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For Immediate Release

Date: 03/04/11

Rep. Turner Takes Oath of Office from Governor LePage

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Beth Turner was sworn into office on Thursday, March 3, by Governor Paul LePage, just days after winning a special election in House District 11. She now takes the seat held by Rep. Everett McLeod, a Republican from Lee, who passed away in December shortly after being elected to a fourth term in the Legislature.

Rep. McLeod's family attended the swearing-in ceremony in the governor's State House office. Also in attendance were Rep. Turner's family, including her husband, Stan, and five-year-old grandson Payson Turner. "Payson thought it was very cool to meet the governor," said Rep. Turner.

In running for office, Rep. Turner (R-Burlington) campaigned on a platform that calls for an end to wasteful spending, a more equitable school funding formula, an end to overregulation and full MaineCare payment for the state's hospitals and nursing homes. Moreover, she would like to see the elimination of LURC - the Land Use Regulation Commission - due to what she called its "overbearing and costly regulations."

Rep. Turner also is a strong proponent of allowing Maine residents to purchase health insurance across state lines. "We can try everything possible to generate more jobs and career opportunities in Maine, but our exorbitant cost for health insurance is like a giant anchor keeping us down," she said. "Insurance here is unaffordable for too many Mainers because of state mandates that other states don't impose. If individuals and small groups could buy coverage elsewhere in New England, they could save thousands of dollars, and that would go a long way towards making Maine a better place to do business."

A lifelong resident of rural Maine, Rep. Turner has held numerous positions in local government. She has served on and chaired the Burlington board of selectmen; served on the board of MSAD 31 for 15 years; and been town clerk (nine years) and registrar of voters (also for nine years). She currently chairs the Burlington board of appeals and is deputy treasurer.

Rep. Turner's House district is one of the largest in the state. It includes Burlington, Chester, Danforth, Lakeville, Lee, Lowell, Mattawamkeag, Passadumkeag, Princeton, Springfield, Talmadge, Topsfield, Vanceboro, Waite, Winn, Woodville and Plantations of Carroll, Codyville, Drew, Grand Lake Stream and Webster, plus the unorganized territories of East Hancock (part), North Washington (part, including Big Lake, Brookton, Forest City, Kossuth and Lambert Lake Townships) and Grand Falls, Greenfield, Kingman, Prentiss, Summit, Twombly and Whitney Townships. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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