FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, the State House is surrounded by fall foliage in Augusta, Maine. The Democratic-led state Senate voted Tuesday, June 4, 2019, to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. The house approved it the day before. The office of Gov. Janet Mills said she has not yet taken a position on the bill. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

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Change is needed after many years of the same old same old. Stephen J. Hemenway has experience with important issues facing Belfast, Belmont and Northport as well as the state of Maine.

Most importantly are the issues of parental rights and crime. Hemenway currently produces a public access family television program across the United States and on YouTube called “The Children’s Corner.” It is a show promoting education and family values.

He is a retired deputy sheriff of 32 years in the Los Angeles area. Understanding and knowing the multiple issues of criminality is important for every community.

Hemenway’s goals are to sponsor rights of parents, an energy tax holiday lowering energy taxes during winter months and restoring   town and city zoning decisions taken away by Gov. Janet Mills and the Legislature. This removed some zoning rules for homeowners and can significantly decrease one’s property values.

Rep. Jan Dodge has served multiple terms. Vote for change and Stephen J. Hemenway.

Deborah J. MacKinnon

Belfast

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