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Rep. Mattie Daughtry joins the Moose Morning Show + Talks about ‘Late High School Start’ Bill

By Mac Dickinson

If you’ve ever had a teenager, you know how hard it is to get them going in the morning. Heck, you probably remeber yourself dragging through the first few periods of school. Well, Rep. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, is proposing to delay the start of Maine high schools. The idea is to help students get more sleep.

Daughtry is sponsoring a bill to delay the start of school until at least 8:30am. The proposal would require 11 uninterrupted hours for students between the end of after school activities and the start of the next day.

According to WGME, the American Academy of Pediatrics says that teen sleep deprivation is a public health issue that can impact academics, as well as physical and mental health. Their studies show that it’s tough for teens to fall asleep before 11pm because their natural sleep cycles are impacted by puberty.

How would a new bill affect after school activities, including sports? That’s one of the major points that will need to addressed.

The bill is currently in the committee on education and cultural affairs and within the next few weeks a public hearing is expected to be held.

Rep. Mattie Daughtry joined us on the Moose Morning Show to discuss her bill.

Cost of higher education draining Mainers

By Noel Gallagher

….“College debt is completely devastating my generation,” said Maine Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, who is 27 years old and a member of the Legislature’s Youth Caucus. “I’ve spoken to thousands of my peers across the nation and state, and we’re being robbed of our future.”

Colleges and politicians are scrambling to respond but there have been few options during such a deep and wide economic downturn.

Daughtry co-chairs a special committee exploring college affordability in Maine, and colleges across the nation are cutting staff and programs to save money, while looking to boost revenue by raising tuition, adding high-demand majors and recruiting foreign students who pay higher tuition…

Early voting amendment prevails in House, but falls short of two-thirds majority needed

By Mario Moretto

AUGUSTA, Maine — Unless a handful of representatives change their votes, a constitutional amendment to allow early voting in Maine elections likely won’t be sent for voter approval in November.

The measure was approved Thursday in the House of Representatives by a 92-56 vote, largely along party lines. That’s enough support to advance the bill through the legislative process, but short of the two-thirds necessary to give the final approval needed for constitutional amendments.

Maine already allows for early voting by absentee ballot, but the bill, LD 156, would allow voters to cast their ballots by showing up at their local polling place before Election Day. Each municipality would be allowed to opt out of conducting early voting.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Michael Shaw, D-Standish, and has the support of the ACLU of Maine and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, whose department is responsible for the administration of elections. It is opposed by the Maine Municipal Association.

Absentee votes are available for any reason up to three days before the election. When they are filled out and delivered back to the polling place, they are held until Election Day, when the ballots are cast by the polling official, usually a town or city clerk. Early voting would see the voters cast their ballots themselves at their local polling place.

Supporters of the effort say early voting would make it easier for Mainers to participate in elections by giving them more time and options to vote. They argue that true early voting would alleviate lines at the polls and make Election Day easier to manage for municipal clerks.

Expanded options for voting are needed in the 21st century economy, said Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, during debate in the House on Thursday. Flexibility for those working long hours or multiple jobs is necessary “until we make Election Day a federal holiday,” she said…

Maine college affordability bills earn bipartisan pitches

The bills suggest, among other things, attending school for free and paying tuition back over time.

Press Herald, January 30, 2014

By Noel K. Gallagher

Maine lawmakers from both parties urged the Legislature’s Education Committee on Wednesday to pass two college affordability bills, including studying the idea of students attending college for free and paying back the state with a percentage of their income.

The so-called “Pay It Forward” model is being explored by more than a dozen states, and Washington has launched a pilot project, according to Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, who sponsored one of the bills. His bill calls for the Legislature to form a study group and come up with a proposal for a pilot project, perhaps testing the model at a single campus, or limiting it to a certain percentage of students.

“Let’s kick the tires a little,” Katz told the committee members at a public hearing Wednesday.

Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, has proposed a similar bill to study Pay It Forward and several other college affordability models.

“It’s critical we do this,” Alfond said Wednesday. “This is the issue we should be tackling.”

Alfond’s bill also looks at scholarship programs with incentives for degree completion; tuition guarantees that allow students to pay the same tuition rate for four years while they attend a public institution; and dual enrollment programs, which allow students to attend a community college for three years and then transfer to a university for one year.

Both bills simply suggest that the programs be studied and a recommendation returned to the Legislature.

Across the nation, college tuition has skyrocketed in the last two decades, according to the College Board. The average cost at public colleges, including room and board, has increased 20 percent in the last five years to $18,391. As tuition increases, concern about the amount of student debt graduates carry has escalated.

In Maine, 67 percent of college students graduate with debt, and carry an average debt load of $29,352, according to the Institute of College Success, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. That puts Maine slightly below national figures of 71 percent of students carrying debt at an average of $29,400 per student.

“College debt is strangling my generation,” said Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, a member of the committee who testified in favor of the bills on behalf of the Legislature’s Youth Caucus. “Young Mainers are facing an uphill battle and college debt is a major factor in what is setting our generation back.”…

Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon 

Bangor Daily News, January 29, 2014

By Mario Moretto

AUGUSTA, Maine — College is expensive, and many Mainers, like students around the country, have to borrow a lot of money to earn a degree.

But imagine attending a two- or four-year college or university in Maine without having to pay any tuition costs up-front. Instead, you sign a deal to pay a fixed rate of your income for a predetermined amount of time after you graduate.

If you become a doctor, you’ll pay more than a teacher, but both pay the same share. If you don’t get a job, you don’t owe anything until you do. Then, the money you and your classmates pay into the system covers the cost of the next generation of students.

Lawmakers in Augusta are considering two bills that would have the state explore the possibility of setting up that type of system. It’s already been adopted in Oregon, which could launch the program as early as next year. Similar plans are under legislative consideration in 16 other states.

It’s all meant to address the rising costs of education and ballooning student debt that many have said will be a drag on economic recovery as college grads devote even greater portions of their income to student debt repayment than ever before.

Nationally, the cost of attending college spiked 42 percent from 2000 to 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Education. In Maine, the average college graduate leaves school with nearly $30,000 of student debt. Tuition has grown faster than the rate of inflation or median household incomes, while state aid to students and appropriations to public universities have remained flat or decreased.

That debt load is “stifling” the generation of Mainers who carry it, said Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, a leader in the House Youth Caucus and member of the Legislature’s Education Committee.

All that debt means “many young adults have to put the next steps of life on hold,” Daughtry said Wednesday. “Many move back in with their parents because they can’t afford to live anywhere else. I did. Others cannot afford to purchase a car, get married, purchase a house or save for a family. This has a larger impact on our economy.”

On Wednesday, the Education Committee held a joint public hearing on two bills designed to make a college education in Maine more accessible…

Report: Maine schools with higher percentage of poor students typically have lower academic performance

Bangor Daily News, January 10th, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new study concludes that the percentage of a Maine school’s student population who live in poverty is the single best predictor of academic performance.

Lead author David Silvernail of the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at the University of Southern Maine presented the findings to the Legislature’s Education Committee on Thursday. He told the committee that the percentage of students whose families live in poverty, along with per-pupil regular instruction spending and teacher education levels, account for 70 percent of the difference in student performance between schools in poorer and more affluent communities.

Furthermore, students at schools with more children living in poverty fall further behind as they move from elementary to middle and high school, the study indicates…

As the Education Committee and Department of Education explore funding options for K-12 public education in Maine, Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, a member of committee, said Friday, “I think it shows we need to potentially tweak the [school] funding formula we’re working on right now to address these economically disadvantaged schools and see what we can do to boost student achievement.”

Daughtry was struck by data showing that high-poverty schools affect all students, not just those who come from economically disadvantaged households.

An “innovative and multipronged” approach is necessary, she said, rather than “just throwing more money at the problem.” Among her ideas are a state-facilitated summer school program or an extended school year.

Law to ease local acceptance of additional state education money fails in the House

Bangor Daily News, July 9th, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill designed to help school districts accept additional dollars allocated by the Legislature last month failed Tuesday in the House of Representatives by a vote of 97-54.

LD 1566 would have affected local school districts that had approved their budgets for the next year before the Legislature enacted a $6.3 billion budget bill that raised subsidies for public schools by about $30 million overall. The bill, which applied only to the 2013-14 fiscal year, would have let school boards accept the extra money without holding a second budget validation vote, as is now required by law.

“LD 1566 is a tool to allow schools to use those funds,” said Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, who is a member of the Legislature’s Education Committee. “This is about local control.”

But some disagreed. Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, voted against the bill in the name of transparency.

“Taxpayers supporting our schools should absolutely have a word on how money is spent on education,” she said. “I do not support this bill.”

Rep. Joyce Maker, R-Calais, agreed with Sanderson.

“To just not have a vote at the end just does not seem right to me,” she said.

The measure now heads to the Senate, which could revive the bill with two-thirds support and send it back to the House.

Bill to protect nursing mothers in workplace wins House approval

Press Release, June 7th, 2013

AUGUSTA – A bill that protects the rights of nursing mothers in the workplace won House approval by a vote of 90-52 on Thursday.

“Maine has a rich history of leading the nation on important civil rights protections, but nursing mothers have fallen through the cracks,” said Rep. Anne Graham, D-North Yarmouth, the bill’s sponsor. “Working mothers deserve full equality in the workplace.”

The bill, LD 777, makes it unlawful employment discrimination under the Maine Human Rights Act for an employer to fail to provide accommodations for a nursing employee.

“This bill is an important step forward for all working mothers in Maine,” said Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, a cosponsor of the bill. “It provides real protection for mothers who want to provide their children the benefits of breast milk after they return to work. Rep. Graham’s bill helps bring our state closer to true gender parity.”

The current penalties are toothless and do nothing to help women who need to express milk at work. A nursing employee’s only recourse now is to bring a complaint to the state Department of Labor, if she is still employed, or, if she has lost her job, to ask the local district attorney to bring a suit. In either case, the most severe sanction against the employer is a $500 fine that goes to the state, not the mother.

Nothing in current law requires an employer to rehire a worker who was fired for nursing, Priest said. Graham spoke of her own experience as a working mother who was able to breastfeed her children but encountered hurdles in her workplace.

“I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner, and I’m a mom – a working mom – and I found it difficult to breastfeed my kids while working,” she said on the floor. “Breastfeeding is the best, most healthy nutrition you can give your child for the first two years of life.”

Protection under the Maine Human Rights Act provides a fact-finding process that encourages the employer and worker to resolve matters without going to court. LD 777 also provides a private cause of action for violations of state law to the employee.

The important health benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and their children are widely recognized.

“Seventy percent of mothers are in the workforce and a growing number of mothers are the sole breadwinners for their families,” said Rep. Ann Dorney, D-Norridgewock, a family practitioner. “The children of working mothers should be able to have the long-term health benefits that the nutritional and infection-fighting properties of breast milk provide.”

Graham’s bill has the support of organizations including the Maine Osteopathic Association, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

“This measure will strengthen Maine’s public policy in support of working mothers who wish to provide their babies with the physical and developmental benefits of human milk,” Eliza Townsend, executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby told the Judiciary Committee.

Representatives of the March of Dimes testified that the benefits of breast milk include prevention of obesity, many acute and chronic illnesses, sudden infant death syndrome, asthma and allergies in children.

“Breastfeeding is the best method for feeding virtually all newborns. Breast milk fulfills an infant’s total nutrient requirements and provides antibodies that protect infants from disease,” Kneka Smith and Erin O’Connor-Jones of the March of Dimes Maine chapter, said in testimony.

Contact:

Ann Kim 287-1488

House and Senate Agree that charter schools should be totally nonprofit

Bangor Daily News, June 3rd, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would require charter schools to be operated by nonprofit organizations passed successfully through both the House and Senate.

LD 671, An Act to Protect Charter Schools by Requiring Them to be Operated as Nonprofit Organizations, pass through the House 85-11 last week and through the Senate 21-13 on Monday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, is designed to prevent a nonprofit organization from gaining approval for a charter school and then hiring a for-profit company to run it…(continue reading)

Bill to change Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority board dies

Times Record, June 3rd, 2013

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A bill that would have added two seats to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s board of directors died Monday when neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate would budge in a legislative standoff.

LD 1476, An Act to Protect Local Input in Economic Development and Redevelopment Efforts, sponsored by Rep. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, passed the House on May 30 by an 88-55 vote. However, it was rejected 30-5 in the Senate a day later.

The House subsequently insisted on a report of ought to pass, setting up the bill’s eventual demise when Sen. Seth Goodall, D-Richmond, in turn moved to accept the Senate’s majority report of ought not to pass.

Without resolution or either side willing to budge, the bill died in legislative limbo…(continue reading)

Mattie bats for Brunswick

Times Record, May 31st, 2013 – Editorial

Mattie Daughtry deserves a lot of credit. Her bill to get local representation on the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors met with only the disdain and obstruction of longtime state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky and Rep. Charlie Priest, both Brunswick Democrats, neither of whom has presented a credible argument for their opposition.

Daughtry, a freshman legislator who could have easily fallen under the spell of backroom deal making, was able to move the bill ahead on the House floor even though it had narrowly failed to win the endorsement of a committee swayed by Gerzofsky’s veteran lobbying tactics.

Priest, Gerzofsky and state Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, are invited to describe to our readers why giving localities in the Brunswick Naval Air Station impact communities a voice in the redevelopment of a major parcel of land at their borders is such an awful idea.

Kudos to Daughtry for going to bat for Brunswick in the face of inexplicable opposition from the players of inside baseball. And a reminder of effective municipal representation for Gerzofsky and Priest.

House and Senate divided on bill to give Brunswick, Topsham seats on redevelopment board

Bangor Daily News, May 30th, 2013

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A day after the Maine House of Representatives passed a bill to expand the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority board by two seats, to be designated by the towns of Brunswick and Topsham, the Senate voted the bill down.

Rep. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, who sponsored the bill, said Thursday she hopes it will now be sent to a committee for the two legislative bodies to “reach some sort of accord.”

LD 1479 would add two seats to the 11-member board of trustees of the MRRA — the entity charged with redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station — with one seat to be appointed by Brunswick officials and the other by Topsham officials…(continue reading)

Democrats continue support of school ranking system to replace controversial A-F scale

Bangor Daily News, May 22nd, 2013

UGUSTA, Maine — The prospect of creating a new school ranking system to replace the one unveiled by the Department of Education earlier this month advanced to the full Legislature on Wednesday without any Republican support.

Democrats on the Education Committee banded together in support of LD 1540, An Act to Fix and Improve the System Used to Evaluate or Rate Public Schools in Maine, which faces an uphill battle that could well include a gubernatorial veto.

The concept of creating an A-through-F grading system for all public schools in Maine was first voiced by Gov. Paul LePage during his State of the State Address in February. That system was unveiled earlier this month, triggering protests from educators and legislative Democrats who said it does more harm to Maine schools than good. Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen and many Republicans framed the system as heightening accountability for schools, particularly the low-scoring ones. About 75 percent of Maine schools received a C or below…Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, supported the measure.

“I still personally think A through F is a cruel way to grade our schools,” said Daughtry. “This is something we need, which is a more comprehensive way to grade our schools.”…(continue reading)

Brunswick lawmaker says ‘backroom politics’ is plaguing base redevelopment bill

Times Record, May 21st, 2013

BRUNSWICK, Maine — After failing to gain committee favor by a single vote, a prospective bill to give Brunswick and Topsham direct appointments to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority board of directors now will have to win approval during a floor argument in the House of Representatives.

The bill, LD 1476, authored by Rep. Mattie Daughtry, D–Brunswick, left Friday’s work session in the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research, Economic and Community Development tied, with six votes each “ought to pass” and “ought not to pass.”

Sen. John Cleveland, D-Auburn, cast the tie-breaking vote Monday afternoon. Attempts to reach Cleveland for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Town officials long have complained that redevelopment of the former naval air station is being done without enough — or, at times, any — municipal input.

MRRA’s board is appointed by the governor. Although five of the board’s 13 members live in Brunswick, their charge is to act as advocates for business, not necessarily for the town.

State Sen. Stan Gerzofsky and Rep. Charlie Priest, Democrats who both represent parts of Brunswick, lobbied against the bill. Gerzofsky called it redundant and “unnecessary.”

Daughtry this morning said she believes the bill was scuttled for reasons other than policy.

“I’m disappointed that the committee didn’t debate the policy aspects of the bill and instead focused on backroom politics,” Daughtry said.

“It was a piece of commonsense legislation that didn’t get a fair chance. I’m hoping I can win votes on the floor.”

No date yet has been set for LD 1476’s floor appearance.

The Forecaster, May 16th, 2013

BRUNSWICK, Maine — One of Brunswick Landing’s major developers is supporting a bill that would give Brunswick and Topsham more input into redevelopment of the former U.S. Navy base.

Topsham-based Priority Real Estate Group was joined by local officials and residents in its support for LD 1476, An Act To Protect Local Input in Economic Development and Redevelopment Efforts, at a legislative committee hearing Monday morning in Augusta.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, would expand the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority board by two trustees appointed by Brunswick and Topsham.

“It is essential to our success that the MRRA board, town and [Maine Department of Economic and Community Development] work together to coordinate their efforts for the development plan for Brunswick Landing,” Priority Group spokeswoman Kerri Prescott said. “Without this representation on this deliberative body, we are ignoring the concerns of these two communities.”…(continue reading)

Proposed redevelopment bill incites war of words between Brunswick legislator, town councilors

Bangor Daily News, May 12th, 2013

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A bill sponsored by freshman Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, has fiercely divided Brunswick’s legislative delegation and town officials, further inflaming years of conflict over redevelopment of the former Navy base.

Daughtry’s bill would would add two seats to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, one to be appointed by the Brunswick Town Council and one to be appointed by the Topsham Board of Selectmen.

She said Saturday that she sponsored the bill after hearing from constituents that they weren’t aware of redevelopment activity at Brunswick Landing. She also wants to ensure that the two communities most directly affected by the closure have direct representation on the board…(continue reading)

Lawmakers sorting through proposed rules for virtual charter schools

Bangor Daily News, April 12th, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine — Virtual charter schools were caught in a tug of war Friday between legislative proposals that would make them impossible in Maine to one bill that would put state government at the forefront of opening and then running them.

No virtual public charter schools currently exist in Maine, though there are private ones available and some schools offer virtual courses to supplement normal classrooms. However, virtual charter schools, in which students learn primarily through online classes, are likely in Maine’s future in one form or another since a law was passed by the Legislature two years ago that allows them.

Despite the passage of that law, the debate over charter schools has not ended and much of it recently has been centered around virtual schools.That debate continued for about five hours Friday afternoon in the Education Committee…Another bill, LD 671, An Act to Protect Charter Schools by Requiring Them to be Operated as Nonprofit Organizations, seeks to pull corporate interests out of the creation of schools in Maine, according to bill sponsor Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick.

“Profit motives should not determine Maine students’ education opportunities,” said Daughtry to the committee. “These schools should fit the needs of Maine students and not be driven by monetary gain.”…(continue reading)

Local State Representatives receive committee assignments

Press Release, December 16th, 2012

AUGUSTA – Last Thursday, all 151 State Representatives received their committee assignments from Speaker of the House Mark Eves.

  • Rep. Matthea Daughtry, D-Brunswick, has been appointed to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.
  • Rep. Jeremy Saxton, D-Harpswell, will serve on the Marine Resources Committee.
  • Rep. Charles Priest, D-Brunswick and Rep. Jennifer DeChant, D-Bath, have been appointed to the Judiciary Committee, with Rep. Priest serving as House chair.
  • Rep. Peter Kent, D-Woolwich, will serve on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
  • Rep. Andrew Mason, D-Topsham, will serve on the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee.

“I’m excited and honored to serve on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee,” said Daughtry. “As a graduate of Brunswick public schools, I’m particular excited about this assignment and look forward to helping improve Maine schools.”

The Educations and Cultural Affairs Committee oversees the state Department of Education, along with the university and community college system, the Maine Arts Commission, Maine State Library, Maine State Museum and Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation.

“I am pleased to have been appointed to the Marine Resources Committee,” Saxton said. “In my district, commercial fisheries are an economic driver and I want to ensure the health of this important industry.”

The full legislature has 16 joint standing committees which will begin work early in January. A list of committee members can be found at 126th Legislature.

Contact:

Erik Gundersen [Daughtry, Saxton, Priest, Kent, DeChant, Mason], 287-1430

Newly elected lawmakers sworn in to 126th Maine Legislature

Press Release, December 5th, 2012

AUGUSTA – Today, 151 newly-elected House members were sworn into Maine’s 126th Legislature. Of the 151 members, 89 are Democrats, 58 are Republicans, two are independents, and two are un-enrolled.

During remarks on the floor, the newly-elected 101st Speaker of the House Rep. Mark Eves, D-North Berwick told the new representatives they had a mandate to work together to improve Maine’s economy.

“Over the course of the last year, collectively, the lawmakers in this room spoke with hundreds of thousands of Mainers,” said Eves. “All across our state from Kittery to Fort Kent, the message was the same: Help put Maine people back to work. Maine people want their leaders to focus on strengthening our economy. Together, it is our mandate to do so.”

There are 65 new members of the Maine House, 10 of which have prior service in the House.

“We have microcosm of Maine here today,” Eves told the House members. “We have representatives from city districts, coastal areas, the mountains, blueberry and potato country, and rural areas across our state. Professionally, we have small business owners, retired teachers, farmers, doctors, nurses, former selectmen and women, coaches, a former state trooper and a sheriff.”

Of the 151 members of the House, 76 were born in Maine, 15 of them in the communities they currently represent. The 151 members have been elected to serve two-year terms.

Contact:

Jodi Quintero, (House Democrats) 841-6279 (m)

Dan Demeritt: Two young candidates for the State House offer hope for a new start in politics.

An Augusta Republican and a Brunswick Democrat show why we should thank those who run for office. 

Maine Sunday Telegram, November 4th, 2012

Despite the tactics, tantrums, nuisance and noise of campaigns, I still love heading to the polls on Election Day and casting my ballot.

I love that voters get the final word and am truly inspired by the commitment to service and community shared by so many seeking elected office across our state.

Not convinced? Consider the tale of two Matts and have your faith restored.

Unknown to each other until approached about this column, Matt Pouliot of Augusta and Mattie Daughtry of Brunswick are 25-year-old first-time candidates seeking a spot in the 126th Legislature. While they come from different parties and parts of Maine, there is a lot more that unites them than their age and names…(continue reading)

Letter: Daughtry best pick for House 66 Seat

The Times Record, October 10, 2012

To the Editor:

Voters in Maine’s 66th legislative district will choose from three candidates. The race is really between Fred Horch, the Green Independent; and Mattie Daughtry, the Democrat.

Fred and Mattie agree on many issues, diverging most clearly on raising the minimum wage, which Mattie supports and to which Fred is opposed.

Where they really differ is where it counts. While Fred has no experience at all in Augusta, Mattie has been laser-focused on the Legislature as a legislative watchdog for Maine’s Majority. She’s already been working hard for years on our behalf.

Mattie Daughtry is a Democrat who, even without holding office, has already won the respect of a number of members of the Legislature. As clear as she has been about her opposition to Governor LePage and most of his agenda, she has still been able to garner support from Democrats and Republicans on bills she has cared about.

An extraordinary listener who also has plenty to say, Mattie already commands the respect of leaders of both parties because she is thoughtful, bright and well informed.

As a Democrat, she won’t operate alone but as part of a team, and as a fervent believer in bipartisan politics, she’ll work both sides of the aisle with consummate skill.

If you believe, as I do, that Maine has been ill-served by our current governor, please don’t waste your vote casting it for a very qualified candidate whose independent status will render him largely ineffective. Vote instead for Mattie Daughtry, who has every possible qualification and has already proven her effectiveness in Augusta. She won’t be a lone voice; she’ll be a team leader.

The Rev. Frank C. Strasburger
Brunswick

Letter: Send Daughtry to Augusta

The Forecaster, October 1, 2012

I write in support of Mattie Daughtry for state representative from House District 66. Mattie is one of Brunswick’s own, graduated from Brunswick schools and has returned to contribute to the state that she loves. Her commitment to advocating for excellence in public schools will be a strong positive in Augusta.

Mattie espouses transparency, Democratic values and she is extremely articulate. Mattie brings a strong political background with experience navigating legislative hallways. She has literally been in politics vicariously via family and friends who’ve held offices at local and state levels since she was very young.

Mattie is uniquely qualified to deal with the problems and political machinations of Augusta today.

Jane Millett
Brunswick

Letter: Horch wrong, Daughtry right for Brunswick

The Forecaster, October 1, 2012

In examining the record and person of Fred Horch, I find him wrong to represent Brunswick. Horch claims to be an independent, seeming to be another Angus, but he is not, he is a Green candidate, with a set agenda and platform. The town and state require balance and a measured approach to move forward; I don’t believe Horch can offer this. His attacks on Mattie Daughtry for her youth and inexperience is insulting. Mattie has been a front-row center viewer of the state’s politics for her entire life. She is the embodiment of what we claim to want in Maine: a brilliant daughter who comes home to make her life here.

Mattie is some of the best Brunswick can offer, we should show her off by voting her into office.

Carol Wishman
Brunswick

Three-way race in Brunswick for House District 66 seat

The Forecaster, September 27, 2012

BRUNSWICK — A former corporate lawyer and business owner, a retired science teacher, and an artist and nonprofit business consultant are the three candidates vying for the state House District 66 seat…(continue reading)

Letter: Brunswick should send Daughtry to Augusta

The Forecaster, September 24, 2012

Brunswick needs a strong voice to represent us in House District 66. The woman with that voice is Mattie Daughtry.

Mattie, a lifelong resident of Brunswick, wants to give back to the community which has given her so much. Whether it’s making sure there is additional education funding for Brunswick; ensuring the success of the development of Brunswick Landing or striking the balance between business and environment, she will be an effective voice for Brunswick.

The last Legislature cut $3 million in education funding for Brunswick. Those cuts have harmed our schools and placed the town in a difficult situation of having to raise property taxes to make up the difference. Mattie will go to Augusta to make sure Brunswick isn’t being short-changed.

Let’s send Mattie Daughtry to Augusta to fight for Brunswick.

Toby McGrath
Brunswick

Letter: Daughtry will be a legislative leader for Brunswick

The Forecaster, September 24, 2012

Fred Horch, the Green Independent running for representative in House District 63, says he’ll be able to broker compromise in the Legislature. Fred doesn’t understand that a broker requires leverage, and the only leverage a lone independent would have is his own vote.

Mattie Daughtry has spent years in Augusta working on our behalf as a legislative watchdog for Maine’s Majority, drawing admiration and respect from legislators on both sides of the aisle. At 25, she’s the same age as Olympia Snowe and Mike Michaud when they were first elected and, like our best leaders, is both a good listener and someone worth listening to. As a Democrat who believes fervently in bipartisanship, she won’t operate alone but as part of a team; unlike both her opponents, she understands how to negotiate legislative politics and has already shown she can represent Brunswick’s interests effectively.

Your choice: lone voice, or team leader?

The Rev. Frank C. Strasburger
Brunswick

House District 66 Election in Brunswick has a whole new look

The Forecaster, July 17, 2012

BRUNSWICK — All three political parties have selected new candidates to run for the Maine House District 66 seat in November.

At their caucus on Sunday, the Brunswick Democratic Town Committee unanimouosly chose Matthea Daughtry, 25.

Brunswick Dems nominate Daughtry for District 66 race

The Times Record, July 16, 2012

BRUNSWICK — About 35 Brunswick Democrats unanimously chose Matthea Daughtry to run for the District 66 seat in the House of Representatives, replacing Alex Cornell du Houx as the Democratic candidate on the November ballot.

Daughtry, a lifelong Brunswick resident and graduate of Smith College, was nominated by Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, who said Daughtry “believes in all the Democratic Party values and is going to be able to take those values up to Augusta … she’s going to be a dynamo and she knows where her feet are planted.”


Brunswick Democrats replace Cornell du Houx on ballot

The Bangor Daily News, July 15, 2012

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A photographer and consulting firm principal stepped forward and was unanimously approved to replace the embattled Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx at Saturday’s Brunswick Democratic Town Committee caucus.

Matthea “Mattie” Daughtry, 25, will replace Cornell du Houx on the ballot for House District 66 in Brunswick.

State Rep. Candidate Hopes to Move On From Predecessor’s Controversial Exit

WGME News, July 15, 2012

Democratic State Rep. candidate Mattie Daughtry spoke to News 13 on Sunday, saying she hopes to move forward from the controversy surrounding her predecessor. State Rep. Alex Cornell Du Houx dropped his bid for re-election, saying he plans to serve in the U.S. Navy starting in January. State Rep. Erin Herbig filed a Protection From Abuse order against Rep. Cornell Du Houx in the spring, after a relationship between the two ended.

Brunswick Democrats set date to pick Cornell du Houx’s replacement

The Portland Press Herald, July 5, 2012

Matthea Daughtry confirmed that she plans to seek the Democratic nomination for District 66. Daughtry, in a written statement, wrote that she wants to help Democrats “take back the House and make sure that Augusta is serving the needs of the working people of Brunswick and Maine.”

Matthea “Mattie” Daughtry Announces Candidacy for HD 66 (Brunswick)

Dirigo Blue, July 5, 2012

BRUNSWICK, ME – Matthea “Mattie” Daughtry announced today that she is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Maine House District 66.