Tavis Hasenfus
Candidate for Maine State House District 81

About Tavis

About

Tavis is a resident of Readfield, living less than a mile from his Winthrop childhood home. He and Nicole (nee Emery) Hasenfus, his wife and high school sweetheart, have a two-year-old daughter Gavia, and an infant son arriving this summer. Tavis is the son of David Hasenfus and Leah (nee Turner) Glazier.

Growing up on the shore of Lake Maranacook, Tavis enjoyed all the recreational and sporting activities it provides. This experience helped shape his commitment to keeping Maine’s waters and woods clean and protected, so his own children, and all of Maine’s children can do the same. He currently serves as the Board President of the Friends of Cobbossee Watershed, a local non-profit with this very mission.

Tavis attended Winthrop Public Schools and is a third generation Winthrop high school graduate, class of 2006. As a student he was a civic leader, being both class and student council president while excelling at football, hockey and baseball. Tavis graduated from the University of Maine in 2010 with a B.A. in Philosophy and minors in Ethics, Anthropology, and Religion. He then graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, before returning to Winthrop to work at Levey, Wagley, Putman & Eccher, as an attorney.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed, Tavis is also a Board member of the Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. He has volunteered as member of the Winthrop Recreation Committee, and as a coach for young athletes of all ages.

Tavis can think of no better place to live and work than Readfield and Winthrop. This community stole his heart from a young age and his bond to the area only grows stronger with time.

On the Issues

Responsible Leadership

No more hateful or extreme talk. It’s time to listen to each other. I sincerely believe that the most important trait of elected officials is to work with all other officials in a responsible fashion. Respect, honesty, integrity, compassion and cooperation, are central to my life and my campaign. I work hard every day to practice these values and to encourage those around me to do the same.

Covid-19

Maine must take aggressive measures to prevent the continued spread of this novel disease. Tests must be available, at no cost, to any individual who is suspected of having contracted the disease and there must be quality and fully supplied medical facilities in every community that can safely and effectively treat the individuals affected. It is also the responsibility of Maine legislators to make sure individuals and small business do not bear the full brunt of the financial fallout from this disease. Zero interest loans, tax credits and direct subsidies should be provided to the individuals and small businesses that have been forced to stop working to quell the spread of the virus.

Protecting Our Lakes

Growing up on Maranacook Lake, the health of our local lakes is of great importance to me. That is why I agreed to serve as the President of the board of directors for the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed. Maintaining a clean lake, free of toxins and invasive species is key to protecting the community for future generations. The State Government, should work closely with non-profits, local lake associations and citizens to preserve this great resource for generations to come.

Sustainable Development

Growth is a necessary part of every community, but unchecked development can have devastating effects. Maine has some of the most pristine wilderness and natural resources in America, but it is also losing population. I believe our state needs to find innovative and creative ways to grow the economic opportunities within our communities to keep young people here, while making sure that Maine's one of a kind natural resources remain for future generations.

Education

Being from a family of educators and the product of our local education system, I know firsthand the importance of providing quality and affordable education to our children and young adults. No two children are alike and their education shouldn’t force them into a “one size fits all” mold. Local schools should have enough funding to assure that each student has the opportunity for an educational program that fits that student’s needs, without requiring towns to increase property taxes. For the graduating seniors we need to find a way to offer them affordable options in all areas of study from apprenticeships and trade school, to universities.

Aging in Maine

It is heartbreaking to hear the stories of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, that saved their entire life only to lose everything paying for their nursing care. Our Government should provide in home supports, and property tax relief to keep seniors in their home. Seniors should also be entitled to pass on a portion of their lifetime assets to the next generation. With an aging population it is of the utmost importance to rethink how we care for our elderly.

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