House Democratic Office
October 21, 2011
Contact: Jodi Quintero [Hayes], 287-1488, c. 841-6279
Democratic Radio Address –
Lawmakers must hear from the public on clean elections
Good morning, I’m State Representative Terry Hayes of Buckfield and the assistant House Democratic leader.
Thank you for tuning in.
In the next week, lawmakers in
With strong majorities,
Clean Elections allow every day citizens to have the strongest influence on your representatives.
Thanks to Clean Elections, the Legislature is populated with farmers, teachers, carpenters, millworkers, retirees, and small business people – not just lawyers and professional politicians.
If you are a small business owner and you want to make a difference in state politics, you can because of Clean Elections.
If you are a retiree and you want to spend your time serving your neighbors, you can because of Clean Elections.
If you are self-employed and you want to help your community, you can because of Clean Elections.
You don’t need to have personal
wealth or a war chest to serve the people in
You need to work hard, knock on doors, and earn the vote of the people who live in your area.
Instead of courting high-paid
lobbyists, candidates for office who run “clean” can focus on the problems and
Clean Elections has proven to
limit the influence wealthy out of state corporations and special interests have
on our lawmakers. The difference can be seen in how well our lawmakers from both
sides of the aisle work together. The Maine Legislature has a reputation for
finding bipartisan compromise on what is best for
For over a decade, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents have used clean elections funds to run for office. In fact eight out of ten current lawmakers used clean elections funding to run their campaigns.
Now our Clean Elections system is at risk in
Without some alternative to the matching funds, our Clean Election system will be less viable for candidates for state House and Senate seats, especially those who may have a tough campaign. If an alternative to our matching funds system is not in place soon, fewer candidates will be able to compete effectively using Clean Elections.
And, fewer Clean Elections candidates means more private fundraising and outside corporate influence in our politics.
Some lawmakers are advocating that we do nothing to fix the system. This can not be an option. Doing nothing closes the door on a system that was mandated by the voters to keep politicians focused on constituents, not special interests.
We don’t want our state politics
to look like
If we do nothing to fix the
Thank you for listening. I’m State Rep. Terry Hayes form Buckfield.