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Senator Stacey Guerin receives government service award for small business advocacy

AUGUSTA – As a successful businesswoman, Senator Stacey Guerin has a keen eye for policies that will help, or hurt, Maine’s small businesses. As a Republican leader of the Maine Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee, Senator Guerin recently negotiated complex legislation such as paid sick leave and changes in Maine’s workers’ compensation system.

“Throughout her legislative career, Senator Guerin is a voice of reason who works with members of both parties. She was a critical voice earlier in her career to help restore the tip credit for restaurant workers,” said a statement from the Retail Association of Maine. “Senator Guerin often shares her perspective of running a small business and relaying the impacts of potential legislation on how it will impact small business.”

The award, given by the Retail Association of Maine was named the Jim McGregor Government Service Award after its retired director of government affairs, Mr. Jim McGregor, in 2010. Jim’s decades of hard work in the public policy arena paved the way for setting the standard for an award that recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond in support of Maine’s retail community, says the group.

“It has been an incredible honor to represent the people of Penobscot County in the Maine Senate. To make our state strong, we must support our business community – especially our small, local businesses,” said Senator Guerin. “I am honored to receive this award, and proud of the work we have accomplished for small businesses.”

“Senator Guerin rightfully deserves recognition for fighting for Maine’s small businesses and her willingness to reach a reasonable middle ground on difficult issues,” said Curtis Picard, President and CEO of the Retail Association of Maine.

Past recipients of the award include State Senator Rod Whittemore (2018), Representative Marty Grohman (2017), State Senator Amy Volk (2016), Senate President Mike Thibodeau (2015), Dr. Kenneth McCall of the University of New England (2014), U.S. Senator Susan Collins (2013) and Attorney General Janet Mills (2006).

Senator Guerin and her husband own R.M. Flagg, a restaurant supply company in Bangor, Maine. She is serving her first term in the Maine State Senate. Senator Guerin represents the people of Carmel, Corinna, Corinth, Dixmont, Etna, Exeter, Glenburn, Hampden, Hudson, Kenduskeag, Levant, Newburgh, Newport, Plymouth and Stetson.

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