Eric Brakey has my support for Maine Senate District 20 because of his work on welfare reform.

I was surprised by a recent letter to this paper from a supporter of his opponent, Bettyann Sheats, attacking Brakey’s call for work requirements on benefits for able-bodied adults without children.

According to the letter, Brakey said, “Getting working-age, able-bodied people back to work — collecting paychecks, instead of welfare checks — will be among my top priorities!”

Why would anyone think this is a bad thing? Welfare should be a hand up, not a handout.

Sheats is out of touch with the needs of Maine people. She voted to repeal work requirements during her time in the House. Now, during a workforce shortage, she wants to go to the Senate to continue opposing getting working age people back to work.

For welfare reform, Eric Brakey has my vote in Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland and Durham.

Michelle Tucker, Auburn

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