To the Editor:

I am a candidate for the House of Representatives for District 78, comprising Rumford, Bethel, Hanover, Milton Plantation, Byron and Roxbury.

My career has been in business, with direct and extensive experience in starting and growing businesses in both the manufacturing (wood products at J.A.Thurston Company in Rumford) and tourism (The Sudbury Inn in Bethel) sectors of our local economy. These industries are the cornerstones of our regional economy, and we must do all we can responsibly do to promote these economic engines. I am running to be a representative for all of the district, not just Democrats or Republicans, and my interest is in what is best for the citizens and the welfare of Western Maine. My entire business career has been centered on a collaborative, meet-in-the-middle approach to problem solving. My priorities are these:

•  Promoting tourism: it’s “clean” money that involves out-of-state dollars coming to and staying in Western Maine and feeding our families.

•  Promoting forest products manufacturing: The woods are our greatest renewable resource.

•  Providing temporary tax-incentives to attract businesses to our state and region.


•  A healthy climate to enhance both of our economic drivers and keep us safe, including renewable energy incentives.

•  Demanding accountability from our utilities providers: Our utilities cost far too much and provide far too little in dependability and performance.

•  Strengthening our educational system: This speaks for itself. The future is bleak without it.

I hope voters will consider voting for the person who can do them the most good, not the party name attached to the candidate. I can’t have much of an effect on the price of gas at the pump or the performance of the stock market, but I can speak from experience for the best interests of the people of Western Maine.

Dave “Fuzzy” Thurston


Democrat candidate for House of Representatives, District 78

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