Two major issues on the Cape are the lack of affordable housing and the unacceptable extent of food insecurity.

Since these problems are not limited to people living in the 1st Barnstable District, in addition to addressing these problems locally, as our state representative Steve Leibowitz will help come up with solutions for communities across the commonwealth.

Among other things, he is proposing increasing the deduction in the state tax for people earning less than 110 percent of the state’s median income if they are paying more than 30 percent of their salary in rent. He also wants to increase funding for the state’s emergency food assistance program and expand free school breakfasts.

Steve has many innovative ideas for serving our district, so I urge others to join me in voting for him on Nov. 6.

Don Segal

Brewster