2014-09-26 / Letters

Group supports candidate

To the editor:

This letter represents a group of dental professionals who are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. We are writing to support of the candidacy of Diane Denk for state representative in District 9 (Kennebunkport and parts of Kennebunk and Biddeford).

After a review of Diane’s business and education credentials, we asked her to serve as the public member of the Maine Board of Dental Examiners. She represented 1.3 million citizens for five years. Her job was to read and analyze lengthy, technical board books (some 1,800 pages long) and attend monthly meetings and hearings in Augusta, often lasting from early morning into the night. The board reviewed proposed regulatory changes, profiles of those seeking licensure, case files detailing charges brought against professionals, and a myriad of other issues related to the regulation of the dental profession.

Diane quickly took to the position with gusto, learned new terminology, and developed a take on the nuances of the profession. She consistently brought her “A” game, came prepared with an open mind and asked good questions to clarify issues in order to form a solid opinion. She was the first lay vice president ever elected in Maine Dental Board history.

We feel she is a great leader who connects to a variety of political persuasions and would be an excellent legislator. We hope you will join us in supporting Diane Denk for state representative on Nov. 4.

Dr. Joseph Kenneally, president, International College of Dentists; Dr. Lisa Howard, board member, Maine Board of Dental Examiners; Dr. Jerry Cohen, past president, Maine Board of Dental Examiners; Dr. Phillip Higgins, past president, Maine Board of Dental Examiners; Dr. Denise Theriault, past president, Maine Board of Dental Examiners; Susanne LaVallee, RDH, past vice president, Maine Board of Dental Examiners; Darlene Collins-Harden, RDH, past member, Maine Board of Dental Examiners

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