Fred Horch on Civility and Respect

We should treat each other with civility and our planet with respect. As a Green Independent, my values are clear: I will keep our environment safe and I will independently make up my own mind on the issues after careful consideration. I will trust, but verify. You can count on me to listen to you with an open mind, no matter your political persuasion, and make decisions that build goodwill and better friendships across partisan divides.

As a Green Independent, I will promote civility in politics. I will always be reaching out to both major parties to develop and enact legislation that helps Maine work better for everyone. Unlike major party politicians who may be tempted to force through spending and laws along party lines, I will be a constant catalyst for bi-partisan solutions.

As a former attorney and long-time policy advocate, I understand how our legal and political systems work. I speak the same language as the lobbyists, so I won't be bamboozled by them. With years as a corporate lawyer and business owner under my belt, I have the education, training and background necessary to read and understand energy, taxation, and health care bills myself, rather than always having to rely on others to explain their legislation to me. My political strategy will be to engage on the substance of legislation, rather than to grandstand.

One of the reasons I decided to run as a Green Independent is to help our legislature work better. A few independent legislators in the House help the whole institution achieve more. The independent caucus is valuable because it bridges partisan divides, and can propose new approaches when the two major parties become deadlocked or mired in recriminations.

As your legislator, I will always keep in mind the four-way test that Rotarians like me use as a moral code:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

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