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Write-in candidate challenges Collins for Republican nomination

By Kendra Caruso | Jun 23, 2020
Source: Amy Colter for Senate Facebook page Amy Colter is running a write-in campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate against Susan Collins.

Belfast — Amy Colter of Manchester is a write-in candidate seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate against Sen. Susan Collins. While she holds no ill-will toward Collins, Colter said she decided to run because she thinks the senator sides too much with Democrats on liberal issues.

Though she knows she will be outspent by Collins, she thinks she has a chance against her because people want to see change, she said.

Colter runs a family and criminal defense law firm in Augusta called Law Patriot with her husband, who is an attorney.

She said she supports term limits and does not want to become a career politician. “I’m not a politician and I don’t plan to become a politician,” she said.

Too many people in Washington think they are irreplaceable, Colter said, and she does not think that is good for United States politics. She said she wants to use the platform of her campaign to raise up leaders.

After living in all four corners of the continental United States, she and her husband moved their law firm to Maine from Florida because they fell in love with the state after a few visits. She said she felt like it was where her religion was taking her.

A Christian, Colter said she believes everyone has value and something to offer the world and would like to help people in Maine find their value and help their communities. She said she believes life starts at conception.

“I think in order for us to make good choices and choices that are good for us, we need to recognize all of human life,” she said.

She views the opioid epidemic as an obstacle preventing people from reaching their full potential in their communities. She said if people can overcome their addiction, then they can become more self-sustaining and be in a better position to get and keep a job.

Colter wants to promote community charity programs for those suffering from substance abuse before spending taxpayer dollars to address the issue. But she said she is not opposed to funding substance abuse programs with state money, if it is available.

Maine’s whole economy needs to be reengaged toward families, in Colter's view. She said if families can support themselves, then the state can decrease the number of people addicted to substances; children would be more engaged at school; and fewer people would be dependent on state benefits.

One way to do this is to lower taxes for small businesses, and not just large corporations, she said. She said she thinks the state is too heavily taxed. She likened the economy to an ecosystem where every input matters.

Allowing people to be on assistance strips them of their work pride and makes them less likely to become financially independent, Colter said. She wants to help people like this to acquire new skills so they can sustain themselves.

While she does not know how to fix the health care system right now, Colter said she does not support Medicare for all. She said she does not support what she called socialist ideas that are becoming more popular because socialism gives government too much control over people’s lives.

She said socialism does not promote creativity or the Constitution, and said, “It is basically stealing from the people.”

She said she supports the Constitution as it is written and that it should be taken at face value. She said government has become too overreaching. Upholding the Constitution will unite those who are politically divided, she said.

“If we go back to the foundation of what we really are, we can prosper and live in unity,” she said. “It’s stated right there in writing. If we can just get back to'“we the people' and the people have a choice, we can work together again.”

The peaceful protests across the nation after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis Police custody are warranted, she said, but she does not think the killing is reflective of all officers, but just a few “bad apples.” She said being a law enforcement officer is one of the most stressful jobs and that the bad ones must be rooted out. She does not support defunding the police.

Colter, whose campaign slogan is "Back to Better," said she wants to help bring communities and the politically divided nation together. “I would really like to be a force to empower Maine,” she said, “and be a force to bring people back to better in Maine.”

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