Why is John Running?

Proven Leadership Matters

John has the experience and proven track record to address: limiting government spending, lowering taxes, hunger, homelessness, healthcare, opioid addiction, persistent poverty, and work readiness.

Experienced Leadership Matters When:

  • 27% of our state’s population is literate challenged.
  • 47% of our state’s children have high ACE’s ratings (Adverse Childhood Experiences).
  • when the life of a neighbor/relative/friend is lost daily due to suicide and/or extreme substance abuse.
  • more skilled hands need to be trained and recruited to adequately grow and sustain Maine’s economy.
  • learners of all ages and abilities need access to the same quality education and work readiness preparation.
  • communities need an experienced guide to build mutual respect and cooperative regional partnerships.
  • a plan to address food insecurity is needed.

John will continue building community cooperation and further develop quality-of-life programs that have proven results. His unique community leadership experience as Mayor of Lewiston, a Maine State Senator, Mayor of Auburn, business owner, and educator has ideally prepared him to serve as our state’s next governor. John is the first person in Maine history to: serve as Mayor of two municipalities and  win a citizen-initiated write-in campaign for Mayor:

It is said that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. John is proud of his legacy of service that resulted from listening to the people, learning about the best solutions to address their concerns, and leading the community in coordinated full civic engagement.

We didn’t get everything right, but we certainly exceeded community expectations by courageously working as a team to fulfill those promises made to our employer: the people. -John Jenkins

 John is committed to being and demonstrating the change he encourages in others to live a healthy sustainable lifestyle.

Promises Made, Proven Results, and Plans as Governor:

As Mayor of Lewiston:

 

PROMISE: Lower property taxes

Result: Lowered property taxes and developed a policy to govern and limit government spending to a specific index threshold (Coltrap Amendment). Future spending and tax considerations above this threshold required public review.

Plan as Governor: Manage state government with the intent of managing spending while lowering state costs to provide savings to municipalities (using the Jenkins Amendment).

 

PROMISE: Youth In Public Service Program

Result: Established the state’s first Youth in Public Service Program in which youth were members of every municipal board, committee, and council.

Plan as Governor: Establish the statewide Youth in Public Service Program.

 

PROMISE: Responsive local government

Result: Established community Ward Meetings where public officials met with residents in each ward to listen to their concerns and provide timely effective responses.

Plan as Governor: Establish regional “Community Meetings” where state officials will meet with area residents to listen to their concerns and provide timely effective responses.

 

PROMISE: Local business development forums

Result: Established the first “Business to Business” forum in Lewiston-Auburn.

Plan as Governor: Establish a series of statewide “Business to Business” forums and develop an intra-state cooperative network for economic synergy.

 

PROMISE: Support and teach employee wellness to reduce municipal healthcare costs

Result: Supported and taught employee wellness programs that reduced municipal healthcare costs.

Plan as Governor: Support and teach employee wellness programs that reduce state employee healthcare costs.

 

As Maine State Senator:

 

PROMISE: Support and promote the cultural and economic value of Franco-American culture

Result: Was an incorporator and founding member of the FFA (Forum Francophone des Affairs) an international French-based business/cultural development organization whose national headquarters were in Lewiston, Maine.

Plan as Governor: Determine the multi-cultural components of our statewide community and employ their help/advice regarding the best way to (where possible) establish international friendship exchanges between Maine-based businesses and their cultural roots.

 

PROMISE: Promote regional municipal cooperation based on the effective model of the Lewiston-Auburn Together Initiative and the L-A Joint Services Commission.

Result: Submitted and passed legislation called the Regional Service Center Commission to promote cooperative budgeting to lower municipal costs and local taxes. Received a recognition/dedication page in the Maine State Planning Office Report.

Plan as Governor: Further develop the Regional Service Center Initiative to promote regional municipal partnerships for cooperative budgeting to lower local municipal costs and taxes.

 

PROMISE: To promote a charter school initiative that  emphasized specialized education to include cultural/language immersion in cooperation with the French government.

Result: Submitted charter school legislation that did not pass.

Plan as Governor: Support the current charter school format to encourage educational variety for our students.

 

As Mayor of Auburn:

 

PROMISE: Responsive local government

Result: Established community Ward Meetings where public officials met with residents in each ward to listen to their concerns and provide timely effective responses.

Plan as Governor: Establish regional “Community Meetings” where state officials will meet with area residents to listen to their concerns and provide timely effective responses.

 

PROMISE: Community health and protection

Result: Initiated a very successful Spring Cleanup Program.

Plan as Governor: Support statewide recycling and spring cleanup initiatives.

 

PROMISE: Average income earner support

Result: Established the Community Cords program. Our comprehensive forestry plan included selective harvesting for selling marketable wood. Revenue from the harvested sale was used to provide heating assistance for average income earners. We helped those who made ‘one penny too many’ which prevented them from qualifying for low-income assistance.

Plan as Governor: Establish a statewide Natural Resources for Human Services program (Community Cords). The goal is to provide sources of support for average/middle-income earners.

 

PROMISE: Lower property taxes

Result: Lowered property taxes and developed a policy to govern future tax considerations based on predictable national index measures.

Plan as Governor: Manage state spending to help lower municipal costs and property taxes.

 

PROMISE: Civic engagement

Result: Neighbor’s Keepers: A community engagement program that encourages neighbors to look in and out for each other.

Plan as Governor: Establish a statewide Neighbor’s Keepers program.

 

Additional Plans as Governor:

 

Hunger: Support a sustainable community model to promote regional food security.

Homelessness: Establish housing voucher system (in coordination with Human Services and real estate professionals) to promote stabilizing housing opportunities.

Healthcare: Support the Affordable Care Act and work on correcting provisions that improve affordability.

Opioid Addiction: Research and promote Peer Services/Recovery Centers and guardianship initiatives to support the recovery process for those in addiction.

Persistent Poverty: Encourage livable wage standards and require these standards for businesses that use public funding or tax breaks.

Work Readiness/Life Readiness: Establish integrated education/work ready training coordination between schools and regional career opportunities.

Authorized by the candidate, paid for by Jenkins for Governor Committee Treasurer-John Jenkins / www.jenkinsforgovernor.org