I have been reading statements of support for various candidates, which are based on vague generalities. I would like to share two concrete reasons why I support Deborah Simpson for state Senate.
Years ago, I approached her about testifying in a case in which one of her co-workers was being sexually harassed at work. Co-workers are often reluctant to speak up in such cases because they fear retaliation. She agreed to come forward, even though she was nervous about losing her job. That was an act of courage that I respected.
Willingness to speak up under difficult circumstances is an important quality for a state senator to have.
Her effectiveness as a legislator was recognized in Augusta by her appointment as House chairwoman of two important committees. Residents of state Senate District 15 also benefit from her service in those leadership positions.
Curtis Webber, Auburn