Waldo County is fortunate to have Chip Curry as our incumbent senator and I strongly endorse Chip for reelection.

Over the past 25 years, I have had the pleasure of working with Chip in many areas, but mostly in our shared passion for positive youth development and supporting youth prevention-based programs. In all our work together, he exemplifies the ideal of our nation’s founders for an engaged citizenry. In his work, he is knowledgeable and skilled. In character, wise and empathetic. In action, involved and committed to his community.

For example, over the years, we have brought groups of youth to visit the State House to encourage civic engagement and learn about our state government. During the height of the pandemic, it was not possible to make our usual trip to the State House with our seventh grade youth but Chip joined the kids on a 90-minute Zoom visit where he gave them a virtual tour of the State House and discussed the role of the Legislature. He respectfully engaged with the youth on a wide range of topics. They felt valued and listened to.

In April of this year, we brought another group of seventh grade students to visit the State House. Chip and his staff made all the arrangements. They gave the youth an inside tour of the State House and a front row seat on the legislative actions of the day. Chip visited with our kids on the grand balcony of the State House for 30 minutes, answering their questions and explaining how the work of the Legislature was relevant to them and where they live.

The kids left feeling they have a friend in Chip Curry. More than that, I can say that Waldo County has a friend in Chip Curry. Let’s keep him in for another term.

Ray Estabrook

Belfast