Hi, I'm Meg.
WHERE I COME FROM
I grew up in a working-class, Irish-American family. When I turned 18, my mother told me, "Listen up, kid: In this house we vote for Ted Kennedy, and whatever else Ted Kennedy tells us to vote for.” She was joking (sort of) but this story makes me think about my deeply held values. I'm a Democrat because the core tenant of my political philosophy is the sentiment expressed by many writers and activists, from Emma Lazarus to Audre Lorde to Martin Luther King Jr. and more: No one is free until we are all free. Everyone is deserving of equal rights, everyone deserves a seat at the table, and in one of the wealthiest nations in human history, no one should starve or sicken because they can't afford access to food, medicine, or shelter. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness cannot be reasonably enshrined as rights when the deck is stacked against so many people simply because of who they are, or where and how they were born. We must work to dismantle the systems of inequity that pervade our nation. The modern Democratic Party should be a catalyst for social, political, and economic change in this country. I got involved in politics because I want to be part of that change.
My husband, Cory, grew up in Orono, and when he would tell me stories about his idyllic hometown, they sounded too good to be true. But when I moved here fifteen years ago, I soon found out that he wasn’t exaggerating. I feel fortunate that we’re raising our daughter here. Serving on Council has not only been a way for me to give back, but also to help shape the community in which she lives. And I know from my experience as a Councilor that we are at a critical juncture. So much about local budgets is determined by factors that are outside local control. The services that the Town of Orono provides to its residents—everything from snow removal to community programs, a broad spectrum of things that shape our daily lives here—are based on its population, but the Town operates on a significantly smaller tax base than communities the same size. The more the State can make good on its revenue sharing, school funding, and other promised reimbursements, the easier it is for the Town to maintain infrastructure and services while keeping property taxes manageable. We have been well-represented in Augusta throughout Ryan Tipping’s tenure. Now, in the midst of an economic crisis, we need a representative who can keep moving the ball forward. I am confident I am that voice for our community.