I've tried not to think too much about where I'm at, what my title is, or anything to distract me from the work at hand to stay grounded. When someone says Rep. Chenette, I always correct them and say ‘just Justin’.
But as I clear out my desk and locker, reminiscent of the final days of high school, after adjourning session at 1am, it’s easy to sit back and reflect what this place truly represents. What this institution stands for. It's bigger than me, you, and any one individual or party.
No doubt there are major issues that need solving. No doubt the system as a whole needs some reform, but for all the long nights, intense debate, little pay, hotel living, and rising blood pressure, I do enjoy trying to make a difference on behalf of the people back home in Saco and the state of Maine as a whole. Not just sit on the sidelines, but to turn that complaint I or others have into a possible solution.
So no matter what issue we may differ on, what side of the aisle we may sit on, the collective goal of making our state better and the people we strive to serve remain constants in this political landscape. I hope to be given the opportunity to come back and continue to fight for the values we hold true.
This has truly been an incredible journey of service.