March 13, 2010

Stackpole seeks to unseat Courtney in Senate race

By BETH QUIMBY Staff Writer

— By BETH QUIMBY

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Jonathan Courtney, candidate for Senate District 3.

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Staff photo by Doug Jones : Monday, October,15, 2007: Sanford Council Candidates: Robert Stackpole.

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Two candidates will face off Nov. 4 for the state Senate District 3 seat, which includes the communities of Alfred, Limington, Lyman and Waterboro.

The race includes Robert Stackpole, a Democrat and five-term member of the Sanford School Committee, and Republican incumbent Jonathan Courtney, a former two-term state representative who is seeking a second term in the Senate.

Stackpole said he is running to help bring about the creation of expanded high school vocational training for students in York County. He said a plan now under way will require legislative approval. He said the school will spur economic growth in the region.

''It will be of tremendous benefit not just to Sanford but to all the sending communities,'' Stackpole said.

Courtney said he wants to continue his work to improve the region's economic climate. He said he will work for the passage of last session's failed bipartisan proposal that sought to reduce the income tax to 4.5 percent. He also wants to work for alternative energy tax credits.

''I want to improve the economic climate for Maine families,'' Courtney said.

The candidates differ on how to approach state budget deficits. Courtney said he would not raise taxes because the tax burden is already too high. He would cut spending instead.

Stackpole said he would cut spending and raise taxes to ensure that the communities in District 3, which receive a large share of health and human services and educational state aid, are not under pressure to make up the difference.

The candidates also split on whether gambling should be expanded in Maine. Stackpole said he is not opposed to casinos or slot machines at harness racing tracks, and it should be up to individual cities and towns to decide whether to host one.

''I would not oppose it on the state level,'' Stackpole said.

Courtney said he does not favor a proposed casino for Oxford County, which statewide voters are being asked to approve Nov. 4, nor a racino in Scarborough, where developers are collecting signatures to put a racino before voters for the second time.

''The people have spoken,'' Courtney said.

Staff Writer Beth Quimby can be contacted at 791-6363 or at:

bquimby@pressherald.com

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