Grayson Lookner

Candidate for Maine

State Senate District 27

Lookner Further

About Grayson

About

Grayson Lookner is a first term Representative in the Maine State House representing the neighborhoods of Libbytown, Nason's Corner, Rosemont, and Stroudwater in Portland. He has been a leading voice on addressing the housing crisis and on criminal justice reform. Previously, Grayson worked in the healthcare field as an EMT and behavioral health professional. He understands the challenges young and old alike are facing in today's economy. In tough times, we need dynamic leadership who has been on the front lines of some of the most defining issues of our time, from healthcare, to housing, to climate change, to voting rights. Grayson brings that experience to the table.

Grayson has worked on campaigns to bring reforms to Maine like strengthening the Maine Clean Elections Act, and implementing Ranked Choice Voting. He has also worked nationally on presidential races, and internationally on progressive campaigns. This experience has shown him what is and isn't working around the globe, and how Maine can improve.

Having grown up in Camden in the restaurant industry, Grayson understands the importance of tourism to Maine, but has also seen how Maine has become a more difficult place for working people to live year round. In Portland, there is a crisis of housing and homelessness. Around the state, there is a lack of economic opportunity for young people to stay in their communities, and for people to age in their homes in dignity. Grayson understands that we can address these issues in a way that elevates everyone who calls Maine home.

Grayson is also a published columist, and has been published in numerous Newspapers around the state including the Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, The Rockland Free Press, and The Maine Beacon.

Maine will face many challenges in the coming years, from rising seas, to an aging workforce, to alleviating the opioid epidemic--but there is also a bright future here. Maine is leading the country in vital democratic reforms that help keep people engaged in their communities and their government. We will be seeing an influx of people from around the country and around the world in coming years, who will need to build lives in this great state.

Grayson Lookner has the vision to bring this state further.

On The Issues

Education

If the ongoing pandemic shows anything, it is the importance of education for an informed public. People who have a basic understanding of biology know how dangerous viruses are, and how they are spread. In Augusta, Grayson worked to finally have the state meet its 55% obligation to fund public schools, and to increase revenue sharing, both of which benefited public schools in Portland and Westbrook, while helping to alleviate property taxes.

More remains to be done. To bring true racial equity to Maine schools, we need ongoing investment in supporting students who may not have the supports that others enjoy at home.

Healthcare

The pandemic has shown that our system of private healthcare is inadequate in the face of a public health crisis. All Mainers deserve good healthcare in times of need, regardless of their income. Grayson will work to bring universal healthcare to Maine and to invest in community clinics where healthcare can be accessed by all, free of charge.

Housing

Maine already had a crisis of housing and homelessness prior to the pandemic, and it has only gotten worse. Grayson was a leading voice in officially declaring a housing crisis in Maine, and worked to pass a state budget that had unprecedented support for building affordable housing. Grayson will continue to work in Augusta until all who call Maine home can afford to keep a roof over their head, which will make our communities safer and more livable.

Maine's Economy

Maine has a bright future in renewable energy, particularly in offshore wind. Through public investment in needed sea-level rise and climate change mitigation infrastructure, we can bring thousands of good paying jobs to the state in the New Green Economy. Additionally, the cannabis industry is bringing many young people to the state, and we can bring back paper production to the state using the by-products of the cannabis industry.

Policing, Prisons, and Public Safety

Public Safety is bigger than police and prisons. Housing, healthcare, education, and job opportunities are all essential pieces of the preventing crime and creating safer communities. If we are serious about public safety, those need to be our priorities, and our budgets out to reflect that.

In the State House on the Criminal Justice Committee, Grayson was a leader on fighting for vital reforms that would keep youth out of jail, and worked to ensure that non-violent drug users have options for treatment instead of just prison. Grayson worked with leading Civil Liberties advocates to bring the most comprehensive bill in the country around the regulation of the use of facial surveillance, which disproportionately misidentifies people of color.

When we invest in housing, education, jobs, treatment, and our communities, we are investing in public safety. Grayson brings this understanding to everything he does in Augusta.

Environmental Protections

In the State House, Grayson introduced legislation to consider the impact on climate that all proposed laws would have in Maine. Additionally, he voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, limit the use of harmful PFAS chemicals in consumer products, and to have comprehensive recycling systems where big polluting companies are held responsible for the waste they produce. He is proud of the work that the legislature accomplished on that front, but more remains to be done.

Low-lying coastal communities need to be preparing NOW for the reality of sea level rise through investment in climate mitigation infrastructure, and building renewable energy projects like offshore wind. Maine can be a leader in the coming Green Economy if we act now.

Money in politics

The core issue in our political system continues to be the influence of billionaires on our elected officials. Grayson introduced legislation to increase campaign finance accountability in Maine's municipal elections, where millions get spent from out-of-state interests to influence our local elections. Grayson is a proud clean elections candidate who will work to expand the Maine Clean Elections Act to cover local and federal level races, so that anyone can run for public office regardless of their connections to the wealthy and powerful.

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Get in touch. Email Looknerforstaterep@gmail.com. Call or text 207-200-3860.