Janet Mills and Paul LePage encountered tough economic times during their first terms. But they took different approaches to addressing them.
Gubernatorial candidate Republican Paul LePage, right, responds to a statement by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills during a debate on Oct. 4, 2022 at the Franco Center in Lewiston. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

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To the attention of my fellow educators: When you vote please remember the lack of support, the denigration of teachers, the proposed cuts to education and the freezing of pensions that came with the previous governor. It has taken the present administration to finally bring the increase in funds that have been so needed.

Only now have retirees received the increases in their pensions that they deserved and needed. I vividly recall the many negative statements and blame for every perceived educational problem that teachers and educators received from the previous governor.

Working professionals and retirees in the field of education need the support and encouragement that has been available through the Mills Administration. Please keep this in mind as you vote.

Nancy L. Gilbert