I hope others will join me in supporting Melissa May Stevens on June 14 in her primary race to represent Lewiston in State House District 59. Stevens is the right candidate at the right time to represent the District on crucial issues facing the community.

An energetic single mom, raising three children, she is attending college to get her master’s degree while working in her massage therapy practice. She also devotes time to volunteer locally, advocating for fair wages, full funding for education, better housing conditions and tackling health threats such as lead poisoning.

Her perspective, energy and commitment are much needed in Augusta.

Melissa Stevens has proved she is ready to face the significant challenges of the future. Her real-life experiences have called her to serve and to give a voice for many who need to be heard.

It is time to elect candidates who will work hard for all residents.

Jim Lysen, Lewiston

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