2016-10-28 / Letters

Candidate sponsored important bill in Legislature

To the editor:

Please join me in supporting Kimberly Monaghan for reelection on Nov. 8.

Kim is running for her fourth term as Cape Elizabeth’s state representative in District 30. She currently serves on the Judiciary and Veterans and Legal Affairs Committees and is the House chairman of the Right-to-Know Advisory Committee. Kim has been an advocate for important causes, including government transparency, supporting our veterans, human rights, children and family courts.

This past session, Kim sponsored and led the passage of LD 890, “An Act to Ensure a Continuing Home Court for Cases Involving Children.” Often, families facing transition and crises can find themselves involved in two different court proceedings, such as for divorce, parental rights and child guardianship. The passage of LD 890 established a “home court,” which now allows the Maine District Court to oversee the full range of family law matters in one court. As a social worker, I see the immense value in this law, which aims to ease an already difficult time for children and their families. This law ensures that families can spend time processing and healing from their circumstances rather than face a multitude of court appearances.

I support Kim because of her passion for Cape Elizabeth and her commitment to making our town a better place to live. Like me, and many other residents, she was raised here and now raises her daughter here. Kim knows the importance of passing on a better Maine and a better Cape Elizabeth to the next generation.

Shannon Saxby Cape Elizabeth

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