Misty Coolidge is a mother of three, a former paralegal, a notary, and the owner of two businesses, a mobile bar service (Maine Mixologists) and a wedding venue (Coolidge Family Farm) located in the Upper Village of New Gloucester. When she's not busy planning weddings or taking care of her family, she enjoys restoring the historic communities of Gray and New Gloucester and dedicating time to community service and providing food to needy families. Her passion for serving and helping others shows in all she does. Misty hopes to raise awareness for her work as Mrs. Maine International 2018 and she wants to better address her community's needs in the legislature next year. Talking to voters in 2020 is different than other years. Online, on the phone, at your door, or at the polls on November 3rd, she want to know what matters to you! Thank you for your interest and Misty humbly asks for your vote for State Representative.
A strong economy is not possible without an educated work force. A strong school system is critical. Key to this is preparing students from pre-K through High School not just for the next step, but for the world beyond. Our priority is to teach to the student, not the test. We need to focus more resources on our vocational education system for our students and for our economy, which will continue to beg for more skilled workers. My leadership in education has been proven through my service on the MSAD 15 School Board. Being the mother of three young children, advocating for students, educators, and families will be a top priority for me in Augusta.
Being the owner of two small business, we need to use our tax dollars more wisely. This means making sure everyone is paying their fair share, and we don't overburden our middle class. Small businesses are the backbone of Maine's economy, and we need to ensure tax fairness so we encourage opportunities for Mainers who want to start or build their business.
If we are going to be more successful at tackling the opiate epidemic, we are going to have to provide better healthcare, education and social supports for those struggling with substance use disorder. By training more healthcare professionals in treatment best practices and making sure those who need it get the most effective treatment, we can begin to tackle this problem. Too many Maine families, including my own, have been harmed by the opiate epidemic. Substance use disorder is a medical problem and not a moral failing, and we should treat it as such.
Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege. The ongoing pandemic emphasizes even more the need for everyone to access affordable, quality care. With so many Mainers losing their employer-provided insurance, the need for affordable healthcare is greater than ever. When my husband and I were both laid off the jobs we'd held for years, we were faced with finding health insurance for our family of five we could pay for. I know the stress that comes with not having insurance. When I get to Augusta, I'll fight so no Mainer avoids the doctor just because of the bill.
Our region’s economy is heavily dependent on our wonderful environment and excellent water quality. States can fight against roll backs in environmental protections at the federal EPA by making sure our state protections remain robust. Better planning to address the impacts of climate change on our infrastructure and environment will become even more important. As we attempt to deal with invasive species, increased pollution from runoff, and public health issues like tick-bourne diseases, Maine will need strong advocates in the Legislature. That's why while serving on the MSAD 15 school board, I was part of the vote to invest in local solar energy. Doing this will lower our energy bills and put our school on the path to using 68% renewable energy. I'm also proud to have voted for a new greenhouse project. This space will become a interactive classroom for our teachers and students.
I was raised in the small town of Norridgewock, Maine in a family avid hunters. My stepfather worked as a game warden and we were taught the importance of gun safety. We can preserve Mainers' Second Amendment Rights while also having commonsense, sensible regulations like reg flag laws, which prevent people struggling with a mental health crisis from using a gun to harm themselves or others.