Two candidates with legislative experience are competing to represent Senate District 33, which covers part of York County.

Sen. David Woodsome, a Republican from Waterboro, is running for a second term. His opponent is Democrat Andrea Boland, a former state representative from Sanford.

Woodsome unseated Democratic incumbent John Tuttle in 2014. He is a retired teacher and coach, and he now serves as co-chairman of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.

Boland served her maximum of four terms in the House, then lost to Tuttle in the 2014 Democratic primary by a razor-thin margin. A title examiner, she served on the State and Local Government and Government Oversight committees during her time in the Legislature.

In a Portland Press Herald survey, the two candidates diverged on some key issues on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Boland supports background checks for privately sold firearms, while Woodsome does not. The freshman Republican said he will vote against a referendum to raise the state’s minimum wage, while Boland will vote for it.

They do agree on other subjects, however.

Neither candidate supports Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to lower Maine’s income tax rate and eventually eliminate it, by applying the state’s sales tax to a broader range of goods and services.

Woodsome said York County businesses are worried a hike in sales tax would cause them to lose even more business to neighboring New Hampshire, which does not have a sales tax.

Boland said low-income residents would be disproportionately affected by that change.

They also oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana.

While Woodsome supports medical marijuana, he said he doesn’t believe Maine has the appropriate policies in place to regulate marijuana.

“More work is needed before we legalize,” he wrote.

Boland said she doesn’t think the current proposal is right for medical marijuana patients or small businesses.

“I think we need to wait for a more consumer-friendly idea,” she wrote.

Both candidates are publicly funded under Maine’s Clean Election Act, which limits private contributions and provides $20,000 to $60,000 in supplemental public funding to candidates for the Senate.

Financial reports show Boland had received $3,000 in seed money contributions and nearly $37,000 in Clean Elections funding as of Oct. 25. She had spent most of that money – more than $36,300 – by that date.

By that same date, Woodsome had spent slightly more than $23,100. He had collected $1,430 in seed money contributions and $27,000 in Clean Elections funds.

Senate District 33 covers a handful of York County municipalities – Cornish, Limerick, Newfield, Parsonsfield, Sanford, Shapleigh and Waterboro.