On a recent snowy Monday afternoon, Mary Mayhew joined local Tea Party leader Gordon Colby for a tour of small businesses around Lincoln and Knox counties. Mayhew and Colby made stops at Frantz Furniture, On the Road Trailer Sales, Lincoln’s Country Store, Lewis Law and Auto, and RZR Hardware.
“One of my favorite parts of the campaign is spending time talking with local business owners, the folks that are providing jobs and increasing the size of the economic pie in their communities and our state,” Mayhew said. “Regardless of the business, I almost always hear from business owners that the government makes things harder than necessary. We need to respect these job creators and get government off their backs and out of their pockets.”
Following the visits with area businesses, Mayhew spoke to the Waldoboro Republican Town Committee at the Waldoboro fire station, explaining what motivates her to run for governor and her plans for Maine. Mayhew’s remarks were highlighted by her belief that Maine’s future can be brighter.
“I believe in better,” she said. “I don’t share the defeatist attitude of Maine’s progressive Democrats that Maine is second class and can’t be great. Gov. LePage has us going down the right path, and we need to stay on track and build on that success. I’m a firm believer that it is far more compassionate to help someone earn their first paycheck than send them their first welfare check. We need to grow our economy with good paying jobs, not grow dependency on government and increased taxes.”
Mayhew served as Maine Commissioner of Health and Human Services under LePage, a tenure that included historic welfare reforms with a focus on sound financial management. The primary election in Maine will be held on June 12.