I want you to be among the first to know that I've made it official.
Today, I am launching my campaign for re-election to the Maine Senate.
My mission is to continue fighting for principles of liberty, limited government and personal responsibility for all Maine people.
But I can't do it without your help.
This morning, I joined Matt Boutwell on Z105.5's "The Breakfast Club" to make my official announcement. While there, we spoke about many of the accomplishments we have achieved over the last two years.
To listen to my announcement, click here or on the image below.
When I think back on the last two years and what we have accomplished, I couldn't be more proud. While there are too many to list them all individually, here are a few accomplishments I am especially proud of:
Welfare Reform - As Chairman for the Health and Human Services Committee, I negotiated and passed legislation to finally prohibit the use of Maine welfare dollars for the purchase of alcohol, cigarettes, lottery tickets and other inappropriate purchases. I also sponsored and passed legislation to increase penalties for those caught defrauding municipal General Assistance programs.
Constitutional Carry - I couldn't be more proud to have led the charge to restore our 2nd Amendment rights as law-abiding citizens, making Maine the nation's 6th Constitutional Carry state.
Right to Try - I led the successful effort to push back against unconstitutional federal regulations, allowing terminally ill patients the "right to try" experimental medicines and treatments that have not completed the FDA approval process. With Governor LePage signing my bill into law, Maine has become the nation's 25th Right to Try state and the first in New England.
Opposing Corporate Welfare - Standing up for Maine taxpayers, I led the fight against a $50 million corporate loan program that would transfer money from Maine taxpayers to big, out-of-state businesses. Maine jobs will be created once we embrace free markets, not corporate welfare.
Lowering Taxes - We successfully lowered Maine’s income tax and gave tax cuts to businesses that invest here in Maine. I am also proud to say that I voted against every effort to raise taxes on Maine people.
While you and I have accomplished much over these last two years, our work is far from over.
I need your help to stay in the fight.
This campaign is about "Maine People, not Politics."
I didn't run for office to serve party leaders or special interests. I didn't run to play it safe or hide from difficult issues. I certainly didn't run to tell Maine people how to live their lives or spend the fruits of their labor.
I ran for office two years ago because I believe in something.
I believe in the Maine people. I believe in the importance of taking a stand on difficult issues. I believe in the ideals of personal liberty and limited government.
That's why I ran for State Senate two years ago, and it couldn't be more true today.
Augusta hasn't changed me, but we have certainly changed Augusta.
I hope you will join me and be part of that change.
If you believe, like me, that the fight for limited government and personal liberty is important, then please take a moment today and put those beliefs into action.
Thank you for all your support in the campaign ahead.
Sen. Eric Brakey
Maine Senate #20
Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls