Laura is not a traditional politician. As a retired pediatrician, she has a clear point-of-view on policy-making. Her positions are built on the fundamental belief that all policy is health policy. Informed by her background in science, her expertise as a primary care doctor, and her experience in successful legislative advocacy, Laura believes that upholding individual and community well-being as our primary goal in all policy-making will lead to better, more equitable, more sustainable outcomes.
Laura is guided by the common sense values and Yankee wisdom she learned as a child growing up in Portland. As a wife and mother, Laura shares the worries that keep people up at night. As a scientist and a medical doctor, Laura is skilled at uncovering the roots of problems - even when they are complex, even when they are systemic, and even when they are hidden from view. She has the expertise to identify solutions people can depend on now, and in the future; and the diligence to find options that both meet people’s needs and respect their values.
Our city is at the intersection of unprecedented economic and social crises under COVID-19. It has never been more critical to elect a councilor at-large with relevant experience to suit these unique times, and who is dedicated to doing the work that is needed to safeguard the health and well-being of our community. Laura is prepared to be an accessible, thoughtful, conscientious city councilor - ready and willing to serve the people of Portland.
Laura grew up in Portland, attending Longfellow Elementary, Lincoln Middle, and Deering High School. After graduating from Smith College, she returned to Maine to attend medical school at The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Golisano Upstate Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY, before once again returning to Maine. Over the course of 5 decades, Laura has lived, learned, taught, worked, or volunteered in each of Portland’s 5 districts. She would bring broad, pertinent perspective to the city council.
Laura can be reached at: (207) 200-VOTE!