government should serve all the people, not just the few. He believes that, working together, Maine people can chart a different course, a course that emphasizes equal opportunity, public investment in Maine’s children and infrastructure, and a streamlined regulatory environment that protects Maine people who rely on clean air and clean water as essential building blocks for strong families and good jobs.

During the previous administration, we watched with growing admiration as Brian, almost single-handedly, served as lead watchdog against the state’s initial overreach and then as public advocate for smarter school reform statewide. Consolidation was coming, but without Brian’s involvement in Augusta where he earned respect on both sides of the aisle, it would have been far less fruitful.

First as co-chair of MDI’s inter-municipal reorganization planning committee and then as the first chair of MDI’s new Regional School System, Brian has helped to shape island-wide school policy and gained the trust of his peers from other towns, demonstrating that he is a leader who is able and willing to keep an open mind – a rare trait in this era of increasing partisanship.

Because we believe Brian represents a welcome break with the recent past in Augusta, and because we know he will listen hard and work even harder, we urge voters in District 35 to send Brian to Augusta on Nov. 6.

Ruth Westphal, Cranberry Isles
Anne Welles, Southwest Harbor
Ray Vonder Haar, Bar Harbor
Jane Tawney, Southwest Harbor
Bonnie Tai, Bar Harbor
Jeri Spurling, Cranberry Isles
Kate St. Denis, Bar Harbor
Gail Royal, Southwest Harbor
Caroline Pryor, Mount Desert
Jason Pickering, Cranberry Isles
Maudie and John March, Mount Desert
Gail and Rick Leiser, Bar Harbor
Julian Kuffler, Mount Desert
Moorhead Kennedy, Mount Desert
Mary Jellison, Southwest Harbor
Eric Henry, Southwest Harbor
Bo Greene, Bar Harbor
Patsy Fogarty, Southwest Harbor
Elsie Flemings, Bar Harbor
Lindsay Eysnogle, Cranberry Isles
Kaitlyn Duggan, Cranberry Isles
Millard Dorrity, Bar Harbor
Dorothy and Jim Clunan, Mount Desert
Ken Cline, Bar Harbor
Tom Burton, Bar Harbor
Susan Covino Buell, Southwest Harbor
Milja Brecher-Demuro, Bar Harbor
Molly Bogue, Bar Harbor
Connie Blaney, Bar Harbor
Elmer Beal, Mount Desert

…a unique ability to get things done when the stakes are high, the time is short, and the pressure is on.

It is with the greatest pleasure and enthusiasm that I endorse Brian Hubbell of Bar Harbor to become a member of the Maine House of Representatives.

I have known Mr. Hubbell for many years as a parent and school committee member during the time that I served as your superintendent of schools.

Brian has all the personal characteristics of a great leader. He is bright, hardworking, understanding, compassionate, and dedicated to doing the right thing all of the time to benefit the largest number of people possible.

He listens very carefully to all sides of an issue before making a decision that may have a profound effect on a person’s life and he does not take the impact of those decisions lightly.

Mr. Hubbell does not take no for an answer and can find his way to the root cause of a problem and work with the people to fix it with great tact and persistence.

Above all, Brian has a unique ability to get things done when the stakes are high, the time is short, and the pressure is on.

Brian Hubbell has been a selfless public servant for the citizens of MDI for many years. The time has come for those same citizens to broaden his positive influence on productive change and send him to AUgusta to represent them on the complex statewide issues that affect us all.

Robert Liebow,

Commitment and dedication

To the Editor:

Brian Hubbell and Paul Paradis are competing for election to Maine State Legislative District 35 representing Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Southwest Harbor and the eastern portion of Mount Desert, and despite my best efforts to convince these two fine men to simply share the job, it appears that a choice must be made.

I had the good fortune to work daily with Brian as clerk-of-the-works on the Northeast Harbor Library’s construction project from 2005 through 2007, in which capacity I witnessed his commitment and dedication to the project, his wisdom and ability to explain and negotiate among differing opinions, his willingness to go the extra mile.  I also was peripherally involved in his opposition to Governor Baldacci’s ill-considered educational reform effort, and know first hand that his dedication to the education of our children is boundless. Brian understands and cherishes the varied character of our island people and communities.  Finally, I was privy to his dignified and polite response to injustice, and I therefore know his integrity is tested and proven.

I hope you will join in supporting Brian Hubbell’s election to our legislature, for he will bring to bear wisdom, commitment and civility we sorely need.

Robert R. Pyle,
Northeast Harbor
September 27, 2012

An independent thinker and good listener with the best interests of the community at heart

I write to express my personal support for Brian Hubbell, a local candidate for  the Maine House of Representatives.

Maine Conservation Voters, a statewide, non-partisan organization where I serve as board chair, also has endorsed Brian in his bid for the Legislature along with 97 other candidates seeking Maine House and Senate seats.

These candidates stand out for their demonstrated commitment to protecting Maine’s environment.

Brian’s campaign approach – Lets Work Together for MDI – sums up what will be one of the great strengths he brings to the job. A genuine interest and ability to work together to govern Maine are much needed qualities in Augusta (as well as Washington, D.C.).

In his years of service on our district school board, Brian has proven himself a leader and creative problem solver. He’s an independent thinker, good listener and has the best interests of the community at heart.

A candidate’s environmental ethic is only one lens I use to evaluate a candidate, but for me it’s an important one. Maine’c lean air, water, land, and wildlife are the roots of our economy and way of life. Our natural resources support good health, recreations, and well-paying jobs in every corner of the state. The set Maine apart and are our biggest competitive advantage.

Go, Brian!

Caroline M. Pryor,
Mount Desert