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Candidates
Perry Aberle R – HD 135
Herbert Adams D – HD 119
Davian Jon Akers R–HD 120
Justin Alfond D – SD8
Paul Aranson D – HD127
Daniel Archambault R – HD144
Susan Austin D – HD109
Burnell Bailey R – HD146
Kevin Battle R – HD124
Paulette Beaudoin D – HD135
Roberta Beavers D – HD148
Paul Bennett R – HD141
Seth Berner G – HD115
Roger Bishop I – HD123
Eric Bleicken R – HD114
Andrea Boland D – HD142
James Booth I – SD4
John Bouchard R – HD63
James Boyle D – SD6
David Burke I – HD146
Richard Burns I – SD2
James Campbell Sr. I – HD138
Alan Casavant D – HD137
Kevin Casey R – HD118
Jean-Marie Caterina D – HD128
Kathleen Chase R – HD147
Justin Chenette D – HD134
Benjamin Chipman I – HD119
Ronald Collins R – SD2
Grant Connors R – HD66
Janice Cooper D – HD107
Adam Courtney R – HD143
Matthea Daughtry D – HD66
Ralph Dean R – SD10
Jennifer DeChant D – HD62
Todd Delaney R – HD102
Mark Dion D – HD113
David Dutremble D – SD4
Mark Eves D – HD146
Richard Farnsworth D – HD117
Roxanne Frenette D – HD132
Andrew Gattine D – HD126
Stanley Gerzofsky D – SD10
Sara Gideon D – HD106
Anne Graham D – HD109
William Guay R – HD137
Roxanna Hagerman R – HD98
Scott Hamann D – HD123
Denise Harlow D – HD116
Anne Haskell D – SD9
Dawn Hill D – SD1
Barry Hobbins D – HD133
Fred Horch G – HD66
Mark Hough R – HD107
Jody James D – HD106
Chris Johnson I – HD132
Ralph Johnston D – HD110
John Jones R – HD112
Erik Jorgensen D – HD115
Bryan Kaenrath D – HD124
Peter Kent D – HD65
Christopher Kessler I – HD122
Jonathan Kinney R – HD99
Jane Knapp R – HD129
Demitroula Kouzounas R – HD133
Joseph Kumiszcza R – HD108
Arthur Kyricos R – SD1
Jeffrey Langholtz R – HD113
Michael Lawson R – HD125
Edward Legg D – HD141
Gail Lemont R – HD151
Sarah Lewin R – HD148
Aaron Libby R – HD139
Bradford Littlefield R – SD3
Justine Lynn G – HD120
Sharri MacDonald R – HD132
Caitlin MacIver D – HD147
Thomas MacMillan G – HD118
Matthew Maloney R – HD126
Donald Marean R – HD131
Kirsten Martin R – SD9
Andrew Mason D – HD60
Anne-Marie Mastraccio D – HD143
Matt Mattingly R – HD130
Ronald McAllister D – HD150
Michael McClellan R – HD103
Paul McGowan D – HD149
Andrew McLean D – HD129
Judee Meyer R – HD138
Frederic Miller R – HD117
Rebecca Millett D – SD7
Kimberly Monaghan-Derrig D – HD121
Laurie Mondville R – HD101
Matthew Moonen D – HD118
Stephen Moriarty D – HD108
Terry Morrison D – HD122
Bradley Moulton R – HD149
Kenneth Myrick R – HD123
Mary Nelson D – HD112
William Noon D – HD144
Beth O'Connor R – HD145
Kimberly Olsen R – HD64
Wayne Parry R – HD140
Stuart Pennels R – HD111
Ann Peoples D – HD125
Joshua Plante D – HD145
Asher Platts G – SD8
Gary Plummer R – SD12
Christine Powers D – HD101
Charles Priest D – HD63
Jane Pringle D – HD111
Megan Rochelo D – HD136
Kyle Charles Rogers R – HD62
Lucille Rowe R – HD136
Diane Russell D – HD120
Deane Rykerson D – HD151
Linda Sanborn D – HD130
Thomas Sarbanis II R – HD122
Jeremy Saxton D – HD64
Timothy Sevigny R – SD5
Michael Shaw D – HD102
Martin Shuer I – SD12
Heather Sirocki R – HD128
Adam Spey D – HD140
Leslie Stephenson D – HD103
Peter Stuckey D – HD114
Ruth Summers R – SD6
Nancy Thompson R – HD121
Gwendolyne Tuttle R – HD119
John Tuttle D – SD3
Thomas Tyler R – HD110
Christopher Tyll R – SD11
Elihu Upham I – HD99
Ronald Usher D – HD131
Linda Valentino D – SD5
Lisa Villa D – HD98
Amy Volk R – HD127
Joseph Wagner D – HD139
Michael Wakefield G – HD102
Michael Wallace R – SD7
Jason Warnke R – HD65
Windol Weaver R – HD150
Jean Wolkens R – HD60
Richard Woodbury I – SD11
Thomas Wright D – SD2
Roland Wyman R – HD134


Maine State Legislature


Meet the candidates



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Senate Races
Senate District 1
Eliot, Kittery, Ogunquit, South Berwick and York - Map
Dawn Hill
Date of birth: April 4, 1950
Family: Spouse, Jim Nadeau.
Residence: 124 Pine Hill Rd., York
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Maine State Legislature, small business owner
Past Employment: Attorney, state legislator, small business owner.
Education: Academy of the Holy Angels, NJ, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, West Virginia University College of Law, JD
Political experience: Maine State Senate 2011/2012 in 125th Legislature; Maine House of Representatives 2009/2010 in 124th Legislature; and 2007/2008 in 123rd Legislature.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.dawnhill.org

1. Why are you running for office?

I have enjoyed immensely serving the people of my senate district and the State of Maine. In my six years of service I have been able to accomplish much for both through new and revised legislation and forging consensus on common sense solutions. Given the many issues still before Maine I have much work yet to do.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The failure to portray our state positively as one of opportunity for both business and a young workforce thereby laying the foundation to attract much needed financial investment, relocation of businesses and skilled and educated younger individuals and families to our state, as well as retain Maine's own professional and skilled residents of all ages and its high quality businesses all of which is needed to improve and grow our state.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Wanting Maine's Legislature and leaders to take a bipartisan solution-oriented approach and by doing so successfully address the big issues: the economy, education, energy costs, health care and taxes.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Develop a strategic long-term plan that addresses the many needs that the state faces (good paying job creation, infrastructure improvements, access to and cost of health care, consistent revenue generators, etc.) in a comprehensive manner.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

To better structure procedures that force greater accountability and transparency across state government (agencies and departments) and all entities that seek appropriations from the state.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

A six-year record of intensely working in a bipartisan fashion to gain consensus in Augusta to bring the best overall solutions and results I could obtain to District 1 residents and businesses.



Arthur Kyricos
Senate District 2
Acton, Berwick, Cornish, Lebanon, Limerick, Newfield, North Berwick, Parsonsfield, Shapleigh and Wells - Map
Richard Burns
Date of birth: May 13, 1957
Family: Wife Andrea, five children.
Residence: 55 School St., Berwick
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Rick Burns Carpentry Services
Past Employment:
Education: Big Bend Community College, Washington, B.A. Social Science, University of Maine, Augusta,
Political experience: State House of Representatives 2004-2008
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.rickburns.org

1. Why are you running for office?

To ensure that the voices of Maine's families and property taxpayers are heard in the state house and that our interests are understood and acted upon.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The loss of jobs and opportunity that permit families to provide for themselves and prosper. Our colonial fathers, in their legislative assemblies, organized on tax and trade issues, rebelled against the king of the most powerful empire of their day, and won. Our state's silence on the issue of unfair global trade is unacceptable.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Property tax burden and the loss of good paying, family supporting jobs largely lost due to unfair global trade.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

End corporate welfare. For every dollar that banks, insurance companies, and global corporations fail to pay in taxes, property tax payers are forced to close the gap. Our tax burden becomes greater as theirs becomes lighter through loopholes created by special interest lobbies. The voices of Maine families are shut out by the cash flow of big business.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Effective and efficient government.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

My role in the senate is to defend the rights and interests of Maine families and achieve a prosperous and secure future for our children. My opponent, the incumbent, has served nearly two decades in the legislature and has secured us nothing but his tenure in state government. The question is, are we any better off after his two decades in government?



Ron Collins
Date of birth: May 10, 1946
Family: Wife Linda, two children.
Residence: 401 Harriseckett Rd., Wells
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: sales
Past Employment:
Education: High School: Yes.
Political experience: Elected to four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, and one term in the Maine Senate where I'm currently a member.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.Collinsformaine.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I want to return to the Legislature and continue the work in job growth and job expansion. Additionally I would support all efforts in putting into place tighter controls on government spending.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Our economy. We must encourage businesses to, number one, stay in Maine, but then encourage new businesses to locate here.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Finding good paying jobs with an adequate benefit package. Maine people want to work, they are wlling to make the necessary sacrifices to accomplish this not only for themselves, but for Maine's future generations.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Be more competitive in attracting new businesses to locate here in Maine. This can be done by setting up a task force, and going out to business leaders across the nation and selling the MAINE IDEA.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Help improve Maine's economy.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I will put my experience as a former small business owner, and ten year member of the Maine Legislature to work for Maine's people. I know how to balance a budget, will work hard to create new job opportunities and will unite legislators behind positive reforms.
Senate District 3
Alfred, Limington, Lyman, Sanford and Waterboro - Map
Bradford Littlefield
Date of birth: June 30, 1952
Family: Children: Kali, Dani
Residence: 59 Yeaton Hill Rd., Springvale
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Self employed field representative banks and insurance companies
Past Employment: Maine Turnpike Authority
Education: Sanford High School; University of Southern Maine
Political experience: Town Council (9 years), municipal government positions (15 years)
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: LittlefieldforMaineSenate.com

1. Why are you running for office?

Economic growth and jobs, so that our youth can remain here in Maine if they choose.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economic growth and job creation.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Economic growth and job creation.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

To return the municipal revenue sharing that the state under both recent administrations has taken disproportionately from the municipalities causing them to raise property taxes - an unfair burden on property taxpayers - especially for our seniors and veterans who live on fixed incomes and want to remain in their homes!

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Reduce energy costs.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

My opponent has been in office for 35 years. When he took office there were opportunities here, and the average age of a Maine citizen was much lower. Today we are an aging population driving our youth away because we have no opportunities for them. Why? Because for the last 35 years we have over-taxed the wealthy, who have the capital to invest here in Maine thereby creating jobs. They now invest and live in other states creating jobs. We over-tax and over-regulate business. The wealthy and small businesses are key to our economy yet we drive them away with over-taxation and over-regulation and energy costs are way too high for everybody. All of that needs to change.



John Tuttle
Date of birth: February 24, 1951
Family: Wife, Ann, and daughter, Meghan.
Residence: 176 Cottage St., Sanford
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Emergency medical technician.
Past Employment: Fire fighter
Education: Sanford High School, University of Maine, Presque Isle, BS, 1976, UMaine Orono, MPA
Political experience: 28 years in the Maine Legislature between the House of Representatives and State Senate; Sanford Town Selectman, 1980-1990.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

I believe that the people of central York County are looking for constructive leadership in Augusta. They need someone who places the cause of good government above those of partisan politics and sees a clean election as a means of building a better future for Maine. I have had a life-long commitment to public service for my community. I've been honored to serve the people of Maine in many roles, whether it was as an EMT, selectman, or state representative. I'm running for the state senate because common sense problem solving is needed in the legislature.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economic development and job creation is our greatest issue in 2012. We need to foster an environment that allows businesses to sprout up and create jobs. It's got to be easier for entrepreneur to find a way to turn their ideas into a successful business that will grow the economy. I also believe that we have a responsibility to our veterans. They are the men and women whose service cannot be forgotten.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Again, jobs are the number one issue. In the last several months I've gone to thousands of doors in my district to talk with voters and introduce myself to them. What I hear most often from people is that they're afraid they may lose their job or won't find one if they're already out of work. My area would find greater prosperity if we invest in infrastructure and small businesses right here in York County.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

We have to place a priority on small business owners and what can be done to help them. We need to assist them first; evidence shows that investing in them will pay off dramatically. All too often, big box stores like Wal Mart win out and push local businesses out place. If our focus returns to growing enterprises that have started right here in Maine, we can grow out state's economy.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I'd like to expand Springvale's Veteran's Cemetery for all of Maine's veterans. I'd also like to reestablish the Drugs for Maine's Elderly program.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I think my experience sets me apart from other candidates. I've chaired committees that have had direct impact on York County and that experience matters when it comes to achieving progress in Augusta. It's important to me that I get the things done that are needed for my area.
Senate District 4
Arundel, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Biddeford - Map
David Dutremble:
Date of birth: August 21, 1967
Family: Wife, Charlene, and children Christopher, Matthew, Morgan, Austin and Mackenzie.
Residence: 536 Elm St., Biddeford
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Owner / Operator of Dutremble Electric; City of Biddeford Fire Department.
Past Employment: Dutremble Productions, disc jockey.
Education: Biddeford High School, Y.C.C.C., Paramedic, and Master Electrician Residential House Wiring.
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

Being a firefighter/paramedic for many years, I have seen our elderly choose between heating their homes and affording the cost of medications. I listened to my mother in her final days as she worried about her Social Security. I watched my oldest son move across the country to find a job with good pay and security, and now I hear my next two children contemplating the same thing. I've also watched my own children struggle with the burden of affoarding a college education.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy. Everything branches from this issue, when the economy is struggling so are job markets, education, cost of living and so much more.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The economy as well.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Working on true bipartisanship in Augusta, there needs to be give and take from all sides. Where I work, I can't tell you how many Democrats, Republicans or Independents we have, but every day we come to work and accomplish great things for the citizens we serve. All politicians need to be able to put parties aside and work for the greater good of the people. If politicians continue to draw party lines we will never accomplish the goals we set out to do. One of the biggest issues to improve the economy would be to find a way to reduce energy cost for everyone. By reducing energy cost this would stimulate the economy by making more money available for everyone not just a select class of people.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Working with all [arties for the betterment of the people we serve.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I believe a positive campaign and self promotion are best suited for political office, I don't believe in negative ads and putting down your opponent. Some candidates feel the need to go negative but in my opinion negativity against your opponent just sets the groundwork for how compromise will not be reached at a later date.



James Booth
Date of birth: February 21, 1964
Family: Daughters, Janice and Margaret
Residence: 638 Alfred Rd., Arundel
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Self employed
Past Employment: JW Booth, landscape contractor
Education: Thornton Academy; Some, USM
Political experience: City Council 1989-1991
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?
It seems that in my district that it's the same politicians that run and get elected. I think with my small business experiences and knowing how to get things done that I could change things for the better in Augusta. I have two children in middle school and I would like for them to be able to live in Maine not just come see me on vacations. Sometimes you have to jump in and get to work, it's never a good time to run but you have to think of the future and not worry about the present.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Well if anyone picks anything other than the economy I 'm not sure that they should be running for elected office. But seriously, we have to all work together to get this economy going like it should. Of course what is happening in the world affects us. But we have to do the best we can to improve Maine's economy. First: Taxes. Maine is always in the top for states with the highest tax burden. Cut them. Second: Electricity Rates. They are the highest in the country (and) we must find a way to reduce the rates all Mainers and businesses are paying. Third: Regulation. In Biddeford the new Market Basket going into the Lowes Building got held up for 6 months because the D.E.P. had to review the site. What the hell did that hold up the project for? It is an existing building and there is local review. Fopur: Send the best and most informed people to Augusta. Problems solved!!

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
The Economy. See my answer above. The entire state of Maine and the district are one and the same in regards to the economy.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Stay out of the way. Also promote our assets and try to do something about out liabilities. I believe that the Kennebunks, Arundel, and Biddeford has some of the hardest working people around. And we all agree that southern Maine is a good place to bring up a family. But why is it that we keep coming last in all the business ranking. Forbes always has Maine last or near last in business friendly states. I think the answer is pretty simple, really think about who you send to Augusta.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Bringing more jobs to our district.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I've always been in the private sector. Starting several different businesses and creating something. I bring a totally different point of view to solving the state's problems. I believe that we've had two many lawyers and school teachers in Augusta. It's time for a change, the fellow I am running against has always worked for city government. It's a clear choice in this race. Business person vs. government worker.

Senate District 5
Buxton, Dayton, Old Orchard Beach, Saco and Biddeford - Map
Timothy Sevigny
Date of birth: October 16, 1973
Family: Wife Melissa, stepdaughter Madison.
Residence: 21 Lincoln St., Saco
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: City of Biddeford, Town of Arundel, Clean Source NE, Apps Medical
Past Employment:
Education: Biddeford High School, Southern Maine Community College , Southern Maine EMS, Paramedicine
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

As a hard-working Mainer, I feel the struggles like everyone else, having to work more than one job to get by is not the answer. I feel a few of the representatives are out of touch with reality and it's time for a change in Augusta. With my hard-working background and good work ethics I will go to Augusta and make Maine more affordable and business friendly.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The economy.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Affordable energy, regulation reform, continue to work on health insurance reform, taxes and better agency oversight.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Build a pro-growth environment to the state to attract business.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

The biggest diffrence between the two of us is that she's been in Augusta the last eight years and had a chance to work on affordable energy, health insurance reform and taxes. But didn't. I feel she's out of touch with reality when it comes time to talk about the economy. I don't believe she understands the struggles the working people face, having to work more than one job and getting by week to week.



Linda Valentino
Date of birth: 00/00/1956
Family: Husband, Curtis Scamman, daughter Kate Scamman, stepchildren Libby Collins and Joe Scamman.
Residence: Boom Rd., Saco
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: State Representative
Past Employment:
Education: Thornton Academy, University of Southern Maine, Bachelor's degree in Political Science
Political experience: State Representative from District 134 in Saco for 8 years. Former Saco City Councilor and Deputy Mayor.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.LindaValentino.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for the Senate because I care about the State of Maine. I was born in Maine, lived in Maine my entire life, and raised my family in Maine. I have earned a reputation as someone who listens to both sides of an issue, does her homework, and votes for what I believe is in the best interest of the people. I have avoided getting involved in the political posturing and partisan bickering in Augusta. That is what I think Maine people want, and that is why I want to continue to serve the people in these communities.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs/Economy: As a member of the Regulatory Fairness and Reform Committee, I toured the entire State and heard from thousands of businesses. In a bipartisan fashion, this committee crafted LD 1 to address a multitude of concerns such as reducing red tape, streamlining applications, shortening review periods, and having a business advocate. This was done to create jobs by encouraging new businesses to locate to Maine and to help existing businesses succeed. I will continue to advocate to reduce the regulatory burdens placed on small business owners so they can concentrate on expanding their business to create jobs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

If Saco and Dayton withdraw from RSU 23, then legislation may be needed to make sure that it is in the best interest of the students and that all three towns in RSU 23, Saco, OOB and Dayton, are treated fairly and no financial penalties or funding is adversely affected. Legislation to continue to fund programs for revitalization of our mills and downtown areas is also of great concern. Plus, we have a number of bridges in Buxton and Saco that are in critical condition.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Businesses are concerned about the high cost of energy, transportation, and finding skilled labor. In order to create jobs the legislature needs to address these issues. I will support exploring all avenues of alternative energy; increasing funds for transportation projects for roads and rail; and making sure our universities and our community colleges have enough funding to allow for expansions in admissions and programs. I sponsored legislation to attract more venture capital into Maine to help businesses expand. The changes that were made to the FAME Seed Capital Program were highly successful and I am currently working on new initiatives for the program.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Expand job opportunities.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

There are 151 Representatives compared to 35 Senators in Maine. A senator needs to be prepared to dedicate their full time to the position since they will be a chair or a lead of a committee. I not only have the knowledge and training, but I have a proven, written record of how I have voted on bills. My record clearly shows that I have voted in a bipartisan manner and I have not put political parties before the issues. I have a well-known reputation in Augusta for being a dedicated, hard worker, who always reads the bill, the amendment, and the fiscal note before I cast my vote. Many people make promises to voters during an election and then they find that they can't honor them once elected or simply chose to go in another direction. With me, the voters know what they are getting. I am ready to step up and be the next senator for District
5.
Senate District 6
Gorham, Scarborough and Westbrook - Map
James Boyle
Date of birth: August 19, 1958
Family: Partner, Sue Durst; children: Jared Boyle, Lindsay Boyle
Residence: 25 Dundee Rd., Gorham
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Boyle Associates, Environmental Consultants
Past Employment: Central Maine Power Company, Great Northern Paper Company, Champion International Corporation, Lavallee Lumber Company, Rowe and Ellis Surveying
Education: Simsbury, CT; University of Maine, B.S. Forest Management
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.boyleforsenate.org

1. Why are you running for office?
I'm troubled by the culture of disrespect from our states' political leadership and by the partisan fighting that obstructs problem solving. As the owner of an environmental consulting firm, I've helped opposing parties come to agreement despite different starting points, and I believe I can do the same in the Maine Senate.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The biggest single issue facing the state is the weak economy. The people I've met while campaigning really like the idea of having a fiscally prudent small business owner representing them in Augusta. If we manage our money properly, we can grow in a balanced, sustainable way.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
The biggest issue is jobs. My district is lucky to be home to some of Maine's fastest growing businesses. Our school systems are among the best in Maine. I would convene a district-wide collaborative group of representatives from the school districts and fast growing businesses to ensure that students are preparing for the jobs available in high-growth segments of the economy.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
The most important thing state government can do is to meet with - and support - business owners, because we are the job creators and engines of growth in the economy. Business owners don't have just one idea that will solve every problem; we have many creative solutions to the variety of problems we face.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Voters know that government doesn't "create" jobs; businesses do. I want to encourage economic improvement by putting in place tax, credit and regulatory policies that harness the energy, talent and hard work of Maine's job creators. I have created jobs as a small business owner, and I believe this gives me real world experience that's needed in the Maine Senate.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
The particular issue on voters' minds is job creation. I'm a job creator. I started my first small business on a shoestring in 1996, partnered on another business in 2004, and started a third in 2009. I have the entrepreneurial spirit that will serve Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook and Maine well.



Ruth Summers
Date of birth: September 27, 1970
Family: Husband, Charlie; children: Tricia, Chas, Thomas
Residence: 85 Burnham Road, Scarborough
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Self-employed
Past Employment: Executive Director, Education Foundation; U.S. Navy
Education: Kubasaki High School, Okanawa Japan; South West Texas State, BS
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate?: No
Campaign website: ruthsummersforsenate.com


1. Why are you running for office?

I'm running because I believe in public service and I feel that my experience as a veteran, small business person, and a mother uniquely qualifies me to help address the employment and economic issues facing Maine's working families.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs and the economy. Our number one priority must be putting Mainers back to work.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Far and away, it's jobs and the economy. Whether I am knocking on doors in Westbrook, Gorham, or Scarborough, Mainers are very concerned about their ability to feed their families and pay their bills.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

The most important thing Augusta can do is keep taxes low and remove unnecessary state regulations that hamper small businesses and stymie job creation. We must create a pro-growth environment so Maine's small businesses can grow and create jobs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Help our small businesses grow and care for our veterans.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Not only am I a mom and small business person, but I am also a veteran. My unique experience gives me the background to effectively address the multitude of issues facing Maine's working families every day.
Senate District 7
Cape Elizabeth, South Portland and portions of Scarborough - Map
Rebecca Millett
Date of birth: October 5, 1962
Family: Husband Kevin, children Hannah and Christopher.
Residence: 12 Waumbek Rd., Cape Elizabeth
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Independent nonprofit and political consultant
Past Employment:
Education: Deering High School, American University, Washington, D.C., BA and BS, University of Chicago, MBA
Political experience: Cape Elizabeth School Board, 2004-2011: chairwoman in 2010, finance chairwoman in 2006, 2007, 2008.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.rebeccamillett.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I am concerned with the tenor and the policies of the LePage administration. We need economic development for secure jobs, strong schools that educate and prepare all Maine children, protection of our natural resources, and programs to help our most vulnerable citizens. To get there, we need to raise the level of productive discourse in our state by keeping our conversations civil and constructive — even when we disagree.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Creating and maintaining good paying jobs. There is tremendous potential for economic growth, particularly when focusing on our strengths. We need elected officials with real life experience in helping economies grow. My background includes economic development, business management, and planning.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Our schools regularly face decreased state funding. As school board chair, I initiated an alliance among school districts to address this issue at the legislative level. As State Senator, I would work to develop more balanced and stable education funding so our schools can plan for the future more productively and our administrators can spend more time creating vibrant innovative schools, and less time trying to shore up budget shortfalls from Augusta.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Maine needs to leverage its assets, train qualified workers for growth industries, so we can bring smart and innovative entrepreneurs to Maine and keep them here.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I would like to create a non-partisan, coordinated, cooperative and goal-oriented effort to bring jobs to Maine. This effort would involve employer stakeholders, small business persons, and employees who would develop an achievable plan to create more jobs for the citizens of Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I will come to the position with a strong skill set that will enable me to be an effective state senator for my district and the state of Maine. I have an extensive professional background in business and economic development. I served more than 6 years on the Cape Elizabeth school board so I know what it takes to get things done in an elected body. Finally, I believe in the strength and value of community. Being raised here I was taught, and still believe, that when we look out for each other, we are stronger. It's the Maine way.



Michael Wallace
Date of birth: April 7, 1979
Family: Partner, Danielle Nelson; five children: Jared and Julia Wallace, Tucker, Adelai and Samuel Wallace
Residence: 212 Mussey St., South Portland ME
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: IT Contractor
Past Employment: Biddeford Internet Corp., US Air Force 389th Communications, Andrews AFB ( Communications for Air Force One;) U.S. State Department Enterprise (Secured Communcations for Overseas Embassies.)
Education: Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green, KY; Strayer University, Bachelors of Science Information Technology
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.votemikewallace.com

1. Why are you running for office?
To give more freedom back to individual Mainers. In the last decade we have seen a more centralized, one size fits all approach in this country and it is time to move away from that. Mainers should keep more of their own money, make more of their own choices, and be able to run their own businesses. Maine is unique, the quality of life is wonderful, opportunities abound, and we should have as little dependence on D.C. as we can. I trust Mainers to run our state well, and to make it a place where people can thrive. I elaborate more on possibilities at my website.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The prolonged economic downturn is hitting Mainers hard, and we cannot afford to wait for the federal government to fix the problems that got us here. Maine must take proactive measures to help our businesses flourish, draw people and commerce into our state, and to show the country that Maine's legendary work ethic is why they should be competing to bring their jobs to Maine.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
" While our district has created one of the best school systems in the state, yet once our young people graduate, too many of them choose to leave Maine. We are paying a premium to educate youth that are pursuing career opportunities elsewhere. Maine is a place that has unique appeal to exactly the type of young independent entrepreneurs that grow and add value to an economy. Having chosen to move here and raise a family, I am eager to be an advocate for the economic freedom that other families like ours are looking for. We need to draw more talent to Maine and keep the talent we have"

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Government has a huge role to play in securing our economic recovery. Businesses make investments on certainty in the market place. Government bailouts and the U.S. Treasuries efforts to orchestrate the purchasing of our bond sales has bred uncertainty. Business and low income individuals on fixed budgets suffer now because of rising costs such as food and energy. They will continue to be squeezed if we continue on our current course. The question is, who will find themselves with the debt and the devalued assets when the music stops? My goal is to allow certainty in the market to return by moving away from arbitrary government intervention. If certainty returns you will have an immediate explosion in business investment.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Health issues and local farmers

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
As a systems thinker, I like to focus on local solutions to problems and finding opportunity in adaptive challenges so that our community can draw and strengthen from using our own resources. Instead of spending energy fighting those that may have caused some of the problems we see, I choose to focus on encouraging those in District 7 to pull together to overcome pressing issues. As a young professional I will use my unique talents to be a voice in Augusta for Mainers who are tired and frustrated by the current political climate and want to break out of the divisiveness that has been building for so long.

Justin Alfond
Date of birth: January 8, 1975
Family: Wife, Rachael, and son Jacoby.
Residence: 134 Sheridan St., Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Entrepreneur (co-founder and owner of Bayside Bowl; real estate developer in several housing and commercial projects in Portland.)
Past Employment: Founder and State Director of the Maine League of Young Voters.
Education: Dexter Regional High School; Noble & Greenough, Tulane University,
Political experience: State Senator, District 8, 2008-Present.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.AlfondForSenate.com

1. Why are you running for office?

Portland is the economic engine of our state. As a business owner and former nonprofit director, I bring a unique mix of skills, insight and experience to the legislature. I run and serve because I feel I can make a meaningful difference in people's lives. Portland needs a strong voice in Augusta and an accessible senator in the city.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs and economic development. As Mainers, we are known for our strong work ethic and high quality products. Our state's brand is uniquely positioned for growth. However, we must have a laser focus on increasing the demand for Maine products, and thereby expanding Maine's workforce. While we grow our businesses, we must make sure our workers are skilled and educated, and receive a fair wage for a fair day's work.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The state's cost shift to Portland taxpayers. Over the last two years, the state has reduced funding needed for critical services to our city and those costs are shifted to Portland taxpayers. As a result, property taxes have increased, and when families and businesses compare tax rates in Portland to surrounding communities, we are less competitive. This is causing families to move outside of our city and businesses to locate in other parts of the state.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

We need leaders and lawmakers who will seek realistic and practical solutions — and that includes maintaining a realistic view of how we can improve our state while touting our strengths.The governor is our chief marketer and unfortunately, he has spent the last 18 months blasting almost every aspect of our great state. We need state government to relentlessly market our positive qualities to the world while constantly improving our education system, health care costs, and energy consumption and costs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

To create a world class, unified, 0-5 early childhood education system that ensures every student has a successful start to their education — and their life.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have a proven record of delivering results for Portland during my four years in the state senate, including the last two years serving in leadership. I take pride in my ability to work with and bring together Portland's diverse residents and businesses. I've worked with low-income and homeless residents, small business owners just getting started, and the largest employers in Maine. My track record shows I can bring people together, listen and then work to deliver results.



Asher Platts
Date of birth: March 1, 1983
Family: Single, no children.
Residence: 29 Grant St., Portland
Political party: Green Independent
Current Employment: Self-Employed, Musician, Artist, Blogger, Videographer, Social Media Consultant.
Past Employment:
Education: Orono HS (ME) / Rockwall HS (TX) / Gorham HS (ME), University of Southern Maine,
Political experience: University of Southern Maine Student Senate, Maine Green Independent Party Steering Committee, Maine Green Independent Party Chair.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: AsherPlatts.com

1. Why are you running for office?

Before going to Occupy Wall Street and D.C., I wrote an article in which I called on fellow protesters to take hold of the reigns of government by running for office, saying: "I want to see the people occupying Wall Street bring about the major reforms they are demanding. It's my hope that they will carry this energy and excitement to their home towns, and run as candidates in 2012. And in 2013 we hope to see them occupying their state capitols not as protesters, but to claim seats of power in government." Now, coming back from nearly three months of being in DC and on Wall Street making the film "American Autumn: an Occudoc" I have been presented with the opportunity to take my own advice.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Something I like to call "The Austerity Lie." We're told constantly that we have no money for anything, but there's plenty of money to meet all our needs, we just aren't managing our government well. For instance: our taxation system is incredibly regressive. Our top tax bracket kicks in at only 30k/yr. We need more tax brackets. We also need to create a State Bank, which I explain in more detail than this questionnaire allows, over at my website: http://bit.ly/APstatebank. We also need to address the healthcare crisis. We aren't going to do this by subsidizing the for-profit insurance companies, but by providing single payer insurance to everybody, which actually costs LESS MONEY than the private insurance system. For More Info: http://bit.ly/APSinglePayer

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Healthcare. Medical debt is the number one cause of homelessness in America. It's absurd that in the richest country on the planet, we make a value judgement over whether or not a person should be allowed to live based on how much money they make. Healthcare should be a human right. For More Info: http://bit.ly/APSinglePayer

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

The most important thing government can do to improve the economy is invest in Maine citizens. Invest in Maine citizens by providing them tuition free college, by investing in adult education so that workers who change careers can retrain— as well as providing new Americans access to education they need to succeed here — like ESL classes. Right now waiting lists are huge for adult education. We can invest in our citizens by making sure that they have access to healthcare through a Canada-style single payer system. This will SAVE us money in the long run, and will also make Maine a more attractive place to set up businesses, as businesses will no longer be burdened with the costs of private health insurance.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Build a grassroots movement and spread my campaign message throughout Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I'm a radical lefist. I'm proud to say that I am a democratic-socialist. I have spent most all of my life as a member of the working poor, and I know what it's like to choose between paying rent and buying groceries. My platform is not a set of hypotheticals, but a pragmatic set of policy solutions that have been proven to work. There is no Republican in this race, so in my race you get to choose between the moderate left, and the radical left.
Anne Haskell
Date of birth: August 12, 1943
Family: Husband Lou, two children, four step children.
Residence: 31 Higgins St., Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: State Legislature
Past Employment:
Education: Deering High School, attended USM,
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives, District 117, 2005 - 2012; Maine House of Representatives, District 6, 1988-1994; Gorham Town Council, 1986 - 1989.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook: Anne Haskell for Senate

1. Why are you running for office?

To continue representing the people in Portland and now part of Westbrook thoughtfully and honestly. With 12 years of experience in the Maine legislature, I have been working on issues affecting our young citizens and want to continue to work to improve their opportunities, highlight their needs and bring my experience to the debate and discussions.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The sluggish economy. This period of slow economic growth is impacting business investment, job outlook and funding of basic statewide needs including education, healthcare, housing, and necessary infrastructure.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

People in my district are concerned about providing excellent education opportunities for their children as well as the the uncertainty of their tax burden. There is special interest in protecting our Maine heritage of clean air and water, outdoor spaces and access to recreational opportunities.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Individually, as elected officials, we need to strive every day toward civil discourse. The problems will always be there and we do our best work when we work together. As a state government, I think the most important thing we can do is create balanced budgets with stability and consistency. Our economic future lies in an educated workforce, business confidence in a reliable regulatory structure, and the continuation of appropriate financial funding options. Improving the economy is a national, demographically driven problem and we must be ready to showcase Maine as ready to accept the challenge.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to be part of improving our system of prisons and jails. We have an opportunity to improve outcomes, rehabilitate those who are ready, and give young offenders a chance at life.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I believe my experience both at the local and state level have given me tools and information to separate the wheat from the chaff, as the old saying goes. Issues in the daily blogs are sometimes not the important ones, and sometimes the important issues are not given full consideration. I try to be sure that my time, my votes and my efforts reflect what voters in my district sent me there to do: to represent them where it matters.



Kirsten Martin
Date of birth: July 21, 1971
Family: Jeffrey, Emily and Jack
Residence: 131 Hope Ave., Portland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Real Estate Management
Past Employment:
Education: Middletown High School South, Middletown NJ, University of Southern Maine,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

Portland currently has no representation in Augusta willing to work with our governor. Our current senators and legislators are progressive liberals whose goals are to expand the welfare rolls. This only hurts Portland, Maine's largest city with the largest number of people on welfare.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

There are many but the top two for me are welfare reform and growing the economy. Strengthen small business and continue moving in the right direction where welfare reform is concerned.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

High taxes — which is related to how much welfare Portland dishes out.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Enact legislation that helps small business and in return they will be able to hire more people. Creating jobs. More jobs = less people on welfare.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Welfare reform

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have a disabled child (see PPH 02/28/2008 story on my family) and work with low-income housing. I personally am involved with the DHHS system and feel through this experience to be able to enact legislation that would reform our welfare system protecting those who need it the most.
Senate District 10
Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell and Pownal - Map
Ralph Dean
Date of birth: September 24, 1952
Family: Wife, Jamie, and two grown children.
Residence: 125 Dune Dr., Freeport
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Construction Program Manager
Past Employment:
Education: Shaler High School, Glenshaw, PA, University of Pittsburgh, BS, CIvil Engineering, MBA, So. New Hampshire University
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: ralphdean2012.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I am a family man, a retired Naval Officer, and a businessman, with 40 years of experience building teams and leading organizations large and small. Maine's state government needs continued reform if our citizens are to achieve the individual liberty and economic opportunity that we all deserve. Reforming state government will take courage, vision, and determination — that's why I am running. I intend to apply common sense to legislation in the same way Maine families use old-fashioned common sense to operate their households. My goal is to create a business-friendly environment where economic growth and job creation can flourish.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

We must provide economic opportunity and stem the exodus of our young people, our entrepreneurs, and job creators. The median age of Maine's population is the highest in the nation; the percentage of our population over 65 ranks third. Without meaningful change, Maine is looking at a future population consisting predominantly of two groups - retirees, and welfare recipients, resulting in an unsustainable fiscal burden. I want to help make Maine a magnet for entrepreneurs and businesses from across our nation and around the world, and by doing so provide incentives for our young people to stay and thrive.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Economic growth and the need for more and better-paying employment. Within District 10, the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station is a particular focus. Some employers have been attracted, but given the attractiveness of the facility, much more can be done. Ensuring that the agency responsible for guiding its redevelopment is responsive and accountable to the local communities is vital. All parties — the agency, the local towns, and state government, need to improve communications and teamwork if the potential of the facility is to be reached.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

We must continue and accelerate the reforms started by the current legislature. Further supporting and encouraging small business with lower taxes and fewer job-killing regulations should be the every-day goal. Leaving as much money in the productive, private sector as possible is absolutely essential. Maine's state and local taxes as a percentage of personal income rank seventh highest in the nation — too high for robust economic growth. Spending reform must accompany tax reductions to ensure our resources are directed where they are most needed.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

My biggest objective, and greatest success, will be to represent, all day and every day, the best interests of every Maine citizen.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am a strong advocate for school choice. We need to provide real options for parents and students, by rapidly expanding the charter school program, and by streamlining the approval process. The previous legislature deferred action on improving student portability via a voucher system, something desperately needed to provide real choice and drive the benefits of competition into education here. Dedicated educators should welcome completion and options, not fear them. Far from damaging our public schools, these measures, if carefully implemented, can improve quality in every school in Maine.



Stanley Gerzofsky
Senate District 11
Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, North Yarmouth and Yarmouth - Map
Chris Tyll
Date of birth: March 8, 1978
Family: Wife, Jennifer, and children James, Grace and Faith.
Residence: 16 Turnberry Dr., Cumberland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Owner, Pat's Pizza Old Port.
Past Employment: U.S. Navy SEAL
Education: Ubly High School, U.S. Naval Academy, B..S. (with merit) in Ocean Engineering
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.tyll4statesenate.com

1. Why are you running for office?

My candidacy is based on my intense passion to serve. As a child I learned from my parents the importance of community, in helping define our future. The majority of my adult life was spent serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL and now I spend my time serving the public delicious pizza! I know what service entails, I am committed to being a strong voice in Augusta, and I am prepared to lead.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Lack of economic growth. Since the recession began, discussions in government have circulated around job creation. If elected I am committed to leading the discussion on ways to promote economic growth. Without the environment to accelerate economic growth, job creation is a Band-Aid issue at best.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Above all else, the economy is what constituents want to see improved. Visiting homes throughout the summer I have spent a lot of time listening. Improving the economy, reforming our social programs in a compassionate manner, and making sure our aging population will be able to remain in Maine are all common concerns.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Stop making excuses, debating theory, and grinding political axes. I am committed to taking a sense of urgency to Augusta which is severely lacking from the current discussion. The recession began in 2005, we got hit hard in 2008, and it is now almost 201
3. The time for discussion is over ... we need to get to work.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Prove to my constituents that it is possible to make government work for them. Whether it is introducing legislation to improve the economic environment, seeking counsel from those of varying political perspectives on important issues, or leading our elected officials, I will give a 100 percent commitment to serving our communities' best interests.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am a leader who has been tested under combat fire, taken the risk of creating jobs, and serves in local community organizations. During my four tours in Iraq I helped build schools, hospitals, security teams, and most importantly, trust with local populations. As a small business owner I created jobs. Our family is committed to serving our community through non-profit and service-based organizations. We live in the greatest country in the world; I am committed to ensuring my three children grow up in a state which embodies that spirit.



Dick Woodbury
Date of birth: October 10, 1961
Family: Wife, Debbie, and sons Sam, Ben and Matthew.
Residence: 174 Oakwood Dr., Yarmouth
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Economist and program administrator, National Bureau of Economic Research.
Past Employment: Visiting scholar, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Education: Amherst Regional High School, MA, Williams College, Harvard University, Ph.D. in Economics
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives, 2002-2008; Maine Senate, 2010-2012.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.dickwoodbury.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I'm running because I believe I am making a difference to both the political landscape in Augusta, and to the economic future of our state. The role and reputation I have built as a legislator is unique, visible, and adds a critical dimension to the legislative environment. It is based partly on my being the only Independent in the Senate, and the most visible non-partisan presence in the state house. But it also builds from my career as an economist. This expertise adds credibility to my presentation of issues, and it strengthens the independent and non-partisan perspective that I bring to policy deliberations.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The fragility of Maine's economy is the biggest issue facing our state. Yet the pathways to a more vibrant economy are well defined in several excellent blueprints, including Charting Maine's Future, Reinventing Maine Government, and Making Maine Work. Nearly all of my legislative work, advocacy, and advisory roles around the state are directed toward making this vision happen. That's why I sponsored An Act to Implement Recommendations on Reinventing Maine Government, and was so pleased to gain unanimous legislative support. That's why I'm on advisory boards to GrowSmart Maine and Envision Maine. And that's why I engage so energetically with both party caucuses, as well as the legislature's moderate caucus, where cross-party collaboration and non-partisan solutions have the greatest potential for action.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Voters in my district are worried about their own job prospects, those of their children, and the capacity of Maine's economy to support them into the future. We love our communities and quality of life in Maine, but we worry deeply at the ability of Maine's economy to provide the jobs and income to support our families.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

My vision for Maine's economy makes a profound distinction between those aspects of public policy and governance that need fundamental change, and those aspects of Maine's quality of life that we must adamantly preserve. My vision involves removing impediments that businesses face in locating their operations here, while protecting the magnetic value of our environment, sense of community, and culture. It requires fiscal responsibility, but with key investments in education and innovation. It depends on employers finding in Maine an available workforce with needed skills, competitive tax rates and health insurance costs, easy access to investment capital, and strong communities where people want to build their lives and careers.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to enact the Maine Prosperity Action Plan of 2012 that is being developed by the Maine Economic Growth Council. A product of legislation that I sponsored and that was supported unanimously by the legislature this year, the sole objective of the 2012 Prosperity Action Plan is to implement the policy recommendations and vision from Charting Maine's Future, Reinventing Maine Government, Making Maine Work, Time for Change, and Measures of Growth (see PPH editorial, 2/18/12.)

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am an Independent with a track record of working well with both party caucuses and advancing non-partisan approaches to policy development. My opponent will be part of a partisan caucus. My opponent was the leader of the referendum coalition to eliminate same-day voter registration (see PPH article, 10/19/11.) I voted and advocated energetically to preserve those voting rights.
Senate District 12
Casco, Frye Island, Raymond, Standish and Windham and Hollis - Map
Gary Plummer
Date of birth: July 25, 1946
Family: Daughters Sarah and Maranda.
Residence: 248 Gray Rd., Windham
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Retired teacher
Past Employment:
Education: Windham High School, 1964; Gorham State College/University of Southern Maine, BS in Education; MS in Elementary Education
Political experience: Windham Town Council, Cumberland County Commissioner, Maine State Representative.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook - Gary Plummer for State Senate

1. Why are you running for office?

I have spent most of my adult life as an elected public servant. My service in local, county and state government helps me to understand the needs of each level of government. Laws passed by the state legislature often effect other levels of government, so it is important for those making the laws to understand this. Because our experienced state senator is termed out, I feel it is important to replace him with someone who has extensive knowledge of the process. I believe that I have that knowledge.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The most important issue facing the state and Senate District 12 is jobs. We must first accept that new jobs need to be provided by the private sector. In Maine that means small business. As I travel around the senate district, I have heard over and over again that it is very difficult for businesses to get started or to expand. We need to work on reducing the barriers that make this so difficult.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

The economy will be improved by the creation of good jobs. Jobs must be created by the private sector. In this region that is small businesses. Government needs to do the things that it can do to make it possible for those businesses to succeed and prosper. In talking with business owners around SD 12, I have heard again and again how difficult it is to deal with the myriad regulations in order to start or expand a business. They are not asking us to eliminate all regulation, but they are advocating for a clear, concise and streamlined process. Whether the answer is "yes" or "no," they should be able to get an answer in a reasonable amount of time. The role of government is to create predictable policies that are clear and concise and then to assist businesses with the process.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to continue making the Maine Sex Offender Registry more useful for the public. The Criminal Justice Committee made significant progress on this issue during the last session. Bills submitted by Representative Ann Haskell and Senator Bill Diamond helped us get closer to the goal of assuring that adequate and accurate information is available to the people who need it. There is still more work to be done with the registry and I believe this can be done during the next legislative session.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Other than he is taller than I am, this is a tough question. To my knowledge, he has not put together a flyer or any other material stating his positions on the issues. Since he has never held office, he has no record to look at. We are scheduled to be on local public acess television on September 20th. I hope that this will help get his positions out to the public.



Martin Shuer
Date of birth: March 16, 1954
Family: Wife, Sue Shuer, and children Sarah Rose and David.
Residence: 22 Colby Dr., Windham
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Self-employed photographer and small business owner Martin S. Shuer, Photographer.
Past Employment:
Education: Central High School, Bridgeport Conn., 1972 , Boston University / University of Bridgeport Political Science major,
Political experience: n/a
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: Facebook: Martin Shuer for Maine Senate District 12

1. Why are you running for office?

"To be an effective advocate. The residents of Windham, Raymond, Casco, Standish, Hollis, and Frye Island need proactive representation in their state government. My campaign is motivated by the need to engage in a commonsense approach to moving Maine forward. Working in a non-partisan manner, I will advocate for greater transparency and accountability while offering creative solutions in addressing many important concerns. Improving our economy, educational resources, healthcare system, energy policies, infrastructure, and environment will require a thoughtful and cooperative effort.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy/jobs. Partisan politics continue to get in the way of charting a viable course to ending this economic crisis by preventing a constructive dialogue in Augusta and Washington, D.C. If elected, I will engage in a thoughtful effort on behalf of our citizens, not driven by special interests or party doctrine. History has proven that when Americans work together in a collaborative manner for common goals, anything is possible. From winning World Wars to walking on the moon, responding to natural disasters to finding innovative medical cures, discovering scientific breakthroughs and advanced technologies, politics have been necessarily put aside.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Renewing confidence in their government and legislative process in order to solve the many problems working families are confronted by. District 12 residents are stakeholders. We need to reengage citizens by having a voice in their own governance through responsive elective and salaried officials. We are the sum of our parts yet many feel disenfranchised by due process. Working together for Maine's future we can make a difference. It starts with a return to the core principal of our democracy: "By the people, for the people." Until we find a way to actively involve more people in finding answers little progress will be made.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Large problems require broad initiatives to resolve them. I would advocate for "nation building," only this time at home in America. We've found the financial resources to support costly wars and fund financial sector bailouts. I would advocate for state and national economic recovery programs like the New Deal initiatives that brought us out of the Great Depression. It's time to focus our attention on repairing and improving our roads, bridges, transportation systems, schools, manufacturing facilities, energy resources, and hospitals. By putting countless Americans back to work we will stimulate our consumer driven retail economy.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

To restore confidence in our elective government by leading with vision and integrity.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

As a husband, parent of two school-aged children, and small business owner, I know firsthand the daily realities most working families are faced with. As a long-time community advocate, I have worked with state and federal officials and our legislative representatives on transportation/infrastructure projects, education and healthcare initiatives, as well as, local and state finance concerns. I've established a good working relationship with MDOT officials, PACTS staff, RSU14 Windham/Raymond School District administrative staff, and others. I represent an independent and bold new approach to problem solving vs. the politics of old. Maine voters are eager for fresh non-partisan leadership in Augusta.

House Races
Andrew Mason
Date of birth: December 9, 1965
Family: Wife, Michelle, and daughter, Sydney.
Residence: 899 Middlesex Rd, Topsham
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Attorney; Selectman
Past Employment: Orientation & Mobility Specialist for Blind and Visually Impaired. Owner, Carolina Mountain Kettle Korn.
Education: Portage Northern High School; Portage, Michigan, Western Michigan University, Western Michigan University; Masters Degree in Blind Rehabilitation. Vermont Law School, Juris Doctor
Political experience: Selectman, Town of Topsham. 2010 - present
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.andrewtmason.com

1. Why are you running for office?

To continue my commitment to public service and the people of Topsham. My life has been devoted to helping people, whether it be as a teacher to children with disabilities, volunteering as a guardian ad litem or a youth sports coach, being a member of a local town board, or serving as a selectman. I want to carry this commitment to Augusta. As a sign of this commitment, I have knocked on over 2,300 doors since May talking to voters and learning their issues and concerns. I am also running because there is too much ideology and divisiveness in government and we need representatives committed to being open-minded and focused on solutions that work for everyone.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy. We need to make state government more responsive, streamlined, and goal oriented. We need to focus on making sure that legislation is directed towards encouraging long term sustainable investments and creating a climate that is seem as welcoming and encouraging of business development, and not on short-term fixes that appeal to narrow special interests or ideologies. We need to do this in a way that isn't subject to the whims of any political party because inevitably changes in power occur, which only leads to the situation we are in which is one of uncertainty. BOTH parties need to come together and agree on goals for moving Maine forward that outlive whoever happens to be in power.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

I have consistently heard that voters in my district are concerned with the amount of property taxes they are paying, with welfare, and the cuts to vital programs and education that serve our community. Everyone I have spoken to so far is concerned about the ideological and divisive nature of governing and problem-solving. My voters have told me they want a representative who is open-minded, pragmatic, and who is willing to admit they do not have all of the answers, but that promise to do the best they can and make decisions based upon what is best for the people of Topsham. Voters tell me they have to compromise at work, they have to compromise at home, so they expect a representative to do the same to make government work.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Create a climate that encourages business owners to grow, reduces unnecessary regulatory burdens, is responsive and creative in dealing with business owners, and invests in long term goals and projects that will attract and encourage businesses. Government has a role to play to make sure that everyone is playing by the rules, but I want to encourage a government that businesses can count on for help, not to have government be seen as an adversary.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want my constituents to be able to say that I kept my promise - I did my best to always work hard for them, I made decisions based upon what I thought were the best interests of the town, I was open-minded, responsive, and respectful.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Experience and commitment to Topsham. I have been active in serving the community since I moved to Topsham, including volunteer coaching of youth sports teams, participating on a local business and community development board, and serving as a selectman. I have tried to demonstrate my respect of and commitment to this elected position by knocking on over 2,300 doors so far and talking to voters about their issues and concerns, believing that if you want to represent the people of Topsham, you should get out and meet as many of the voters as possible and listen to them. I also think my diverse background and experiences have demonstrated an ability to work with different people, be open-minded, and able to get results through consensus-building and compromise.



Jean Wolkens
Jennifer DeChant
Date of birth: May 23, 1968
Family: Husband, Lou Ensel, and sons Isaac Daniel Ensel and Eric Arthur Ensel.
Residence: 1008 Middle St., Bath
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Public Relations Manager for Sea Bags.
Past Employment: Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Wiscasset; Five County Credit Union, Bath; Office of Speaker of the House; Augusta House Majority Office; Augusta Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, Augusta.
Education: Brookside High School, Ohio, Heidelberg University, Ohio, Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, MBA
Political experience: Maine Democratic National Committeewoman, term 2004-2008
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.dechantforbath.com

1. Why are you running for office?

We need to develop careers, we are losing a professional and skilled working class in this state, and we have to not only stop the loss but create and maintain the jobs to attract workers. I have two children in the public school system and I want to see they have all the opportunities possible, that all of Maine's children have these opportunities. Bath deserves a representative with broad and diverse experience. I am excited about the opportunity to combine my professional and political experience into action for our community, region and the state of Maine.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Most of the important issues Maine faces today are an outgrowth of the poor economy. Job losses and slow economic growth have had a significant impact on state revenues and have limited the state's ability to respond effectively. Unfortunately, the parties in Augusta have not been able to agree on a unified approach to fostering economic growth and that partisanship has only added to the problem.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

People are concerned with the economy and how much more difficult it is becoming to make ends meet.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

An evaluation of the economy must include consideration of our most needy citizens. The aim of government should be to reduce barriers to opportunities. Over the short term, Augusta can release voter-approved bonding authority to finance shovel-ready infrastructure improvement projects that create jobs and improve the roads and bridges we rely upon for getting products to market. Over the longer term, the state must consolidate the large number of economic development programs and organizations. Businesses should have just one office to deal with, not multiple offices in multiple agencies. Improved efficiencies will allow owners better focus on sustainability and jobs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

There is a danger to freshmen lawmakers with only a single-issue focus. The agenda is too large for that approach. It is time that Maine comes back to the business of reasonable compromise and thoughtful consensus on state policy. I will work as hard as I can to bring everyone to the table in an effort to deal with our state's problems in a proactive and professional manner. If elected, I want to end the 126th Legislature knowing that I made a difference for our City of Ships, the southern midcoast region and the State of Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Experience. My work in the Speaker's office, the House Majority Office, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as the private non-profit and manufacturing sectors allows me to avoid the steep learning curve faced by newly elected legislators. My community involvement experience with social service agencies and cultural organizations has fostered an appreciation of the creative economy and awareness of challenges we face with our social safety net. My experience as a parent of school age children is most precious to me and reinforces my commitment for quality educational opportunity for all our children. Experience matters.



Kyle Rogers
Date of birth: October 6, 1962
Family: Renee
Residence: 80 Court St, Bath
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Realtor
Past Employment: US Navy
Education: North Pocono, Southern New Hampshiire Univ., BS Business Administration
Political experience: 2 terms, Bath City Council
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: Facebook: RogersFor62

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running because I believe that I can represent the interests of the citizens of Bath best. Since 1982 I have been called on to serve our country, first for 20 years in the Navy, currently my service on the City Council and now I wish to continue to serve in Augusta.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

I think the biggest issue facing the state right now is not unfamiliar to the rest of the country. It is a dependency on government. A system has been built over my lifetime that encourages people to ask for a hand out, not a hand up. We need to instill a sense of pride back into the citizens of Maine and our country.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Local Control, LD-910, took control of the school budget away from the local municipalities and handed it to a school board which does not represent the citizens of Bath. The City Council in Bath and the Select Boards of the member towns have absolutely no say in the school budget process. My representative on the RSU-1 school board lives in West Bath and I am sure he could care less if my taxes are increased, the representative of the school board who represents the northern part of Bath lives in Woolwich, I am sure he could also care less if taxes go up in Bath. LD-910 created only RSU-1, separate from every other district in the state.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Get out of the way! The government should not get in the way of individuals, corporations or industries who wish to come here and open up shop. I think the 125th made some headway in reducing much of the "red tape" but there is more to be done. We should look at business opportunities as they come along, properly vet them and assist in appropriate areas as needed.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Bring Back Local Control.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I'm a true fiscal conservative who believes in the individual, not the collective. I've been elected to office and know how to make the decisions that have to be made and know how to serve a constituency.
John Bouchard
Date of birth: January 21, 1959
Family: Wife, Cheryl L. Bouchard; child: Morgan H. Bouchard
Residence: 19 Dionne Circle, Brunswick
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Past Employment: Construction Superintendant
Education: Mt. Ararat; Husson College, Bachelors
Political experience: none
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?
To build a better Maine.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Lack of jobs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Unemployment and uncertain economy.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Job creation, reforming business regulations, lower health insurance costs, and lower energy costs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Streamline state government to make it more efficient.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
My opponent is not well known among most of the District voters. He does not reach out to voters in the District for input on issues in this state. He takes campaign funds from the state for his election and does not raise it on his own. He has just been a rubber stamp for the Democratic party.



Charles Priest
Date of birth: February 7, 1946
Family: Spouse Patricia Ryan, children Clare Priest and Jennifer Reed.
Residence: 9 Bowker St., Brunswick
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Attorney, Law Office of Charles Priest
Past Employment: Attorney, Vafiades & Priest; Partner, McTeague Higbee; Assistant Director of Legislative Research, Maine Legislature; Lieutenant, United States Navy.
Education: Warwick High School, Newport News, VA, Dartmouth College, JD, University of Maine School of Law
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives, 1984-1990, 2006-present. Brunswick Town Council, 1994-1995, 2001-2004.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

I can work with my fellow legislators to bring affordable heath care to all Maine people, to improve our infrastructure, to improve our public education and public high education, and to further prosperity, while furthering a tax system which is fair for all.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs and economic development.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs and economic development.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Provide decent education for Maine people backed up by good infrastructure

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Further Medicare for all.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I see government having a vital part in bringing health, education, jobs, and prosperity to Maine people.
House District 64
Harpswell, Phippsburg and part of West Bath - Map
Kimberly Nichols Olsen
Date of birth: September 27, 1971
Family: Husband, Scott Olsen, and children Madison and Braden.
Residence: 1200 Main Rd., Phippsburg
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Self-employed
Past Employment: RSU 1 Windfall Outdoor Center
Education: Morse High School, University of Maine-Orono, BA-psychology
Political experience: State Representative to House District 64
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.kimolsendistrict64.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I believe that my experience as a mom, small business owner and lifelong resident of my community give me the knowledge required to truly represent the views of my district. I believe that one can be a part of a problem or part of a solution — and the solution requires involvement.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The biggest issue facing the state is the poor economy and the resulting lack of jobs and government's appetite to spend more than the people of Maine can afford.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

As with the state, voters in District 64 are struggling with a poor economy and a lack of good jobs. An example is that many in my district depend on the ocean for their livelihood: the boat price of lobster, poor water quality limiting access to shellfish harvesting and the cost of doing business prevents entrepreneurs and businesses from creating the jobs Maine so desperately needs.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

The most important thing that government can do to improve the economy is to update antiquated laws to support private industry and small business rather than stifling it. We do not need new laws, we need to fix or eliminate laws that hinder growth.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

To keep an open mind to each and every issue that come before me.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

The voters will need to determine what they are looking for in a state representative. For the last two years, I have worked hard to respond to my constituents needs, promote a positive working environment and represent their views in Augusta. I would be honored to continue to do so in the 126th Legislature.



Jeremy Saxton
Date of birth: April 26, 1979
Family: Wife, Amy Watson Saxton, and childred Madison and Alexis.
Residence: 52 Hildreth Rd., Harpswell
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Dolphin Marina & Restaurant
Past Employment: Small business owner, restaurateur
Education: North Yarmouth Academy, Landing School,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: saxtonforhouse.org

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I believe that the towns of Harpswell, Phippsburg and West Bath need a strong, moderate voice in Augusta. In my professional life I speak with people from all backgrounds and I believe I have the ability to best represent their interests. I am not afraid of tough issues and I enjoy hearing from viewpoints that differ from mine.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Maine's economy has been slow to rebound from the national downturn. While we have some challenges, we also have great resources that few can lay claim to. Mainers are some of the smartest and most ingenious people around. Given the opportunity, they can make just about anything work. And our natural resources are second to none. Smart investment in those two things will be our way out of the downturn. We have that right people, now we need to invest in them to create the kinds of jobs and industries that sustain families.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The economy is the biggest issue for all Mainers right now. There are many lobster industry folks in House District 64, so this summer has been especially tough for them given the abundance of the catch and the low price they were being paid. This means that a significant revenue stream was slowed this summer and it effected so many parts of Maine's economy.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Government's role should be to make sure we are preparing people for good paying jobs through excellent schools and training. Investing in new economic development initiatives is crucial to getting the next big industry off the ground.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Represent the people of House District 64 to the best of my ability.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I'm a moderate person who leans to the left on social issues and more towards the center on fiscal matters. I believe in being a strong steward of our natural resources. I support public education and its teachers.
House District 65
Brunswick, Woolwich, Bath, Topsham, West Bath - Map
Peter Kent
Date of birth: September 14, 1951
Family: Wife, Megan, and children Noah and Dae
Residence: 182 Montsweag Rd., Woolwich
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Builder/Sculptor
Past Employment: contractor
Education: Westtown, Penn., Cornell University and Acadia (Penn.), B.A., English Literature
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

Because I believe it is important and significant to make an effort to impact the future with my beliefs and ideals.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Increasing revenue, funding education.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Roads, the economy, and schools.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Make the middle class feel secure enough to spend again.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

A better Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Don't know what my opponent stands for.



Jason Warnke
Date of birth: April 27, 1967
Family: Wife, Jackie, and daughters Allison and Katrina.
Residence: 148 Hedge Bridge, Woolwich
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: U.S. Navy Reserves
Past Employment: Northrop Grumman, self-employed
Education: Great Mills HS, MD, College of Southern MD, Multiple Navy Combat/Intelligence Certifications
Political experience: None.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: jasonwarnke2012.com

1. Why are you running for office?

Service. I've served our country for 16 years in the Navy with multiple Middle East deployments. I feel the need to serve the state of Maine as well. I want to use my leadership skills to help create an economic environment that will help keep my children and all children living and working Maine, rather than somewhere out of state.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy and jobs. We are facing a situation where our population is at the tipping point. We are getting older and our population is actually in a negative growth curve. If we don't quickly solve that problem we will have dug ourselves a hole that could take generations to climb out. Maine's youth must believe our state is a place that they can call home forever.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs. We are lucky enough to have Bath Iron Works in our backyard. But it's not enough. We have an opportunity of a lifetime with the current and future development of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station property. We need to selflessly think of our future generations and lay out the framework for their future economic success. It's up to us, right now, to chart a course towards properity.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Get out of the way! Encourage business with an attractive tax policy. Unshackle business by reviewing and potentially eliminating onerous or excessive regulation. Encourage responsible establishment of additional energy resources for both citizens and business to utilize. Lead from the front. Let the country know that we are serious about attacting and growing business in Maine.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Serve honorably and leave Maine better than I found it.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I do not believe that my opponent will help Maine's economy as aggressively as I will. No one in Maine wants to see our stunning natual beauty and way of life changed for a quick dollar. We need responsible and lasting growth. Check Maine's demographics for yourself ... if we do not demonstrate an environment of prosperity to our youth and to the rest of the country, our way of life in Maine certain to change for the worse.
Grant Connors



Matthea "Mattie" Daughtry
Date of birth: March 9, 1987
Family:
Residence: 11 B Everett St., Brunswick
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Principal at Maquoit Bay Associates and photographer.
Past Employment: "Communications Associate at Maine's Majority; Photography Assistant to Michele Stapleton: Photography Curator at VSA; Maine News Department at New England Public Radio, WFCR 88.5 FM; News Director at WOZQ 91.9 FM, Smith College Radio; Congressional Intern with Congressman Tom Allen; photographer and stringer at The Times Record."
Education: Brunswick High School, Smith College , BA, Fine and Studio Arts at Smith College
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.mattiedaughtry.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I was born and raised in Brunswick and have benefited greatly from being a part of this community. I am a product of Brunswick and want to serve my hometown. I want to keep our town vibrant, to nurture our creative economy, high tech companies, and manufacturing sectors, to protect the quality of our schools and the beauty of our environment. For Maine to truly prosper, we need to protect both our natural resources and our small businesses. I will work towards making sure Maine and Brunswick have a prosperous future.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Maine has a multi-faceted problem that involves the big four: the economy, jobs, education, and the environment. They are all interrelated. We need to work on improving Maine's economy, which will produce more jobs, but none of this can occur unless we provide our citizens with the education and skills needed for the 21st century while standing strong on protecting Maine's precious environment, sense of place and quality of life. We have all of the right ingredients in Maine to move forward, but it will take a bipartisan effort in the Legislature, which I hope to diligently work on if elected.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Economic sustainability is a huge concern in Brunswick. With the closure of Brunswick Naval Air Station our community has faced incredible changes in our economic outlook, job opportunities, population, and school enrollment and funding. Successful redevelopment of Brunswick Landing is paramount to our community's future. We need to make sure we have quality jobs, that we are attracting new businesses, supporting our existing industries and small businesses, and that our children have economic opportunities right here in their hometown.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

The U.S. Bureau of Statistics ranked Maine as the third slowest economy in the nation. The challenge that our state government faces is to change our economic future by making smart investments that move us forward. We cannot cut and slash our way to prosperity. We need to fully fund our schools, community colleges and University of Maine system. We need to increase workplace-training opportunities to insure we have a highly skilled workforce. To make all of these investments possible we need to pass a balanced budget that is fiscally responsible and create a fair share tax plan.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I would like to serve on the Education Committee and work towards strengthening and supporting our public schools, community colleges and University of Maine system. The best possible investment in our future is in education.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I will be able to hit the ground running and effectively represent Brunswick from day one. I have experience working in Augusta and will be able to cross the aisle and build effective coalitions to get the job done. I will bring an energetic and fresh perspective to the Legislature.



K. Frederick Horch
Date of birth: November 24, 1969
Family: Married to Dr. Hadley Wilson Horch. Three children.
Residence: 44 Pleasant St., Brunswick
Political party: Green Independent
Current Employment: Self employed.
Past Employment: F.W. Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies (2006-2011) The Green Store (2004-2006) Maine Interfaith Power & Light (2002-2004)
Education: Highland High School, Swarthmore College, BA, University of California, Berkeley, JD
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.fredhorch.com

1. Why are you running for office?

We can do a better job to address the serious challenges facing Maine. I will bring the right mix of experience, commitment and values to serve well in Augusta. I bring experience working with people as a small business owner and attorney, a commitment to Brunswick as a parent with three children in our public schools, and shared values as someone who will go to Augusta to do what's best for Brunswick and Maine, not to play party politics.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Our unsustainable economy. Our approach to health care, energy, and funding for public infrastructure and institutions are undermining our long-term well being. We need some serious new thinking in state government that our current two-party system is not able to provide. To put our state on a sustainable path, we need a few more independent voices in government who can help break through partisan gridlock.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Economic opportunity, access to affordable health, and state funding for social programs including public education are big concerns for the voters I've met.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

At the state level, in the short term, our government needs to invest in public institutions and infrastructure. We cannot afford to put teachers, police, and public safety workers out of work. In the medium term, we need to support the transition to a clean energy economy. We cannot afford to export billions of dollars out of state to pay for fossil fuel imports. In the long term, we need to invest in education and research.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Affordable access to health care for every Mainer.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

My background as a small business owner with a store on Maine Street here in Brunswick, combined with my experience working with a statewide environmental group, along with my training and practice as an attorney, gives me a different perspective on the issues and the skills to be effective working in Augusta. My top three priorities will be access to affordable health care, transitioning to clean energy, and funding for education.
House District 98
Bridgton, Harrison, Lovell, Stow and Sweden - Map
Roxanna (Roxy) Hagerman
Date of birth: December 23, 1952
Family: Daughters India and Ali McEwen.
Residence: 13 Main St., Bridgton
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Roxy's Hairport
Past Employment: For the past 30 years I have run "Roxy's Hairport" on Main Hill in Bridgton, while raising two daughters.
Education: Presque Isle, John Dellaria's Boston,
Political experience: Bridgton Planning Board, 2010.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: RoxyForHouse.webs.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I believe ordinary people can make extraordinary differences.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

A bloated welfare system.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

High energy costs.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Create a business friendly environment.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Eliminate state income tax.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I'm a defender of liberty.



Lisa Villa
Date of birth: July 15, 1965
Family: Children Brandon and Taylor.
Residence: 2 Crystal Heights, Harrison
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: US Airways, flight attendent (25 years.)
Past Employment:
Education: Santa Cruz High School, Calif., None, Real Estate, Associate Broker's License
Political experience: Two terms, Town of Harrison - Board of Selectmen (2006 - 2012;) Cumberland County Charter Commision - 2010; Cumberland County Budget Oversight Committee, Chair - 2011.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: Facebook: Lisa Villa

1. Why are you running for office?

I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the future of the Lakes Region. I have been active on the local and county level for eight years. I am a trusted, respected and effective leader, and am ready to take my experience to Augusta.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Improving the economy is the biggest issue facing Maine. We can do this by reducing the cost of energy — both electricity and heating costs. Lower electricity rates will benefit manufacturers, and all businesses and improve their bottom lines. We can accomplish this by partnering with the Canadian Maritime provinces. We can also use technology to streamline permit application processes and make it easier to start a new business in Maine. We also need to invest in innovative workforce development strategies to make sure that Maine people have the skills they need to succeed in the new global economy.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The biggest issue facing voters in District 98 is quality jobs. The casino was a start — now we need to protect the jobs we currently have, at places like New Balance and put our skilled manufacturing workforce back on the job. Western Maine has a proud history of manufacturing, and with the right leadership in Augusta, we can restpre vitality to the local economy and give people options for employment.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

We need to promote rural Maine as great place to do business. We have a skilled, highly productive workforce and access to raw material like lumber and building material. If we can reduce energy costs, good jobs and economic development opportunities will follow.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Sound fiscal management, while protecting our most vulnerable - seniors and veterans.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have significantly more practical experience. As a selectman in Harrison and on the Cumberland County Budget Committee I never supported an annual budget increase that was above the rate of inflation. I succeeded in keeping spending flat on several occasions. I led the opposition to the costly Civic Center renovation bond because I felt it did not serve the needs of my constituents. As a selectman I have first-hand experience dealing with unfunded mandates handed down to towns from Augusta and know what impact they have on property tax payers. I recognize an unfunded mandate, or state policy that will raise costs to property tax payers and will fight to stop them. My opponent is a local "tea party" activist who will vote in lockstep with Governor LePage. I have worked with leaders in both parties and have never been afraid to cross party lines when I felt it was right for the residents of my town or the Lake Region. I am thoughtful and collaborative - leaders from both political parties will need to work to earn my support in the legislature.
House District 99
Baldwin, Cornish, Denmark, Limington and Sebago - Map
Jonathan Kinney
Date of birth: April 1, 1957
Family: Wife, Rena, and daughters Cara and Hilary.
Residence: 179 Beaver Berry Rd., Limington
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Self employed.
Past Employment: Small business operater (14 years). United States Coast Guard (1975-1999.) Officer In Charge of Coast Guard stations Jonesport and Eastport (1995-1999.) Officer In Charge for Aids To Navigation Team South Portland (1990-1995.)
Education: Penquis Valley High, Milo, None, Numerous military schools and certifications
Political experience: Limington Planning Board (9 years)
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

Unlike many other states, the Maine Legislature is considered a citizen legislature. Historically our legislature is made up of people from all walks of life - from loggers to lawyers, they come from all corners of Maine to represent the people who have voted them into office. I am at a stage in my life when I feel I can offer the time to fairly represent the citizens of House District 99 if they choose to elect me to this office. I feel it is important for all of us to contribute to our communities, our state and our country if the opportunity arises.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Hands down, Maine's greatest challenge at this point is to take bold steps to improve our states economy. This means encouraging economic growth and supporting any and all initiatives to inspire the private sector to move forward in job creation. A healthy state economy is a major step toward solving the many other current problems we are facing as a state.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

My answer to the previous question certainly pertains to this question as well. Adding to that I would say affordable health care - addressing Maine's energy needs for both residential and commercial consumers - a more commonsense and sustainable means of funding public education - improvements to our highways and bridges and of course JOBS.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

We must continue to define those areas that seem to be stagnating our state's ability to attract new businesses and deal with serious reforms that will make Maine a place where private sector investment is much more attractive. Energy costs, our tax structure, what many feel are excessive regulations, all need serious review. We must become more competitive with our neighboring states in the northeast in order to inspire the private sector growth Maine so desperately needs. I believe this can all be accomplished without compromising the quality of our states environment and the wonderful natural resources that make Maine so unique.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I have two children that will soon be making their own way in life. I want to work toward creating a healthy economy that is sustainable for the state of Maine so my daughters can find a productive life here and not have to move away as so many of our young people have had to do in order to find decent employment. To accomplish this will require a new and much more aggressive approach toward desperately needed economic growth. A healthy economy offering a future for our younger generations is Maine's greatest challenge and I look forward to working toward that goal.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

At the time of this writing I have not yet actually met my opponents or heard them speak on the issues. My concerns, some of which I have expressed in this survey, represent my priorities in running for this office. What my opponents positions are on issues is irrelevant at this point in time.



Elihu Upham
Date of birth: August 10, 1960
Family: Daughter, Melissa.
Residence: 184 Hilton Rd., Denmark
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Broadcaster
Past Employment: Self employment, builder
Education: Gorham High, none, Navy A schools
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: Wuphradio.com

1. Why are you running for office?

There are issues facing Maine people I could not be silent on any longer. Mained disabled veterans are a small percentage of the population. Disabled veterans living on their disability checks are well below the poverty line. When elected I will introduce legislation that would reduce their burden. Eliminating property, excise and income taxes. Our disabled veterans have paid their taxes in full. We as free Maine people need to honor our veterans as many other states do.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Energy. The development of alternative energy sources can create thousands of jobs. Increasing the tax base. We should reduce taxes on all companies and give these innovators of alternative energy whether they be large or small the room to make a positive change. We will have to sacrifice some, to gain energy independence. In the long run these changes will benifit all Maine people into the future. For example, Greensburg Kansas has put in place many alternative energy incentives.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Roads. Maine bonds need to be dedicated funds. When we pass bonds to fix our roads that's where the money should be spent. Or any other bond.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

That's simple, get out of our way. Let Maine people do what they are best at. Maine people are inventive hard-working people. The talents of these wonderful Mainers needs to uplifted, not taxed into oblivion. A happy working people creates more revenue than the opposite.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Restoring non-partisanship checks and balances.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am an Independent, my views come from a long life of hard work and of walking my own path. I live with alternative energy. I know that it works and enriches my life and others around me. I have done many different jobs making me well-rounded. I have the ability to talk but moreover I listen. I am one of the people, not above them.
House District 101
Casco, Naples and part of Poland - Map
Laurie Mondville
Date of birth: December 22, 1967
Family: Husband, David, and children Catrina, Nakita, and Derek.
Residence: 471 Roosevelt Trail, Casco
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Owner, A Loving Attachment Childcare.
Past Employment: 1991-2001 NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, operator, Directory Assistance, Collections and Business office. 1987-1991 Owned and managed a small bait company.
Education: Windham High School, Southern Maine Community College and University of Maine at Farmington, Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, working on Bachelors degree
Political experience: I have been a member of the SAD 61 school board since 2010. I have served on all the committees and chaired the liaison, finance and curriculum committees. I also helpedsuccessfully negotiate three union contracts including the teacher's contract.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Faceboook: LMforHouse

1. Why are you running for office?

I felt that the state of Maine is moving in the right direction and we need to continue moving towards smaller government that is more business friendly. We need strong independent thinkers to help develop a balanced budget with lower taxes. I am fearful of the way our country is moving and I feel that the individual states need to begin reigning in spending and taxing in hopes the country will follow. So many positive changes happened over the past two years. I hope to help continue it.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The threat of Democrats returning to power and the state returning to the failed policies that got us into the big government mess of the last 40 years before Governor LePage and the Republicans Legislature took power is one of the biggest issues. This administration has passed policy that has made a more business friendly state and it has helped the unemployment in the state of Maine which are all very big issues for all Maine citizens.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

One of the biggest local issues is the economy. I have heard from many constituents that they are unemployed after many years on a job. They are struggling to keep their homes. Many are working out of state to make ends meet, leaving their families for weeks or even months at a time. This is not ok with me. We need to fix this issue quickly! We need to put Maine citizens back to work now! We can do this by making Maine a more business friendly community.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Maine needs to reduce regulation, reduce taxes and move out of the way for small business to thrive and hire new employees. Maine needs to put our citizens back to work. The key to our success for this is to get out of the way for small business to thrive which will create more jobs for Maine citizens.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

There are many things I would like to see happen such as getting government out of the people's way so they can prosper and create jobs, getting the economy on track, stopping waste in government and getting back to some sensible size of government. Our country is on a track of unsustainability. I want my constituents to feel like someone local cares about them, that is my focus.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I believe in limited, more efficient government, a government that governs least, governs best. We need fewer taxes and less spending. I support our constitution and I won't vote for anything that undermines or reduces our rights as citizens. I want to go to Augusta and represent YOU, and I will work hard for you in Augusta every day. I want the people of the Lake Region to know that I will be there if they call me, I'll be there if they have an issue or question about their interaction with government and I'll work to help them.



Christine Powers
Date of birth: June 3, 1964
Family: Husband, Peter Powers; daughter, Kelsey Powers. 280 Thompsons Pt. Rd. Naples
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Director, Naples Public Library
Past Employment: MLTI District Coordinator, MSAD 61
Education: Winnacunnet High School, Hampton NH UNH, Bates College and St. Joseph's College
Political experience: Naples Selectwoman, 11 years
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook: Powers4StateRep

1. Why are you running for office?
I have been honored to serve the people of Naples on the Select Board for over 10 years. I raised my daughter in this community and find myself inspired to give back in another way.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Finding a way to ease the overall tax burden for the middle class is an issue which must be addressed immediately.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Property tax relief is a concern I hear the most from our local voters.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Maine needs more jobs. We can begin by investing in the physical infrastructure of the roads and bridges and then move to a stronger digital infrastructure with broadband access. I would also explore ideas on how to attract industry for the job sector with the largest percentage gains in jobs in the last 6 years, renewables and the environment.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
I would like to be a part of the solution to improving the quality of life in our state by working to compromise and restore balance in Augusta.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
In my years on the Selectboard in Naples I have gained a great deal of experience regarding municipal and state law. Our board has worked together very well to find the best solutions for the citizens of Naples despite our differing political affiliations. In this political climate it is crucial to have elected officials who are willing to listen to ideas from all sides and find the best solution to move forward for all constituents, not just those who supported them.

Todd Delaney
Date of birth: December 28, 1965
Family: Wife, Helen; daughter: Annie 115 Spear Rd. Standish
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: I hold multiple jobs
Past Employment: I have worked in sales and management and in number of fields.
Education: Newark Academy University of New Hampshire
Political experience: MSAD 6/SAD 6 School Board
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Vote Delaney House 102 facebook

1. Why are you running for office?
I feel we need more leadership in Augusta and that there are a number of issues that have not been dealt with and need to be addressed. I know every seat matters and there is great demand on issues to have a voice willing to stand for what they believe in and willing to make tough stands on issues.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Budget and financial issues, more specifically, looming deficit issues and tax concerns impacting everyone in the state.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Financial issues impact every district and require leadership and strong voices in Augusta.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Working with both parties to try and find rationale solutions and trying to prioritize needs but we all face tough times and decisions to bring spending in line with income. No one wants to have to make things tougher on our neighbors, but we must work to reduce bloated government and find revenues and reduce waste. It is never easy to deal with tough times and my grandmother talked often of depression and difficulties it produced but we are tough financial times and tough actions must be taken.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Reform welfare and unemployment issues

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
There are many areas in which I am clearly different from two other people running and a clear choice to speak on those issues.



Michael Shaw
Date of birth: August 14, 1972
Family: Wife, Pascale; Son: Aaron 5 Perimeter Ave. Standish
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Rail Road Conductor
Past Employment: Paper route, High School jobs
Education: North Attleboro HS SMCC SMCC Oil Burner technology
Political experience: Representative, 124th and 125th legislature
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Mikeshawforstandish.com

1. Why are you running for office?
I've worked hard my whole life. As Conductor and railroad employee for the last 22 years, I know what it's like to wake up early and go to work to support my family. I am running for representative to bring the working families' perspective to Augusta.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Good paying jobs. Economic development. Economic development isn't a one size fits all answer. Maine needs to work on many complex solutions. One solution is Maine's Pine Tree Development Zone law. One major improvement that I worked on was to make all of Maine available for its benefits instead of very small pockets up North and Downeast. The Pine Tree Development Zone law exchanges huge tax breaks to businesses that expand or move to Maine. In exchange for the tax benefits the business must provide a livable wage, a health insurance benefit and 401K retirement. We need to reduce the cost of energy for Maine's businesses and residents. With smart planning, I believe tapping into Hydro Quebec's massive energy production could significantly reduce our costs. The problem in the past has been that if we bring in low cost energy from Quebec and drive the cost of energy down, our small power producers already in Maine such as SD Warren could suffer. Smart legislation is needed to balance this difficult problem and bring rates down.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Jobs, health care, education.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Invest in education and innovation, bring the cost of energy down, elect legislators willing to work together and compromise. In the last session of the legislature, Democrats and Republicans worked together to eliminate old ineffective regulations while making sure we protect our children and environment.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
I want to help bring compromise to Augusta. When we work together we find better solutions.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I want to see legislators work across the aisle on the difficult issues that the state faces. I have a proven track record. That is why I have been endorsed by a wide array of groups such as: One Maine, The Professional Firefighters, The Maine Credit Union League, Maine Conservation Voters, SAM, MEA and others.



Mike Wakefield
Date of birth: September 7, 1977
Family: Wife, Tina, and children Isaac and Olivia.
Residence: 22 Arthur Dr., Steep Falls
Political party: Green Independent
Current Employment: Legacy Publishing, sales.
Past Employment: Flaggship Landscaping, lead foreman.
Education: Dexter Regional High School, none,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: Facebook: Voteformikewakefield

1. Why are you running for office?

I am offering a third-party choice for voters that is very independent. My views are primarily based on the Ten Key Values of the Green Party, which are: social justice, community-based economics, nonviolence, decentralization, future focus/sustainability, feminism, global and personal responsibility, respect for diversity, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom. The big emphasis for me is on a sustainable economy, personal responsibility and a lot less government in our lives.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy in general. The cost of the basics like food, fuel, heat, and shelter has risen dramatically along with the unemployment rate. While many are unable to find work that meets their skill set, there are manufacturing jobs available but not enough skilled workers to fill them. That's not to mention that government still, even though taxpayers are clearing saying, "NO!" spends beyond its means. Our focus needs to be on building a more sustainable, local economy that will allow for less of an impact from outside sources, and with less government interference.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Even though the unemployment rate in Standish is below the state average the economy is still a huge concern for my district. Most people travel long distances to get to work and every time the price of gas goes up, it affects the cost to get to work. And at some point, the cost of food continues to rise with the gas prices. Health care costs are through the roof and people are having to sell off personal items to pay for medication or maintain their health insurance. Whether you're heating with wood or oil, it costs significantly more to heat our homes than it did 10 years ago.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

The best thing the government can do is to get out of the way whenever possible. Remove barriers that don't make sense and hamper progress. Allow more room for sustainable innovations that will benefit the local economy. A good example is the reintroduction of industrial hemp into our economy. Hemp is the certified non-drug variety of cannabis that is grown for things like fuel, clothing, building supplies, fuel pellets for heat, plastics,and thosands of other products, including the seed as a food source. It is grown in almost every industrialized country in the world except the U.S. The sale of hemp products in the U.S. is $400 million but if we could grow it and manufacture it here, that number could easily be in the billions. And remember, hemp is a non-drug crop just like cotton, corn, or soy, so what's the problem!?

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I would like to help Maine become more of a leader in sustainable technologies and to have a more locally based economy in order to be more self-sufficient as a state and as individuals.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am a third-party candidate who is a very independent thinker. There is far too much partisanship and finger pointing in politics today and too many politicians who will stand behind their party no matter what. The fact is, sometimes the Democrats have great ideas and sometimes the Republicans have great ideas. The focus needs to be on the great idea itself, not on always passing blame and being afraid to take ownership of mistakes made. Neither party has all of the answers so it's important to look out for the people of Maine first and your party last. This is what I plan to do as a state representative.
House District 103
Poland, Frye Island, Raymond and Standish - Map
Michael McClellan
Date of birth: February 16, 1960
Family: Wife, Michelle, and children Maggie and Patrick.
Residence: 27 Pismire Mountain Rd., Raymond
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Consultant
Past Employment: Executive Director of a local chamber of commerce, also worked in education and mental health fields.
Education: Arlington High School, Poughkeepsie, NY., SUNY at Brockport & Dutchess Community College, Antioch New England
Political experience: Two terms as Raymond School Board including work as chair. One term as Raymond Select Board including work as chair. 125th Maine House of Representatives, House seat 103 (Raymond, Frye Island, parts Poland and Standish.)
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: mikemcclellan.com

1. Why are you running for office?

A sudden opening thrust me into contention for the current seat I hold. I have seen the positive changes in many areas of Maine life the past two years have offered Maine citizens after many years of a different way. I believe it is important to continue this positive progress and I would work to support the new direction. Fiscally, you simply need to look at numbers to realize our past path would not hold up.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Perhaps the education system. Changes including charter schools were implimented in the past two years as we began to look at local choice. Issues such as funding, how the school day is used and professional development are key. As someone who has been in schools as a child, a parent, as worksite and as a school board member; I know there are many great teachers. We need to offer more professional development opportunities and remove the parts of the school day that are not about teaching. Maine businesses need more qualified workers.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The towns I represent are wonderful places to raise families and to live. We have great particiaption in our local government and committees, we make good decisions. However, there are times the state steps in with laws and policys that force us to go in directions we do not wish too. The need to expand local control is a big issue for us.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Continue the work of the past two years of regulatory reform. Let businesses live and die by their own merit! The model (I was on the Regulatory Reform and Fairness Committee) of traveling the state to meet with businesses and citizens in forums, then returning to the table to assess and implement a return to common sense policy is a good model.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Take things out of the school day that do not need to be there so our teachers can get back to being teachers.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

In District 103, both candidates care for community and the future. We get along very well when we run into each other. However, we belong to separate and very different political parties. My experience has shown me that candidates will vote with their party in the high 90 percent region. So voting for my opponent or for me will be a support for or against the work of the past two years.



Leslie J. Stephenson
Date of birth: December 29, 1953
Family: Wife, Judy; five children
Residence: 38 Clearwater Dr. Raymond
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Business Valuation Analyst
Past Employment: Veterinarian, 25 years.
Education: Pineville High, WV; West Virginia University; Purdue University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: http://www.stephensonformaine.com

1. Why are you running for office?
Maine has lagged behind its New England neighbors in economic growth while under the current administration. Maine has lost, rather than gained jobs in the last year. Having actually started three small businesses I know full well what the challenges of growing and succeeding in business are. I have the knowledge and the background to know what government can and shouldn't do to help small businesses thrive. I will work to make Maine a place where they can. Maine needs to grow its economy and support jobs!

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Poor leadership. Really, how can we expect to lead our state into a more vibrant economy when the ambassador of our state proclaims to the country that Mainers are looked down upon by others. We need an administration and legislature to work together, and to recognize the greatness that lies within our citizens.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Rather than debate funds for a new east-west highway, the existing one needs to be improved! Rt. 302 is our existing east-west corridor and is the second busiest, non-interstate highway in Maine. It slows to a crushing crawl at times. This makes transit time for tourists, commuters and emergency vehicles extremely slow. Other roads in the district are in such a state of disrepair that they are damaging to our cars and dangerous for all concerned. Funding has been put off for our roads so long we are going to have greater expenses to fix them.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
We need leadership to bring us together and embrace investments needed to empower our children with the best education in the nation so they can become the answer to the future. Supporting investments in research and development at the university level, job training to match workers and skills with jobs available, and the infrastructure necessary for growth will bring us higher paying jobs and a better future. Showing that we support our teachers will attract the best candidates for future positions. No investment, no future.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
I would work to bring back openness and transparency that we have lost in our government, and get Washington politics and national agendas out of Augusta. A legislature working in earnest together on Maine's problems rather than being puppets of out of state business interests will bring confidence back to government in Maine, the way it should be.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
My opponent has supported legislation that will put greater financial burdens on the most prevalent demographic in the state, the pre-seniors and seniors. I will always vote based on the needs of the population of the state and the district, rather than based on ideology, out of state corporate interest and national political agendas.

House District 106
Freeport and Pownal - Map
Sara Gideon
Date of birth: December 4, 1971
Family: Husband, Ben, and children Julian, Alek and Josie.
Residence: 78 Bow St. Freeport
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Town Councilor, Freeport and Board of Directors, Freeport Community Services.
Past Employment: Advertising Executive, USA TODAY and CQ (Formerly Congressional Quarterly Magazine)
Education: East Greenwich High School; The George Washington University; Continuing Studies, Muskie School of Public Service at USM (2010)
Political experience: Town Council, District 1 in Freeport Maine 2009 - Present, Vice Chair of Town Council, 2011-Present
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: sara@saragideonforME.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I believe we can build a brighter future for Maine by pursuing policies that will keep Maine affordable while strengthening our economy so that our next generation will have opportunities to live, work and raise families here. I will be a leader in putting partisan politics aside to deal civilly and respectfully with one another so that we can respond to the real needs of people in our state.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy is the biggest issue facing Maine both now and in the future. In the short term, we must build jobs that pay livable wages with affordable options for healthcare. In the long term, we must invest in both education and in job creation that is compatible with both the global future of our world and the natural resources and way of life in Maine. Our strengths are our local communities, natural resources, and the ingenuity and work ethic of our people and businesses. We need a visionary plan that brings us together as a single, strong Maine instead of two Maines - that creates a pathway to economic opportunity for all Maine people, and that protects and preserves our beautiful state.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Besides the economy and affordability, the quality of public education is of great importance to voters in Freeport and Pownal. When it comes to education, many voters in my district have strong views about school consolidation. We need a process to identify those areas in which consolidation has worked and where it has not. We need to allow individual communities to use what we have learned to develop an improved plan for the future. We need to recognize that municipalities should be able to disentangle from consolidation in an efficient and cost effective manner if they have reasonably evaluated and demonstrated that consolidation has not been in their district's best interest.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Through investments in infrastructure, clean energy and education, create jobs in the short term that attract and retain our youth. Implement long-term solutions that take a global look at future industries and target those (i.e., energy, technology and information technology) that are compatible with Maine. Build our economic plan for the future in combination with a bold path to clean energy and educational opportunities that will feed the industries of the future. Structure these industries on a strong environmental foundation that preserves the beauty and health of Maine for our children and grandchildren to come. Ensure fairness in taxation so that the highest wage earners are paying their same fair share of taxes as the working class. Create a Maine healthcare exchange system that answers the needs of individuals and small businesses so that people can get the best healthcare available at the lowest cost possible.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I'd like to restore a tone of civility to government that will help us deal thoughtfully with our challenges. Government decisions should be based upon facts and evidence, not politics. If we work together, we can make decisions that are best for people. We can create new jobs, keep Maine affordable, keep our promises to the elderly and to workers and ensure equality for all Maine people.



Jody James
Janice Cooper
Date of birth: February 21, 1946
Family: Spouse, two stepchildren, daughter deceased.
Residence: 20 Cumberland St., Yarmouth
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: writer/researcher
Past Employment: Communications staffer for Cong. Tom Allen (Portland;) Editor, Legal Times (Washington D.C.;) Counsel, U.S. House Judiciary Committee; Private and public interest legal practice in Washington D.C. and California teacher (law school, substitute in Yarmouth schools)
Education: Glen Cove NY High, Vassar College and London School of Economics (Jr. Yr.), Yale Law School, JD
Political experience: none
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook: Janice Cooper for Maine State House of Representatives

1. Why are you running for office?

I have the necessary experience and commitment. I served two decades in Congress, where I learned the skills necessary to achieve legislative progress, and I saw the challenges and strengths of Maine. After retiring in 2008, I became active in Yarmouth community affairs. I taught in the schools and established a nonprofit community arts education program in an little-used town firehouse (Firehouse Arts.) When our beloved 23 year old daughter died in an accident last summer, I dedicated my life to working for the goals we shared, which included her love of learning, the beauty of Maine, and the well-being of children.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The Maine economy must produce good jobs so that our young people can stay here, as they wish, and older, displaced workers can find work worthy of their skills. That growth must be "smart," and not destroy the very qualities that make our state unique, particularly its spectacular environment.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs, particularly for their children.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Make our university system an engine for growth. While the growth and improvement of community colleges has been beneficial to residents and the economy, our university system has pockets of excellence, but can be improved. It should become centers of innovation that attract the best and the brightest, and lead to commercial opportunities.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Relieve the debilitating burden of debt being assumed by college students.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

My understanding is that my opponent takes a dim view of the role of government generally, and does not believe that government can help solve societal problems. While I do not believe government action is always the answer, and government regulation can be overbearing, I do believe that some problems can only be solved by the joint efforts of our citizens, acting through their government.



Mark D. Hough
House District 108
Cumberland, Long Island and North Yarmouth - Map
Joseph Kumiszcza
Date of birth: May 16, 1956
Family: Wife, Sharon M. Kumiszcza.
Residence: 3 Middle Rd., Cumberland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: President, Online Associates, Inc.; Director, TechMaine.
Past Employment: Business Director, MCBVI (Iris Network;) Marketing Director, Fishman Realty Group; General Merchandise Sales Manager, Hannaford; Advertising Manager, Emery Waterhouse.
Education: Deering High School, BS Business Administration, USM 1978,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.joemaine.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I've spent more than a decade as a bipartisan advocate for Maine's technology sectors. Holding legislative office will enable me to build on a record of accomplishments and respect from both parties as I bring innovative ideas to help grow all of Maine's economic sectors. I believe that Augusta needs to better understand Maine's technology businesses and entrepreneurial culture and hear from a business owner who knows the real issues and can eliminate road blocks to creating new high paying jobs. Maine needs a government that is more responsible and responsive to taxpayers, businesses, and the environment.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Our economy needs a catalyst. Maine's university system appears unresponsive to the needs of students, faculty, and businesses, irresponsible with finances, and not accountable to taxpayers. Current laws discourage Maine businesses from working with the university in the research and development of new products and services. A stronger, responsive, fiscally accountable, and more effective university can propel Maine's economy forward and prepare students for high-paying Maine jobs. We need to reconstruct the educational infrastructure to create more opportunities for entrepreneurs to start and grow Maine companies.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

As I talk with voters in the district, I hear a recurrent appeal: Where are the good jobs for my kids? I understand the workforce needs of Maine businesses, the shortcomings of Maine's higher educational system, and the costs of doing business in Maine that trap Maine workers at wages that are 78 percent of the national average. I believe that voters in every Maine district are looking for a bipartisan leader with an entrepreneurial strategy, the imagination to develop and communicate innovative ideas and concepts, and the perseverance to make a brighter future for Maine.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Maine must pursue hydropower from Canada. The reduced costs of hydroenergy will make Maine businesses more competitive, attract new companies and investments, save Maine homeowners more than $200 per year, and pump almost $400 million into Maine's economy annually. Reduced energy costs, continued Efficiency Maine conservation programs, and less reliance on Middle East oil will reduce nearly 300,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually, result in a healthier Maine, and an increase of nearly $1.5 billion to Maine's gross state product. I will stand against the special interests in Augusta that keep Maine from realizing lower energy prices.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

One is never enough. I want a stronger, more affordable higher education system. I want an enhanced civics curriculum in public schools. I want national rankings to place "Maine First." I want Maine to once again embody its motto — Dirigo. To prioritize my goals; the University of Maine system must become an economic asset for the state of Maine. They must be responsive to Maine's economic needs, and resolute in their mission to prepare students for success.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

There's a mindset in Augusta and local communities that government and economic development agencies can pick the business sectors that will excel in Maine's future economy. Government has a poor track record of picking winners and typically establishes taxpayer giveaways or funds businesses with strong political connections instead of those with solid, sustainable, business plans. I have achieved a record of bipartisan success in Augusta and will work to create a level playing field for all businesses, entrepreneurs, and students.



Steve Moriarty
Date of birth: December 14, 1949
Family: Wife, Pam, and daughters Kathleen and Allison.
Residence: 34 Blanchard Rd., Cumberland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Attorney, Norman, Hanson, & DeTroy.
Past Employment: Same
Education: Edward Little High School, Bowdoin College, University of Maine School of Law
Political experience: Eight terms, Cumberland Town Council
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook: Moriarty2012

1. Why are you running for office?

Having served in elective office for over two decades at the local level, I am eager to take on the responsibilities of representation in a different arena with new challenges and issues, and to serve the interests of the people of the district and the state.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economic development, to include supporting traditional components of our economy, such as forestry, agriculture, and fishing, as well as creating the most attractive climate for the businesses of the next generation. The work must be focused and coordinated, and must produce results which are geared for the long haul.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Property taxes and the increasing cost of public services, particularly education. The loss of any suport from the state automatically impacts the property tax rate, threatening the survival and make-up of our communities. The state must continue to shoulder its share of the burden of municipal government.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Thoroughly examine our system of rules and regulations to identify duplication, overlap, excessive requirements, and other obligations which restrict rather than encourage economic development. Our regulatory system should be a promoter for growth and not an impediment.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Support public education from the schools through the university and the community colleges.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

This has been a clean and respectful election. My strengths include many years of elective public service on the Cumberland Town Council coupled with numerous committee assignments. I will apply that experience for the benefit of all of the towns in the district, and will work to achieve results in a collaborative and inclusive manner.
House District 109
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Sue Austin
Date of birth: September 30, 1948
Family: Husband: Ernest Austin; children: Brett, Braden, Blessing and Breanne 136 Yarmouth Rd. Gray
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: None
Past Employment: St. Mary's Hospital. University of Maine. Owned small decorating business. Marden's Inc. Management Assistant, 10 years. House of Representatives, 8 years.
Education: Gray-New Gloucester High School Bliss College Associate Degree of Science
Political experience: Gray-New Gloucester School Board, Gray Town Council, Maine House of Representatives
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.sueaustin.org

1. Why are you running for office?
I am running for the House of Representatives again because I believe with all my being that Maine can become the thriving state that it deserves. Maine is home to incredible resources, both environmental (natural) and human. During the eight years that I served I traveled Maine extensively seeing firsthand the beauty of our diverse regions and the faces of our people who are inventive, grounded, sensibly creative and ever willing to invest sweat equity doing hard work to succeed. For eight years I watched as people often struggled to make ends meet, create new products/services and make a life worth living for their family. I know that with good leadership, sound policy and reasonable balanced budgeting we can offer Maine's future a fighting chance to thrive.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The biggest single issue for Maine is producing a balanced budget. Maine owes it to its citizens to set its expenditures based on a well substantiated forecast of income. Our state, like our home budget, needs to be established within our means. Unreasonable stretching of our overly estimated revenue leads to many of our vendors/service providers not being paid. It leads to desperate, untimely Band Aids being applied at unexpected intervals in the year to fill the budget shortfall and that leads to tenuous unpredictability of pressure being compressed down on our schools, municipalities, businesses and our hospitals. Healthy, highly skilled budgeting is imperative as the foundational backbone for making sound decisions while doing the people's business.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
The biggest issue in our district is getting the economy moving and having the option of jobs that have a promising future of growth and promotion. Builders are eager to build, excavators are eager to move earth, and tradesmen want to have a line of jobs on the docket to put food on their table. It is a lean, mean time with limited development taking place.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
The most important thing government can do to improve the economy is budget soundly, lower taxes, pay down present debt, address alternative energy source, continue reform on regulation, taxation and health insurance coverage plans.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
With your support, I want to utilize what I learned about our state while serving with the previous administration and legislatures to shape policy that nourishes a hurting economy; such experience is vital in working with the new leadership groups to navigate us out of these challenging times.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I am blessed with a full fledged working history of my home town and the towns in our district. I was born here, grew up here, educated, competed, worked, and married here; raising my family amongst my husband's and my large families that have been living and working here for generations. It was not until I served and ultimately made decisions through my vote that I realized the depth of all the people whose lives have crossed with mine. I see their faces, hear their stories, sense their concerns and aspirations as I formulate positions on issues that I know will affect them and their daily wellbeing. Having that valuable, priceless familiarity that comes with a lifetime of personal and professional experiences in our district affords me a sense of understanding on how decisions will play out here at home.



Anne Graham
Date of birth: January 17, 1959
Family: Husband, Ron; Sons: Drew, Cameron and Hunter 97 Farms Edge Rd. North Yarmouth
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: State of Maine
Past Employment: Adjunct Faculty (part time,) St Joseph's (current,) Portland School Based Health Clinics, Maine Neurology, Intermed Pediatrics
Education: Bangor High School Boston College BS Yale University MS
Political experience: North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen 2007-2010
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.annegraham.net

1. Why are you running for office?
I want to continue to bring a real voice to our debates in the Legislature. As a nurse practitioner, I have worked tirelessly on affordable health care for all. I want to work to create jobs and give people a hand up not a hand out so they can move into the middle class. I want to stop tax shifts that are hurting local property taxpayers. I want to make sure we have a strong education system from early childhood through adulthood so people are trained for the 21st century.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
A continued sagging economy and unemployment due to the lack of investment that will create jobs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Unemployment and under employment while coping with increased fuel, food and housing costs.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Release the bonds that have been approved by statewide referendums to invest in infrastructure, research and development and education.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Insure affordable, quality health care

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I passed 4 bipartisan bills in my first term in the legislature despite being in the minority in the House. My opponent passed 3 bill total in her entire 8 years in the legislature. I am committed to continue to working in a bipartisan way to get work done for the people of my community and state.

House District 110
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Ralph Johnston
Date of birth: October 26, 2020
Family: Widowed.
Residence: 99 Cottage Rd., Windham
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Retired
Past Employment: Hews Co., South Portland
Education: Fort Fairfield, none,
Political experience: Windham School Committee, two terms
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

To help change the course of the present administration and legislature.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Issue bonds to improve infrastructure, upper education costs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Improve the economy.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

He follows the Republican philosophy of less government and a completely free enterprise.



Thomas Tyler
Date of birth: October 13, 1947
Family: Wife Sandra, children Julie and James.
Residence: 30 Buckfield Dr., Windham
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Self employed
Past Employment: Sales & Customer service manager for Bushmaster Firearms- Windham; Maine President & CEO for New England Marble & Granite - Bridgton.
Education: Windham High, Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, now SMCC., Associate degree in Electronics — SMVTI.
Political experience: State Representative, 1995-1996
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

Having had a chance to serve the people of Maine and my district in the 117th I know what it takes to move Maine forward. I am a life long resident of Windham, truly value the beautiful state that we live in and firmly believe we can get our economy moving while at the same protecting our heritage and natural resources. Continue to improve the tax structure and welfare reform is what I hear at almost every door.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs, jobs, and Jobs. We need to find ways to get new companies to come here while at the same time helping our existing small businesses to grow. Expand our markets to other areas. If we can improve the job climate everyone will pay their fair share while at the same time lowering the individual burden on each of us.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Basically the same as above, many of the homes I have visited have one of the wage earners out of work. People are not spending for items either because they just do not have the money or they are worried about the future and save what they can. One young couple I visited, he took a job nights, his wife days just so they would not have to pay daycare.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

We need to help existing business find new markets, loan support for expansion and also attract new companies to the state. Many southern states have much better programs for new business. Companies may decide not to come here, however their excuse should never be the state would not help or guide us through the process.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Make our business climate accessible while protecting our natural resources, it can be done with today's technology.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Recently my opponent made the statement to Channel 8 news that he feels the government needs to spend more. The only way the government can spend more is to raise taxes and that is the last thing we need in Maine. We need to find ways to lower the tax burden so more earnings can be in the hands of the working people to improve their lifestyle. Doing away with overlap in government programs creating streamline support systems and eliminate wrong programs should provide capital needed to grow our state while keeping more money in the hands of the public.
Stuart "Toby" Pennels
Date of birth: July 5, 1959
Family: Wife , Brenda Pennels, and children Taylor, Jordan and Shawn.
Residence: 20 Ward Rd., Windham
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Owner Penn Investment Services, stock broker/ investment manager
Past Employment: U.S. Army, 30 years, Retired Colonel
Education: Windham, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts,
Political experience: Windham - Raymond School Board, over 10 years
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: Facebook: StuartTobyPennels

1. Why are you running for office?

I absolutely love the challenges, and the rewards of community and public service. It's something I have done for more than 40 years. The only reason I have not run for public office at the state level before now is that I was concerned about possible conflicts of interest with my military career. I retired from the Army in 2011.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs, incomes, and the overall health of our Maine economy, compounded by exponential energy costs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs, incomes, and the overall health of our Maine economy, compounded by exponential energy costs.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Anything that will attract new private sector businesses and/or foster healthy business growth.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I would like to be part of a legislative team that assists, not hinders, a real economic recovery in Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

This is an important election. Our citizens will be making choices about candidates who are hopefully prepared to take on a docket of critical tasks. My years of School Board, Rotary Club and military work are a known entity. There's no guesswork about what I can do or accomplish. If you need a chairperson for the school finance committee, responsible for presenting a $38 million school budget to our community, I was ready for the task. If you need someone to design and execute multiple fundraising efforts for our Sebago Lake Rotary Club, I was ready for the task. If you need someone to deploy 3 times for 32 months in U.S. combat zones, I was ready for the task.



Jane Pringle
Date of birth: September 11, 1945
Family: Husband, James Pringle, and children Abigail, Dwight and Rachel.
Residence: 3 Great Falls Rd., Windham
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Semi-retired, working as part-time physician at MMC clinics.
Past Employment: 2000-2011 Medical Director of Adult Medicine Clinics, Maine Medical Center; 1993-1999 Medical Director Unum life Insurance Co.; 1983-1993 private practice General Internal Medicine, Portland, ME (MMC and Mercy hospitals;) 1976-1993 Attending Physician Adult Medicine Clinic, Maine Medical Center.
Education: Shaker Heights High School, Ohio, Denison University, BA History, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, M.D., Board Certification in Internal Medicine
Political experience: none
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook : Jane Pringle for Maine State Representative

1. Why are you running for office?

The current state government decided to reduce the number of people covered by MaineCare health insurance. They are also fighting implementation of the Affordable Care Act. I know the benefits of having health insurance for everyone. They include lower total cost and per person costs and healthier people. I have spent much of my career caring for working people with no health insurance or those with disabilities and "underinsured" with MaineCare. I see the difficulty they have getting healthcare and the "cost shifting" from lower cost preventive care to expensive crisis care that occurs when we do not provide health insurance to everyone in our community.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Finding the right balance between saving and spending, standardization and innovation. We need to help make state government flexible enough to change approaches and systems when current systems are not working. There are several equally important areas that state government can be most effective. They are education, infrastructure (roads, waterways and communicationsystems), law enforcement and healthcare and social services.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

I have heard about these three areas equally as I go door to door.
1. Jobs
2. Having affordable and portable health insurance
3. Protecting retirement income.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

1. Keep people healthy with health insurance for everyone that is portable between jobs or school or work injury and costs less because it covers everyone.
2. Provide education and training in the skills needed to survive and thrive in today's world.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to see that everyone in Maine has health insurance.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have worked as a primary care physician, a physician educator, an administrator and in the insurance industry. I believe I can bring insights from my work experience that will benefit state government.
John Logan Jones
Date of birth: May 18, 1986
Family: Single
Residence: 64 Foreside Rd., Falmouth
Political party: Republican
Current Employment:
Past Employment: Pizza Chef - Ricetta's Brick Oven Pizza (First Job in High School); Airborne Cryptologic Pashto Linguist - US Air Force Colorado; Regional Director - Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign. Falmouth High School, Defense Language Institute,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.johnloganjones.com

1. Why are you running for office?

During my time in the Air Force, I saw a lot of taxpayer money being mismanaged, to put it lightly. From that point on, I began to see the same sort of mismanagement at all levels of government. During tough times like these, Mainers need jobs, not more taxation and government spending. My goal as a legislator will be to reduce the burden of the state on our local economy by identifying possible spending cuts, thereby maintaining a balanced budget and keeping more money in Mainers' pockets.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The biggest issue facing our state, and it's been this way for far too long, is the "brain drain" that occurs when young Mainers begin looking for work after finishing school. In Falmouth, young people receive an exceptional education, only to leave our state's borders to look for work. We all know Maine has what it takes to be a vibrant, growing economy, and so I want to go to Augusta to ensure Maine is a welcoming business climate for investors and entrepreneurs to come and provide fresh opportunities for young Mainers.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Without question, the issue on everyone's mind is Maine's economy. Falmouth has seen its share of businesses opening then shuttering their doors in recent years and each year we lose more educated young minds to other states. This trend must be reversed by trimming and maintaining a balanced budget, and by reducing barriers to entry for new businesses in our state. Money that can be freed up from the state's budget is money that can remain in Mainers' pockets and circulate in our local communities. A balanced budget and commonsense regulation is key to long-term economic sustainability.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

The primary role of government ought to be maintaining and providing for a stable rule of law. It is the predictability of the rule of law which provides the foundation for a strong economy. By attempting to centrally plan the economy and provide artificial fiscal stimulus, government gets distracted from its constitutional role as the arbiter of peace and justice. Economic central planning by government leads to cronyism as public officials look for ways to use their positions to benefit special interests. I say it's time to focus on maintaining a level playing field via a consistent rule of law.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Maximize economic freedom.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

My opponent and I have very different opinions of what the proper role of government should be. My opponent believes that government should centrally plan our economy, whereas I believe in the power of individuals and communities to build a strong and prosperous economy without using government mandates. Unlike my opponent whose plans would require our state to borrow and/or tax more, to the detriment of subsequent generations, my service in the legislature will be marked by a refusal to saddle future generations with debt. Debt and taxes are not long-term solutions, economic freedom is.



Mary Nelson
Date of birth: May 3, 1943
Family: Spouse, Kenneth M. Nelson and children Caleb, Joshua and Matthew.
Residence: 213 Foreside Rd., Falmouth
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: State Representative
Past Employment: Director of Development, Cedars Nursing Care Center; Director of Alumni Relations and Development, Univ. of Maine School of Law; Project Director, Environmental and Economic Council of Maine (EECOM), which became The Maine Alliance (business group;) Administrative Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Education: Roosevelt High School, Washington, Smith College, USM, Muskie School, Master's Degree in Public Policy and Management
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives, 124th and 125th Maine Legislatures; Falmouth Town Council; Town Meeting, Brookline, Massachusetts.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

I wish to continue to work on education issues: assure that a quality public education is available to every child; support teachers and insure superb teacher training and mentoring programs; promote post-secondary education (community colleges, baccalaureate programs, professional and vocational training programs) to prepare citizens for the work and civic responsibilities they will face in their lives.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

I think that the biggest issue facing Maine is to improve our economy and to provide good jobs for Maine people. We need to invest in education at all levels, from early childhood programs through post-secondary education. We need to prepare the workforce of the future. We need to invest in research and development and develop innovative partnerships with the private sector. We need to strengthen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, insure that the arts remain part of the core curriculum, and build sustainability.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Voters in my district are committed to insuring a strong education system and a healthy economy for Maine. We want to create a state where you can grow a business, raise a family, and share a sense of community. Falmouth voters are strong supporters of protecting and preserving Maine's natural environment by protecting open spaces, encouraging the development and use of clean energy, and wisely using our marine resources.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Government needs to provide a trained work force, and to develop policies (such as Pine Tree Zones) and support organizations (such as the Maine Technology Institute and higher education institutions) that encourage and partner with business to innovate, find efficiences, and develop ways to compete effectively, not only in our country but in the global economy.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to assure that our state continues to invest in education, that we create world-class higher education institutions, and that we encourage all students to pursue post-secondary education, through college, vocational training programs, or military service.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I believe that government has an important role to play in assuring an educated, healthy, involved citizenry, and protecting and providing a safety net for those who are sick, elderly, poor, or disabled. I believe that government can provide policies which encourage innovation and which support job growth and business success. I believe that government must protect individual liberty, and I believe that government is an essential partner in insuring a prosperous, engaged society, and opportunity for all.
House District 113
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Mark Dion
Date of birth: February 26, 1955
Family: Wife, Cheryl, and two adult daughters.
Residence: 45 Allison Ave., Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Lawyer
Past Employment: Sheriff of Cumberland County; Deputy Chief, Portland Police; Adjunct faculty at SMCC, Husson.
Education: Lewiston High, University of Southern Maine, USM, BA Criminal Justice; Antioch New England Graduate School, Master in Human Services Administration; University of Maine School of Law JD; Harvard JFK School of Government, Senior Exec. Program State and Local Govt.
Political experience: Three terms as sheriff (12 yrs.,) one term State Rep HD 113.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

To continue working on legislation that represents the best interests of my constituents.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economic development.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Cost of secondary and post secondary education. Energy. Health care.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

First, provide business owners with a sense that Augusta policies will be consistent and predictable to encourage long-term investment. Second, commit resources to enhancing the growth and development of a technology workforce that can build and sustain the core of modern economy. Third, Augusta must commit to making timely infrastructure investments to leverage private economic activity.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Craft a long-term energy policy that acknowledges the economic realities of a regional market.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have been fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity and responsibility to lead by the voters of the county and my district. I have also demonstrated that ability while in service to the City of Portland. My record is one that I am proud of. The success that comes from public service can only be accomplished when you work to move the issues that are important to the individuals and families who have allowed you to work on their behalf.



Jeffrey Langholtz
Date of birth: February 4, 1960
Family: Spouse, Diane.
Residence: 141 Virginia St., Portland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Attorney, self employed
Past Employment: Home construction
Education: East Meadow High School l, Hofstra University, Vermont Law School
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

Engaging in public service is a civic duty that helps ensure that government carries out its responsibilities fairly. I would like to see the people of our state have an opportunity to meet their potential and would like to be part of the solution that helps the citizens of Maine lead a more prosperous and secure life.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The biggest issue facing the state is employment. Hard working people are concerned about providing for their families. We must do more to produce an environment that fosters job growth.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Government spending and taxes are the issues that people are concerned about. Getting value for our tax dollars particularly in education is important. Having our children get a good education that allows them to secure worthwhile employment here in Maine should be a priority.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Job creation is a function of private enterprise. Government's most important role in improving the economy is to refrain from impeding the free market. Allowing the creative spirit of individuals to realize their ambitions unhindered by unnecessary government intervention will go a long ways to improving the economy.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Improve the economic environment for the citizens of our state.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I will do more to address the economic needs of the members of District 113.
Eric Bleicken
Date of birth: March 21, 1941
Family: Two daughter and a son.
Residence: Maplewood St., Portland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Business owner
Past Employment: Various defense contractors, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Education: Hingham HS, Hingham, MA, UM (Orono) BS,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

I'm a fiscal and social conservative. As a former member of the Navy's Special Operations Forces, former presidential Defense Department appointee and developer of advanced defense technologies, I offer a strategic view of how and why Maine fits into the future of this great nation and what we can do to help restore our lead in the western world. Our state and federal constitutions provide a very good starting point.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Lack of good paying jobs. Business is cutting back, not expanding or moving to a more business friendly environment. Continuing insecurity regarding health care costs and changing government regulations prevents long term investment and planning and results in reluctance to take chances. Profit is the purpose of business, not job creation or funding government wealth redistribution.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Property, income and business taxes in addition to concern for cultural degradation. Illegal immigration, especially non-English speaking foreigners, place an enormous burden on taxpaying homeowners and working Mainers. Portland's lingering "sanctuary city" posture must be recinded.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Support Governor LePage's efforts to reduce the size and cost of government, attract new industry and restore the state to a viable economy.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I am a tea party Republican. I will be honest and consistant in supporting a conservative philosophy.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am a Constitutional originalist, he is a long-standing liberal.



Peter Stuckey
Date of birth: May 1, 1947
Family: Wife, Michelle; children: Jason, Sarah 20 Vaill St. Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: State of Maine, Maine Turnpike Authority & LL Bean
Past Employment: People's Regional Opportunity Program (now part of the Opportunity Alliance) East End Children's Workshop
Education: Phillips Exeter Academy Princeton none
Political experience: State Representative in the 124th & 125th Maine Legislatures
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?
I spent 36 years working in organizations in our community that promote community action and provide supporting services to our neighbors in need. I've brought that experience and perspective to the legislature for the past four years. I believe state government has a significant role to play in promoting and protecting a decent quality of life for all Maine people. And I look forward to representing my hard working friends and neighbors in the 126th Maine legislature.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The biggest challenge we face as a state is reaching a better understanding of our shared responsibilities to and for ourselves, and each other. To do that, we must strive for full engagement in our political process and social institutions, and for fairness in our economy, including decent wages, affordable health care, relevant education and training, and fair taxes. Of course, the other thing we have to do is be smart about protecting our environment and managing our natural resources.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
See above.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Invest. Using a strategy of tax credits and bonds, invest in an aggressive program to weatherize our housing stock and business/manufacturing facilities, to maintain and improve our transportation and communications infrastructures, and to support research and development and job training initiatives. These kinds of investments would create new jobs, and the skilled and relevant workforce to fill them. They would be good for the environment, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and save us all money. And they would support our current business community and stimulate more investments in our Maine economy.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
I want to work to pass a State budget that really cares for and about all the people of Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I believe homeland security begins at home. In our free enterprise democracy, we need a strong and active government, representative of all corners of our community, to provide vision and leadership, to collect and distribute resources, and to ensure equality of opportunity and justice under the law. We need an informed and engaged public. We don't lack resources. We just need to develop, collect and use them more appropriately. Stuckey

Seth Berner
Date of birth: November 26, 1956
Family: Partner Deb Sawyer
Residence: 169 Clinton St., Portland
Political party: Green Independent
Current Employment: Lawyer - self employed
Past Employment:
Education: Shaker Heights High School, Ohio, Brandeis University, Mass., University of Maine School of Law
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.sethberner.com

1. Why are you running for office?

To speak about issues not being spoken about, or not being spoken about as I think they should be; to serve Maine by working to find non-partisan solutions to issues hurting people of all political persuasions - real affordable health care, jobs that pay living wages, a tax policy that does not fall disproportionally on those least able to bear it, education for all ages that will prepare both the young and old to participate in our economy, saving and preserving our environment and natural resources so that our children will be able to enjoy them, ensuring that all Mainers enjoy the human rights that should be part of a state where life is as life should be.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Tax policy - we must institute a graduated tax rate in which higher income means higher tax rate. This is the only way the state can both generate the revenue needed to implement other desperately needed programs, and make it possible for lower income residents to participate in the economy - which needs participation of all to thrive!

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The same. My district is part of Maine, and will suffer when Maine as a whole struggles.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

See my answer above. See my on-line statements at http://www.sethberner.com/jobs.shtml and http://www.sethberner.com/tax.shtml

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Sponsor a graduated income tax program.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have more experience than my opponent working on a broad range of crucial issues (health care, criminal justice, human rights, the environment, etc.), and more understanding of how issues affect other issues, so am better prepared to find solutions with fewer adverse consequences. Also, as a Green I am not beholden to either major political party and so am better able to work with both big parties and prevent political gridlock..



Erik Jorgensen
Date of birth: October 30, 1964
Family: Wife, Tamara Risser, one son.
Residence: 83 Highland St., Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Executive Director, Maine Humanities Council (until this past June)
Past Employment: Program Officer and Assistant Director Maine Humanities Council (1999-2006;) Coordinator, Maine New Century Community Program (1999-2001;) Executive Director, Pejepscot Historical Society (1988-1998.)
Education: Public High School, Harvard, Massachusetts (The Bromfield School), Bowdoin College (BA) , Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, (MPA)
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.erikjorgensen.org

1. Why are you running for office?

I've lived in greater Portland since the '80s; in Deering since 1999. I love Maine. That said, I'm concerned by our state's current direction, and troubled by the agenda-driven policies now being promoted in Augusta. For two decades I've led educational and community cultural organizations. This work crosses boundaries, and gives perspective on a range of issues — from literacy, to economics, to local identity. In addition, I've met payrolls, balanced budgets, and worked closely with both federal and state government agencies. I've worked in every county. I believe that this statewide experience will help me represent Portland.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy and jobs. Those are the immediate issues, but longer-term factors underlie everything: Maine's poverty level, lower educational achievement, remote geographical location, and aging, dispersed, and relatively unhealthy population will continue to challenge us. Greater Portland's numbers are better than those in most other parts of Maine, but these demographics bear on the entire state (and its budget) profoundly. On the plus side, Maine has excellent assets around quality of place, environment, and livable communities. We should dust off the Brookings report, which, though imperfect, offers some excellent suggestions on how to make the most of these strengths.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Urban needs differ from rural ones. Our voters see that cuts in Augusta are disproportionately harming Portland and other cities. Because program cuts don't reduce underlying needs, property taxes rise and livability declines in the struggle to make up the difference. And, if the U.S. Congress fails to resolve the fiscal cliff problem that it has created with sequestration and the federal budget, there will be even more serious challenges to the next state budget. Finally, we need to maintain our hard-won environmental protections and work to repair and restore our damaged social safety net.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Long-term, having a robust and affordable education system, encompassing pre-k to college and vocational education, is the single best strategy. Shorter-term, the best approach is funding infrastructure and R&D through prudent bonding. Predictable and effective state government services are crucial, too. Longest-term, research shows how a dollar spent at a local business develops nearly twice as much economic benefit as one spent at a national chain. Moving beyond the era of peak oil, local purchasing, agriculture, energy, and food systems are going to offer competitive advantage and new opportunities for Maine. Government policies should encourage buying local at all levels.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

My first priority is to support our mayor and delegation's excellent work building policy alliances between Portland and other service center communities, and doing all I can on the state level to help realize Mayor Brennan's ambitious economic and educational vision for greater Portland.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Seth Berner is smart, principled, and well-informed — all characteristics that are, in my mind, very important for a legislator. He's a Green Independent, and I suspect that on most specific issues we are more or less in alignment. I do, however, believe that there is value to being part of a party that will have either a majority or a large minority in the 126th Legislature. I also believe that the breadth of my state-wide experience and work with state government will be helpful in getting me up to speed quickly.
Denise Harlow
Date of birth: September 27, 1970
Family: Single
Residence: 36 Broadway, Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: State Legislator and self employed
Past Employment: Long time coach UPS
Education: Catherine McAuley High School, Brandeis University,
Political experience: State Representative
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

I would like to see our state thrive while also protecting its natural resources.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The biggest issue facing our state is a lack of jobs, with benefits, that pay well enough for Maine people to stay out of poverty and meet even their basic needs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The biggest issue for voters is finding and keeping good paying jobs.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Our state government could work better with local government to find solutions to our problems rather than passing the buck to local municipalities and forcing them to deal with them on their own.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I would like to continue to work towards greater civility in Augusta, which will bring better results for all Maine people.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am not afraid to voice my opinion. However, I do not have an opponent this election.
Richard (Dick) Farnsworth
Date of birth: July 29, 1940
Family: Wife Ellen and children Richard, Ian and Ellen Jane.
Residence: 55 Old Mast Rd. , Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Retired
Past Employment: Executive Director, Woodfords Family Services
Education: Anthony Wayne High School, Ohio State University, Masters Degree, Boston University, Graduate Study, Temple University
Political experience: State Representative to the 118th Legislature
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

After years of managing an agency that draws upon MaineCare/Medicaid to provide services, I believe that I can bring that expertise to the table in decisions regarding that issue that seems to be so much of a problem in the state budget.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Student focused educational reform. This means education that is focused on the learning styles of the student with a goal of creating an environment that will encourage students to complete their secondary education, will prepare students for learning in skills that are and will be in demand for the future and will give our population the edge in having a skilled workforce that will attract businesses of the future.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

I believe that it is the economy and the slow recovery we are experienceing.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Make some serious decisions about what kind of economic development we want in our state, focus in on the resources necessary to attract that type of business and streamline the approval process, although not at the expense of the environment, to expedite the location of those businesses to Maine.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I believe that we need to have a significant and comprehensive tax reform in the state in order to insure a fairer balance of taxation as well as to take pressure off the lower income populations.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am not aware of my opponents views on issues.



Frederic Miller
Date of birth: November 4, 1941
Family: Wife Ruth and children Sandi Haas, Heather MacBeth and Michael Miller.
Residence: 26 Mayer Rd., Portland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: WRKJ Radio, also Cape Elizabeth schools.
Past Employment: Northern Essex Community College, Southern Maine Community College, WDCS Radio, WIDE Radio, WEMT-TV (now WVII), WCSC-TV, WLOB Radio, plus others. (53 years of radio & television)
Education: Roxbury Memorial High School, University of Southern Maine, USM, MS in Education
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.miller4house.com

1. Why are you running for office?

Our taxes are too high, our business regulation is anti-business, causing employers to leave and new employers unwilling to come here. We also need to do a better job in education especially for students with learning deficits.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Lack of jobs, caused by businesses unwilling to locate here because of unreasonable regulation.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Too many TIF's being given away, which contributes to continual increases in municipal taxes, additionally caused by the state unable or unwilling to pay its fair share. Some years ago, the voters approved the funding of public education by the state of 55 percent. The state has not met that goal. If we deregulate, businesses will come, business will hire, part of the new wages earned will flow back to the state as income tax, and with more purchasing power, more sales tax will be generated.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Get rid of unreasonable regulation, then with friendlier regulation in place, convince business that Maine is open for business, that we have the skilled people, the educational system and the cooperation needed for their business to thrive. More businesses in Maine mean more hires, more Maine tax revenue with absolutely no increase in taxes for Maine citizens.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Put more people back to work.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

My opponent is a tax and spend Democrat. I'm conservative enough to know you cannot spend what you do not have.
Kevin Casey



Thomas MacMillan
Date of birth: September 8, 1986
Family:
Residence: 8 Salem St., Portland
Political party: Green Independent
Current Employment: Substitute teacher, South Portland schools.
Past Employment: AmeriCorps VISTA, Learning Works, Portland Community Organizer, Working America, Portland
Education: Portland High School, Clark University,
Political experience: Maine Green Independent Party, Steering Committee (2011-present)
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: thomasmacmillan.org

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because the Maine Legislature has failed to seriously address the issues of income inequality, the lack of universal health care and living wage jobs for Maine residents. I have seen in my own life the harm caused for those who lack adequate health care coverage, even for those with health insurance.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The on-going destruction of the social safety net combined with the lack of living wage jobs for Mainers of all socioeconomic groups.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The on-going destruction of the social safety net combined with the lack of living wage jobs for Mainers of all socioeconomic groups.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Spur economic growth and reduce income inequality by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Mainers and ending corporate tax loopholes.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Secure health care as a human right.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am a member of the Maine Green Independent Party, which, as a rule, never accepts money from corporations or their PACs. As such, if elected, I will not be accountable to the special interests which give large sums of money to both the Maine Democratic and Republican Parties.



Matt Moonen
Date of birth: May 9, 1984
Family: Partner, Jeremy Kennedy.
Residence: 17 Pine St. #2, Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: L.L. Bean
Past Employment: EqualityMaine (2007-2010) Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (2011) Northwestern University Undergraduate Admissions Office (2012)
Education: Martin Luther King High School, Northwestern University,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.mattmoonen.com, www.facebook.com/moonenformaine

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running because I believe that providing opportunity for families and businesses to thrive is what is needed to move the state forward. I have been very disappointed with the recent situation in Augusta. Rather than working together to get things done, the current administration has been playing politics with divisive attacks on health care, worker's rights, and education. I believe we can do better.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economic growth and jobs. While the national economy grew by 1.5 percent and the economy of New England grew by 1.8 percent in 2011, the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that in 2011 Maine's economy shrunk by four-tenths of a percent. Maine legislators should be focused on turning this around.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

District 118 is the progressive leader for the state. We need a representative who will be strong in standing up for our shared values, from preserving clean elections to winning full equality for all Mainers to passing a budget that isn't balanced on the backs of our state's most vulnerable citizens. I have the best combination of energy and experience to do just that.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

There are a number of things the government can and should do to improve the economy:
1. Investing in schools to prepare students for the jobs of the future'
2. Providing workforce training to match employee skills with employer needs;
3. Rebuilding our state infrastructure;
4. Supporting traditional industries like tourism, farming, and fishing and
5. Fostering growth in clean energy, biotech, and other emerging sectors.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Restoring the Maine Clean Elections Act to what the voters intended when they passed it. We deserve to know that our elected officials are there to represent us, and not those with deep pockets. I'm proud to be a Clean Elections candidate and look forward to seeing the system fully restored.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

After this election our district will be represented by someone under 30. This is exciting because any of us could bring new energy and ideas to the legislature. What differentiates me from my opponents is my experience as a leader on progressive issues like marriage equality and clean elections. This combination of both energy and experience makes me the best choice to serve our district and the people of Portland.
Herb Adams
Date of birth: October 9, 1954
Family:
Residence: 231 State St., Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Adjunct faculty, SMCC
Past Employment: Adjunct faculty, USM; Maine State Legislature; Registry of Probate, Cumberland County.
Education: Oxford Hills High School, University of Southern Maine, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, State Executives Program, 2010
Political experience: Portland School Committee, Registry of Probate Cumberland County, Maine State Legislature.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.herbadams.me

1. Why are you running for office?

One:To fight for fairness and reform in the state school funding formula, which dirves our property tax burden. Two: To expand "Opportunity Maine" scholarship/ tax credit program, to keep our best grads and best future jobs here in Maine. Three: To sponsor an affordable housing bond (about $20 million ) much needed and long overdue. Four: To sponsor Land For Maine's Future Fund bond, to preserve the best of Maine for the rest of Maine.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Meeting the challenges of a world abruptly without borders — suddenly our old industries, resources, jobs and economy must meet the challenges of competition from the worldwide map. Maine's treasured and traditional jobs — in timber, shoemaking, sea harvesting, farming, tourism — are under challenge from cheaper (but not better ) places. Can Maine play to its unique strengths — our natural resources, our unique character, our dedicated workforce — and hold a place in that new world? Given our unique gifts, I think we can.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

On doorsteps, people tell you: Taxes. Almost half of Portland's city budget goes to our schools, but only a fraction of our school funding comes from the state. The rest comes from city property tax .The current, unfair, state school funding formula is the hot little engine that heats up our tax bills and our tempers. A truly fair state formula would recognize: tax effort ( how much we tax ourselves;) free and reduced lunch figures (as an index of student body poverty and need;) and English as a Second Language figures (showing the diversity and challenge of educating our diverse city.) Portland, like other places, should be rewarded in the formula for its sincere efforts to deal with all these challenges. A truly fair state school funding formula is needed to do that.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Steady, long-term investment in education and STEM goals — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics — to educate our future generation for the future's real jobs; and expand the "Opportunity Maine" scholarship tax/credit program ( which I sponsored ) to keep our best and brightest grads right here at home. Education is the best long-term investment — it always pays off, but always takes time. Maine must make that investment to keep our grads here to build the economy and the state we all want.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Revise and restore fairness to the state school funding formula and school construction formula.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Energy, experience, enthusiasm and accomplishment. A solid record of getting legislation passed and getting things done, to protect our environment, promote education, respect our growing diversity, to hold on to the best that is Maine and to position Maine the best for the impact of an ever-shrinking world. I hope my past record will show success in all these things.



Ben Chipman
Date of birth: August 18, 1975
Family: Single, no children.
Residence: 5 Mayo St. #3, Portland
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Community organizer and legislator
Past Employment: Legislative Aide; Maine House of Representatives 2002-2006; Community Organizer 2000-present.
Education: Mt. Ararat High School, University of Maine, University of Maine, Associates Degree
Political experience: Portland Charter Commission 2009-2010; Maine House of Representatives 2010-present
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.VoteChipman.com

1. Why are you running for office?

As the only Independent member of the Maine House of Representatives I have had a very successful first term. I got a major cut to General Assistance removed from the governor's proposed budget in Spring 2011 (a limit of 30 days of assistance per calendar year.) I got four bills passed, including a bill to promote financial literacy for high school students. I have provided results for many constituents, including getting MaineCare restored for a constituent who had been cut off. This amount of success is almost unheard of for a first term legislator. I think I can accomplish even more if I am re-elected.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy is Maine's biggest single issue. Before the recession we had high unemployment in rural Maine for a long time. Wages are too low and the cost of living is too high, making it difficult for many residents to make ends meet.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The biggest issue for voters in my district is the recent budget cuts to social services. The budget cuts to MaineCare, General Assistance, and substance abuse treatment have had a negative impact on many of my constituents.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

We need to implement policies that make Maine a more affordable place to live and raise a family so we can retain college graduates, foster innovation, and have good living wage jobs with benefits. State government could also do more to market Maine as a tourist destination and promote our natural environment, parks, trails, and other outdoor opportunities.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to make in-state community college and university tuition free for Maine residents earning less than $25,000 per year. Several states offer merit-based free tuition for in-state residents while others offer free tuition based on financial need. I think we have an obligation to find a way to provide free tuition for our lower income residents. The cost of tuition should not be the only barrier to attending our state community colleges and universities.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have provided the highest level of constituent service, holding five town hall meetings in my district during this term. I also attend the monthly meetings of all three neighborhood associations in my district, providing a valuable link between the neighborhoods and state government.



Gwendolyne Tuttle
Date of birth: October 5, 1985
Family:
Residence: 401 Cumberland Ave. , Portland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Case Manager at Support and Recovery Services.
Past Employment: Residential Crisis Worker - Crisis and Counseling (2008;) Supervisor - LEAP Inc. (2008-2009;) Case Manager - Support and Recovery Services (2009-present.)
Education: Ellsworth High School, U. Maine Farmington, BA Psychology, University of New England, MA Social Work (in progress)
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: Facebook: GwendolyneTuttleforMaineLegislature

1. Why are you running for office?

A close personal friend of mine has a son who just turned three. I think about the Maine that I had the privilege to grow up in - summer jobs, the ability to go to college, living in a home owned by my family. Then I think about the Maine I live in now. My hope is that by running for office I will have the opportunity to create and impact legislation that will allow my friend's son to enjoy that same Maine I've been able to enjoy.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The biggest issue currently facing the state is the economy. A poor economy translates into unemployment, the need for welfare and a weakened state infrastructure which cannot adequately support the increasing needs of Maine citizens.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The biggest issue facing voters in my district is the continual loss of personal liberty; inappropriate government intervention in the personal lives of Portland citizens. One of the issues consistently vocalized to me by my constituents is marriage equality. The issue of who can marry who should not be decided by the legislature but by the individuals who wish to enter into this significant and life altering committment. Government has no place in marriage. I want to work towards a state of independence and freedom for all citizens.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Government can take a step back, reduce regulations and allow for a healthy economy to grow. Maine is frequently cited as one of the most "unfriendly" states to business. Reducing unecessary regulations will allow small businesses to grow which will in turn create more jobs. Additionally, creating a more business friendly climate will also encourage job growth in areas which current college graduates must leave the state to find.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to see incarceration for non-violent drug related crimes reduced and move toward a rehabilitation model which is more cost effective and reduces recidivism.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

One of the major differences between my opponents and I is that I am not a politician, I am a social worker. I am well versed in social policy and see the effects of social policy everyday. Through my work I am constantly meeting with individuals who live in my district and have the opportunity to find out what is most important to them. In addition to being a very strong advocate, I am also a graduate student. I understand the importance and necessity of thorough research in decision making and am not afraid of hard work. Constituents and colleagues indicate that with my knowledge and expertise, I would be a valuable asset to the state legislature.
Davian Akers
Date of birth: November 25, 1980
Family: Two parents and a brother.
Residence: 10 Ponce St., Portland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment:
Past Employment: Media Buyer for the direct response industry. Owner of a marketing firm. Part-time restaurant server at various restaurants.
Education: Lake Region High School, Ithaca College
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.davianakers.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I could sit on the couch, turn on the TV and watch my personal freedoms and liberties fade away or I can do something about it by running for state representative. I'll do my part to make a positive impact on the Portland community and Maine. I support the rights of the individual. We all live our lives differently and independently which means we need a simple government that protects our basic rights. My ideal government is one that protects us from harm and encourages us to prosper. I am supporter of welfare reform, no income tax and a more efficiently run government. I also have an interest in the arts culture in Portland and wish to see our government open to attracting Hollywood film producers to do business in Maine.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Welfare abuse. Taxpayer funded welfare is blatantly being wasted by those who are able to make a living for themselves. We must use that money to encourage good behaviors rather than unhealthy habits. Maine needs to make a strong stand against welfare abuse so that these services can provide better quality care and support to those who need them the most.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

High property taxes and increasing rents. Portland needs to set an example of fiscal responsibility and welcome more companies to move in and provide jobs. I talk to business owners who wish to provide better benefits to their employees but can't afford them due to the increasing costs of doing business in Portland.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Support a tax structure that will encourage personal prosperity, business growth and a competitive advantage to other state when attracting new businesses. This will in effect provide more jobs and convince Maine graduates to stay in Maine.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Help make Maine become a place to make money and easily do business.



Justin Lynn



Diane Russell
Date of birth: August 9, 1976
Family: Happy Spinster
Residence: 28 Vesper St., Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Morel Communications
Past Employment: My career has focused on non-profit management, public relations and conference management for more than a decade.
Education: Leavitt Area High School, USM,
Political experience: State Representative, 124th and 125th Legislature
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.DianeMRussell.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I believe it is time to create an economy where everyone plays by the same rules and the American Dream is achievable for anyone who works hard to get ahead.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

People should be climbing into the middle class not falling out of it. In these economic times, we should be focusing our limited resources on improving our public education system, ensuring our elderly retire in dignity and investing in our roads, bridges and public safety. Sadly, the past two years, we have seen the majority strip rights away from workers, attempt to suppress the vote of working people and roll back health care protections for middle class families. It's time to focus on getting our economy moving again so people can have good paying jobs that support their families.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The overarching concern I hear from voters falls under one umbrella - Governor LePage. His policies run counter to the values, the hopes and the dreams of people in my community. Whether it's the two different dads watching their kids battle brain cancer, low income folks trying to afford their heat every winter, or moms concerned about BPA - most agree this Governor is sending our state's economy in the wrong direction.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Our economy is dependent on a strong, skilled workforce, predictable regulations and investments in transportation to ensure products can get to market. The State of Maine should be committing itself to a quality education system from pre-K through college or trade education. Our regulations should be clear and consistent so entrepreneurs can focus on their customers. And finally, we should be investing in our roads, bridges and digital infrastructure so businesses can get their product to the local and global markets.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to properly fund the weatherization initiative of the Efficiency Maine Trust so people can reduce their heating costs permanently.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I will always prioritize the needs of the middle class over the interests of multi-national corporations and the 1 percent.
House District 121
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Kim Monaghan-Derrig
Date of birth: December 18, 1958
Family: Husband, Kevin Derrig, and one daughter.
Residence: 6 Russet Lane, Cape Elizabeth
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Marketing and tour manager, Portland.
Past Employment: Convention & Visitors Bureau of Portland, Maine; CommonDreams.orgl Diversified Communications; Rep. Thomas H. Andrews, Maine Legislature.
Education: Cape Elizabeth High School , University of Maine, MA, Public Policy & Management, USM Muskie School of Public Service, 2011
Political experience: State Representative, House District 121; Cape Elizabeth School Board 2010, 2011
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook

1. Why are you running for office?

I am a strong believer in public service and want to make a progressive difference for Cape Elizabeth and for our State of Maine. Maine's motto, Dirigo, means "to lead." The motto reflects the character and beliefs of Mainers. We must lead forward, not backwards. As a lifelong Mainer, I understand the importance of our state moving forward.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Improving Maine's economy and the need to create jobs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

In our small town, we have a few issues concerning voters: Challenges in future municipal revenue funding, equitible school funding, keeping property taxes at a reasonable rate, maintaining public access to Crescent Beach State Park and the future of the Thomas Memorial Library.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Tax fairness for Maine's working middle class. Continue to develop public and private partnerships through economic development programs, strengthen Maine's universities and community colleges.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Sponsor legislation that will promote and create resource-based jobs in Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I support a women's right to choose, voter rights, marriage equality, quality public education and responsible environmental laws. I believe health care should be accessible for all, as a right and not a privilege. I am qualified and prepared to stand up to the extreme agenda of the current majority.



Nancy Thompson
Date of birth: July 31, 1958
Family: Spouse, Tim, and children Molly, Emily, Timmy, Russell & Haley.
Residence: 6 Pine Ridge Rd., Cape Elizabeth
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Living Wealth Partners, LLC
Past Employment: Metlife
Education: Winchester High School, Winchester, MA, Katharine Gibbs School, Bentley College, Boston College, Katharine Gibbs School/Certificate; Bentley College/Paralegal Certificate; Boston College/attended
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I want to make a difference in my community. As a mother of 5 children, I'm deeply concerned about creating an environment in Maine where jobs can be more plentiful so they can come back, get a job and build a life in Maine. Too many of our college students leave and can't come back because there aren't jobs for them.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Lack of jobs and underemployment.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Taxes, jobs and underemployment

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Continue to make Maine as attractive as possible for businesses to grow and flourish.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Improve the climate for Maine's entrepreneurs and business owners, so that our young people can stay in Maine to work and raise their families.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have an exceptional community service record, and I believe that my experience in and commitment to small business, the backbone of Maine's economy, will help me make the tough decisions that face Maine's families. I am an independent thinker and will vote my conscience and not strict party line.
House District 122
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Christopher Kessler
Date of birth: August 22, 1982
Family: Spouse Jessica Kessler, daughter Cadence Kessler.
Residence: 41 Cottage Rd., South Portland
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Sales & Energy auditor, reVision heat - Portland.
Past Employment: Weatherization Technician, organizer for Americans Elect Maine, People's Regional Opportunity Program; Energy Auditor for LIHEAP Weatherization Program; City of South Portland Energy & Recycling Committee, South Portland;Preble Street Teen Center, Caseworker Support Staff; StudentLoanJustice.org, Maine; Maine Chapter Leader Spurwink Services; Child Care Worker, Elmcrest Children's Center Syracuse, NY.
Education: Canastota High School (Canastota, NY), State University of New York at Oswego (Oswego, NY), BPI Building Analyst
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: ChristopherKessler.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I feel it is a duty for those who are capable to serve the public and I am willing to commit the time to do so. I feel that I have skills to offer the people of Maine, and I bring those skills unattached to a political party. I believe that we need more Independent voices in Augusta and politics in general.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Of the many issues facing our state, Maine's dependence on oil is one of the most pressing. Nearly 80 percent of our homes heat with oil, and with prices increasing, families and businesses in Maine are feeling the financial pressure. At the same time, federal support for weatherizationand energy assistance programs have diminished greatly. This has left a large portion of our state still struggling to heat their homes and unable to escape their dependency on oil. It is time that we stop depending on the federal government for help, and start doing everything we can as a state to utilize our natural resources in Maine to provide heat and electricity to our homes, businesses and industry. I will do everything in my power to help Maine invest in weatherization and make the switch to wood, natural gas, wind, solar and tidal technology. We will be able to save hundreds of millions of dollars a year, create good jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions - all for generations to come. As an energy professional who has worked in both the public and private sectors, I understand the dynamics of this challenge.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Unemployment and the economy.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Government can be a catalyst for growth.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

To help get Maine off of oil and reduce energy costs.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

As an Independent and Clean Elections candidate, I am free from the influence of party politics and big-money donors. I am willing to work together with those who bring facts and good ideas. I come with an open mind.



Terry K. Morrison



Thomas Sarbanis II
House District 123
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Roger Bishop
Date of birth: July 28, 1948
Family: Wife, Virginia "Ginny" Bishop and two adult children.
Residence: 10 Leighton Farm Rd., Cape Elizabeth
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Self employed, consultant
Past Employment: Human resources professional at Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland; Intersil Corp., PA; Harris Corp., PA; GE Corp., PA; RCA/Sharp Microelectronics Inc., WA; RCA Corp., various locations.
Education: Allegan High School, MI, Ferris State University, BS Marketing; Davenport College, AS Business Admininstration., Unv of Scranton - MS, Human Resources Admin.
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.rogerabishop.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I will provide a voice in the legislature that is not dictated by party politics in order to accomplish the goals of government. I will use my skills as a facilitator to help other representatives reach consensus. I will draw upon my 40 years of professional business experience to address the economic needs of District 123 and the state.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economic growth! We have the choice of either continuing to only reduce spending or generating more revenue. I prefer generating more revenue by growing existing business and introducing new business into our revenue stream.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The issues differ between various demographics, however, the top three are: property tax increases in light of decreasing or stagnate property values. Affordability and quality of education. Economic growth.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Government has an important role in setting the terms, conditions and attitude for economic growth. That direction needs to be consistent from one administration to the next with the full involvement and support of the legislature. "Business Friendly" is not just a sign by the roadside, it is a positive and consistent behavior and action.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I will be actively involved in attracting new business to the community and state. To do that will require a careful evaluation of our present economic develop plan, implementation and marketing strategies.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Experience! Over the past 40 years I have dealt with domestic and international business issues, mergers, acquisitions, major construction projects and acted as a liaison to legislative bodies in the states where I supported businesses. I have worked for large corporations and understand complex financial processes. I have a background in human resources, labor relations and facilitation.



Scott Hamann
Date of birth: February 15, 1981
Family: Girlfriend, Charlotte, and two foster sons.
Residence: 60 Thornton Ave., South Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Owner and executive producer, Hamann Media.
Past Employment: Self-employed, University of New England (Adjunct Instructor) and WCSH.
Education: Proctor Academy, Montana State University - Bozeman, University of Southern Maine - MBA (current)
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.hamannforhouse.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I'm running because I want to be sure the voices of workers, students, children, and the poor aren't drowned out by lobbyists and special interests in Augusta. Every Mainer deserves the same right to high quality education, a clean environment, access to health care, and the freedom to marry whomever they choose. I want to strengthen Maine's economy by attracting and supporting small businesses, foster opportunities for our children, and protect workers' rights while working toward a solution to close the inequality gap. A strong and robust state economy requires good job opportunities with fair wages for all workers.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The primary issue facing the state is divisiveness in the statehouse. Most problems can be solved by cooperative negotiation between stakeholders, and I look forward to working toward solutions pragmatically based on facts, data, and the practicalities involved in various challenges and opportunities.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

From talking with voters in my district, the most frequently raised concern is the unpredictable leadership and questionable priorities of our governor. Democrats tend to voice concern about the ramifications that the governor's shortsighted agenda has had on MaineCare and education, and Republicans generally tend to express concern about the effect the state's budget cuts are having on municipalities and property taxes. I believe both perspectives are valid, and this is a common ground where we can begin working together to solve the state's manufactured budget crisis.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Economic growth requires predictability. Business managers need to know that they won't be caught off guard by ideological posturing or legislative volatility so they can make responsible long term and short term decisions. Our state government can and should provide consistency to assure businesses that can feel confident about relocating to Maine, hiring new employees, or investing in the future growth of their company.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

There are many things I plan to accomplish in Augusta. I look forward to supporting education, the economy, the environment, and access to health care. By the end of my legislative term I want to accomplish very realistic, tangible goals for my district and the state to support our kids and grow the economy.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I bring a unique combination of business experience, education, and perspective. I am a small business owner, pursuing my MBA, and in terms of perspective I have a tremendous amount of life experience to draw from as a legislator. I will bring a fresh point of view to Augusta as a voice for Mainers of my generation who are perhaps sometimes underrepresented at the State House. And when it comes to policymaking, I believe in drawing on data and facts (and all available statistical tools and techniques) when making quantitative decisions.



Kenneth E Myrick (Jake)
Date of birth: August 29, 1974
Family: Fiance, Wendy Rand; children: Conrad Kruger, Mya Myrick, Blake Joseph Myrick
Residence: 10 Harbor View Ave., South Portland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Athletic Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine (Portland Clubhouse)
Past Employment: Maine Department Of Corrections, U.S. Army
Education: South Portland High; University of Phoenix
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: MyrickForHouse.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office to reintroduce a sense of trust, understanding and respect back into Maine's political system. The issues facing Maine can only be solved by dedicated legislators who understand that the needs of Maine come before party affiliation and self interests. As Mainers struggle in their daily lives our elected officials need to refocus their attention on creating compassionate yet fiscally sound legislation that will benefit Maine. We must work together and lead Maine back to prosperity.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

I believe the biggest issue facing Maine besides the unwillingness of legislators to work together, is the economy and the lack decent paying jobs. Mainers are historically known as hard workers. Now we are known for being one of the biggest welfare states in the country. We need simple legislation that will stimulate positive business growth which will create increase the number of higher paying jobs for the entire state. We must unite in our efforts to make Maine a national leader in business growth.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

People in my district are feeling the effect of a large range of issues concerning Maine but the biggest question I'm asked is not about one specific issue, the question is: "If elected, will I be willing to work with legislators from the opposite party to do what best for Maine?" The answer is yes. People in South Portland and Cape Elizabeth understand the importance of working together and that collaboration that will lead to difficult issues being successfully resolved.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

As I said in question 2: Job creation, creating an environment that will promote positive job growth will improve our economy. To do this Maine needs to provide welcoming business and energy incentives for new businesses and for those businesses wanting to relocate to Maine. We can bring and create new job opportunities for our existing businesses that will encourage them to continue to expand and grow.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

If elected I will help lead the way in bringing bipartisan legislators together to address the needs of Maine. Together we can mainstream government programs so they become much more affective while costing taxpayers less.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

All of us seeking office agree on the issues facing our state. The question that differs between us is, how do we solve them? I want to stop using issues to divide Mainers. The issues we are facing are not party issues, they affect all of us and cannot be solved using a one-party solution. I am proud to be a veteran and proud of the leadership qualities the Army provided. I am the only candidate that has some political experiences being the chairmen of the South Portland Republican committee. For years, I have closely worked with city leaders and our local non-profit organizations to effectively resolve issues concerning South Portland. I grew up in this community, I care about this community, I've served our country to protect our community and I am asking for your vote to represent our community in Augusta.
House District 124
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Kevin Battle
Date of birth: Not answered; age given as 54
Family: Wife, Kathy; two sons: Joseph, Jason
Residence: 83 Sandy Hill Rd., South Portland
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Deputy Harbor Master, Portland Maine (8 years)
Past Employment: South Portland Police Dept (27 years,) U.S. Coast Guard (Served 22 years, 5.5 Active Duty)
Education: Hanover Park High School; Keystone Jr College LaPlume Pa.; Southern Maine Community College
Political experience: None.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

I like working with people and helping people. I know a lot of people in South Portland and they know me. I have spent 27 years working in and talking to the residents of South Portland. I believe I can truly represent them well in Augusta. I think now is the time more than ever for those in Augusta to come together and work together, not for the good of their parties, but for the good of all the residents of Maine. I have a history of getting people to work together, approaching things with an open mind and a willingness to work. I want to go to Augusta to get all parts of the government to work together to benefit the citizens of South Portland as well and the citizens of Maine.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

We need tax relief for small businesses and find ways to create more good paying jobs here in Maine.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The majority of voters in my district are middle class families like mine. They work hard, pay their taxes and raise their families the best they can. We need tax relief for middle class families so their paychecks can go further and do more. They want a good quality of life for their families.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

As I said earlier I think now is the time more than ever for those in Augusta to come together and work together, not for the good of their parties, but for the good of all the residents of Maine.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Represent the citizens of South Portland in all ways possible to keep spending under control and to hold government workers accountable on spending. By controlling spending we control the misuse and waste of our money and bring taxes down. Get all aspects of the government to work together and to make things easier for small businesses to do business and prosper in Maine. Ensure that our schools are provided with the resources that will allow students to succeed and thrive in a better future!

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Is there a particular issue voters should be aware of before casting their ballots? Through my work and life experiences I have learned how to get people to cooperate for a common goal. I want to go to Augusta to get all parts of the government to work together to keep Maine moving forward. I want to work for tax relief for middle class families so they can keep more of their own money to invest in Maine's economy. I want tax relief and regulatory reform for small business so they can grow, invest, and create more jobs. I want to ensure that our schools are provided with resources that will allow students to succeed and thrive in a better future. With hard work and collaboration we will have a better future!



Bryan Kaenrath
Date of birth: May 26, 1983
Family: Single
Residence: Barberry Creek Rd., South Portland
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Legislator, grad student.
Past Employment: NorDx Labs, Portland West.
Education: West Morris Central, University of Maine,
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives, 2006-Present.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.Kaenrath.com

1. Why are you running for office?

Running for office is about service to your community and the people you represent. For the past three terms I've enjoyed representing South Portland in the legislature and all the people I've met along the way. I would like the opportunity to continue that service because I believe we have many signifigant issues facing us in the near future and I want to continue to be part of the conversation in finding solutions.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The recent budget shortfalls that have a drastic impact on vital programs and services are a major issue we face. Maine also needs to use new and innovative strategies for improving our overall economic conditions and bolstering job creation. Good paying jobs lead to higher incomes which leads to better lives for people and their families.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

A major issue is ensuring that we get our fair share of state aid to our public schools and its effect on our property taxes. I will always stand for our local public schools and their funding. We must do all that we can to limit drastic increases in our property taxes, it can make the difference for some being able to stay in their home.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

We need to do more to promote access to higher education and worker retraining to make Maine competitive in a 21st century economy. Our community colleges are vital in this effort and have already put many on the path to success. Government can also do more to be supportive of small businesses and their creation. Maine is a state where the vast majority of businesses are small. These businesses employ a great number of people across the state and lead to more vibrant communities.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I believe the tone of our politics today is far too polarized and partisan. The entire process is about finding solutions to problems and that should be our focus. I would like to be part of a group of common sense consenus builders that get results without bickering.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have a proven record and a history of working for the people of the district. I will stand up for working families, our environment, public education, women's rights and new solutions to transform Maine's economy to put people back to work.
Michael E. Lawson
Date of birth: August 17, 1959
Family: Two children
Residence: Brook St., Westbrook
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: The Home Depot
Past Employment: Maine Tool Service Corp.
Education: Portland High School; Husson
Political experience: W.E.I.C.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?
"It is time for the people who turn these positions into a life-time job to move on. Also, I do not follow political lines if I feel that what I am going to support isn't any good than I will not support it."

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Jobs. It is so sad to see people working and they are unable to make it. Companiess hire people for $7 to $9 and say they pay there people great and with the same breath say if they don't like the pay then leave, I have another application on my desk.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Taxes and schools. What can we do to bring good paying jobs in the area?

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Let small companies start to work. Use local Maine companies whenever there is a state-run job. Let the Maine companies and workers reap the rewards of hard work with good pay.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
To help the the working people be able to live and prosper.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I will not sign something just because my party brings it to me.



Ann Peoples
Date of birth: January 31, 1947
Family: Husband Patrick and children Briana, Terry, Gavin, Kevin and Kimberly.
Residence: 22 Garfield St., Westbrook
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Retired - State Legislator
Past Employment: Otelco Telecom Edward Jones Investments SD Warren
Education: Arlington Heights, IL, UC Davis, BA
Political experience: Westbrook City Council, Maine House - District 12
5. 123rd, 124th and 125th Legislatures.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

After six years of service on the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation I feel a responsibility to continue working to find a sustainable way to maintain and upgrade our transportation infrastructure. We are at a turning point when it comes to our roads, bridges, rail, transit, ferry services and airports.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Revenues

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Health Care

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Find a balanced and equitable way to provide what the citizens of Maine have expressed a need for in terms of services and support.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

A sustainable way to maintain our infrastructure.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Six years of hard won experience.
Drew Gattine
Date of birth: November 30, 1962
Family: Wife, Elizabeth; children: Sabrina and Jordan
Residence: 529 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Senior Project Manager, OptumInsight.
Past Employment: Account Manager, Molina Medicaid Solutions; Vice President, HWT, Inc.; Assistant Attorney General representing DHHS.
Education: Our Lady of Lourdes (Poughkeepsie, NY), Colgate University, Columbia University School of Law
Political experience: Westbrook City Council (2004-2009) (Chair of Finance Committee and Committee of the Whole,) Westbrook Charter Commission (Chair)
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook: Drew Gattine for State Representative - Maine District 126

1. Why are you running for office?

As a State Legislator I will maintain a laser-like focus on representing the best interests of the citizens of Westbrook. Over the past ten years I have worked hard to serve this community to the best of my ability on the City Council, as Chair of the Charter Commission and in other capacities. I believe I have a deep knowledge of the concerns and issues impacting Westbrook residents and want to be a voice for my community in Augusta.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Stagnation in our economy resulting in the loss of jobs and lack of economic security for middle and working class Mainers.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Two issues: 1. Funding for education to prepare the next generation for the challenges of the 21st Century; 2. promoting economic security and better health for all Mainers by promoting quality delivery of health care and reducing the number of uninsured.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

We need to support local school districts by reforming and rationalizing the way that education is funded. A well-educated work force is the cornerstone of future economic success and job creation. The current school funding formula is confusing and capricious and results in tremendous variations in funding on a year over year basis. As a result, local school committees and taxpayers are unable to provide consistent programming to meet the needs of Maine students and are constantly forced to "shift on the fly" to respond to these fluctuations.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I have dedicated my professional and public life to helping make government more efficient, accountable and transparent to its citizens and I will bring that experience to Augusta for the benefit of Maine citizens. State agencies need to provide more clear information to the taxpayers justifying the cost of programs and describing what their strategies are to make them more efficient. Fighting fraud, waste and abuse in high cost programs needs to be a priority. In my professional career I have worked with human services agencies across the country helping them fight inefficiency in how they provide services. I want to use that experience to benefit Maine. I have a proven track of reaching across the aisle and building consensus on these issues.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am running as a clean elections candidate because I do not want to be in the position of soliciting funds from any special interest group. For that same reason I have not sought out or accepted the endorsement of any issue-based organization, even from those groups whose mission I strongly support. The only endorsement I seek is from the citizens of Westbrook and if they grant me the honor of serving as their legislator I will go to Augusta with the sole purpose of looking out for their best interests.



Matt Maloney
Date of birth: February 5, 1976
Family: Wife, Christina, and two children.
Residence: 93 Seavey St., Westbrook
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Non-profit hunger relief organization
Past Employment: TV Programming and Promotions Coordinator, WPXT Freelance Audio Engineer.
Education: Cheverus, Fairfield University,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: MaloneyForLiberty.com

1. Why are you running for office?

There are too many elected officials that seem to want to run other people's lives with excessive legislation. I don't want to tell anyone what they can do, who they can love, or what they can consume, but rather serve as a representative to defend civil liberties.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Maine is losing its tradition as a "home rule" state. Big out-of-state interests and one size fits all central planning from Augusta have hurt community's ability to fix problems and make local decisions.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Westbrook voters are most concerned about the employment environment. Too many citizens are living paycheck to paycheck with no job security or opportunity for advancement and growth.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Government must stop trying to micro-manage every aspect of life and business, and instead offer a climate of certainty for the next few years. A period of no new regulations, taxes, or red tape will encourage investment in our state's economy.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Get a state food sovereignty bill passed to protect Mainers right to consume the local foods of their choice.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

My campaign is focused on liberty and localism. I believe as local production and consumption of goods and services increases so does liberty and happiness. Elect me and I will leave you alone.
House District 127
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Paul Aranson
Date of birth: November 18, 1950
Family: Two children, Daniel and Maxwell.
Residence: 4 Minuteman Dr., Scarborough
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Self-employed, attorney.
Past Employment: District Attorney Cumberland County 1982-1990; Tony Boffa Band 1978-1987; Cantor, Temple Beth El 1988-1999.
Education: Deering High, Brandeis University, University of Maine Law
Political experience: District Attorney, Maine District Two 1982-1990.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for the Maine House because I want to ensure that our children will be educated in a system which will train them from this century's jobs so that they can stay in Maine if they choose and be able to provide a livable wage for themselves and their families.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The biggest issue facing the state is the diminished tax base reflected by our aging population. We need to attract younger people to jobs which help support our economy in a financially sound manner.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

As I go door to door, there is a longing for all parties involved to work together to help address in an effective and efficient way our pressing needs of infrastructure and job development.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

All economics is interrelated. We need to approach raising revenue and allocating resources in a manner that does not interfere with development. That may include restructuring the way in which revenue is raised as well as reducing the impediments to development through costly and unnecessary regulation.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

A balanced approach in Augusta.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

The most troubling issue which I have with my opponent is her effort to reduce resources to our public schools and applying those resources to private religious schools. No one's tax dollars should be utilized to promote a religious agenda, regardless of whether that religious agenda is support or not by the taxpayer.



Amy Volk
Date of birth: June 2, 1969
Family: Husband Derek Volk, four children.
Residence: 4 Elbridge Oliver Way, Scarborough
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: state legislator/self-employed
Past Employment: Owner of Personally Yours, substitute teacher in Scarborough schools, mother and homemaker.
Education: Catherine McAuley, University of Maine, B.S. Human Development
Political experience: One term representing District 127 in the House
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.AmyVolkforHouse.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I am proud of the achievements of the 125th legislature and the role I played in those achievements. I truly enjoyed rolling up my sleeves and working hard to solve so many of the problems we face in Maine, such as a shrinking tax base, worker training and debt. Finding so many bipartisan solutions was extremely rewarding, but there is more work to do.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

I believe the biggest single issue facing this state is an interesting mix of a lack of high-paying jobs, while also having a shortage of skilled workers. We have a major mismatch between what current and prospective employers need and jobs that current available workers are qualified to fill. Through my work on the State Workforce Investment Board and in the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee, I hope to help rectify that situation.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The biggest concern voters in my district have is education. Scarborough is a high-performing district, but we used to do better. We were just forced to bond $40 million for a new elementary school, entirely funded by Scarborough taxpayers and causing an increase in property taxes which many citizens will struggle to pay. The investment in our kids and community is worth it, but we need to see results beyond bricks and mortar. I am pleased that the legislature passed many education-enhancing laws, including one which directs districts to develop teacher performance evaluation systems and another which implements new diploma standards.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

One of the most important bills of the 125th was LD 1, a bi-partisan effort to address burdensome regulations. It was an excellent start. We have seen departments within state government become responsive and helpful to job creators rather than putting up roadblocks, but we need stability as well. Maine earned a reputation as a tough place to do business over many years and it will take a few more for us to prove to the world that we are truly "Open for Business." Energy and health insurance costs must also be brought into line with national averages.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I had the privilege of addressing some very specific issues on behalf of several constituents in my second session. I found this work very rewarding. I have no personal agenda for the 126th, but hope to simply continue to represent the residents of coastal Scarborough as their voice in Augusta.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

An active paricipant in the legislature's moderate caucus, I have a proven track record of listening to the other side of the aisle and seeking consensus. I was influential in garnering bipartisan support for the bullyng bill. I fought to get a bipartisan Senate compromise on the worker's compensation bill passed in the House and I worked with Democrats to restore funding to some cuts made to a Fund for Healthy Maine programs. I work hard on behalf of my district, returning messages promptly and keeping people informed.
House District 128
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Jean-Marie Caterina
Date of birth: August 19, 1955
Family: Husband Geoffrey MacLean, daughter Caterina MacLean.
Residence: 311 Gorham Rd., Scarborough
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Small business owner — real estate.
Past Employment: Former teacher, social worker, job developer, and Assistant Commissioner of Labor.
Education: South Portland High School, University of Maine, Boston College, M.S.W.
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.jcat4me.com

1. Why are you running for office?

Like most voters in my district, I am seeking a government that works across the aisle to develop positive solutions to the issues facing Maine people today. I am tired of divisive, slash and burn, bullying politics. It is time to work together to forge thoughtful solutions to move us forward without rancor and blame. As a trained and skilled negotiator, I value the ability of two sides to lay out their issues and work together to craft solutions that work for as many people as possible without compromising integrity and values.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economic insecurity is our biggest issue. Economic insecurity includes not just fears about losing a job, but questions like "are my property taxes going to keep going up," is the state ever going to bring spending under control," "are our public schools going to be OK" and "why can't I afford medical care?" We need to look at why so many of our children have to leave the state to find good jobs. We need to examine why so many citizens are stuck in place in jobs with absurdly low wages and no benefits. We need to work together NOW to solve these issues.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The voters with whom I have met are most concerned about the level of "meanness" that seems to be apparent in Augusta. They are not impressed by "my way or the highway" politics. They want to see constructive ideas regarding getting the budget under control and growing the economy without blaming others.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Working across the aisle to solve issues without rancor and blame would be a good start in improving everything. Each party has good ideas for attracting great businesses, reforming overly restrictive regulations, and ensuring that all Maine workers make living wages with adequate benefits. Let's put those ideas on the table and work together to get it done.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Get Maine moving forward.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I pride myself on having an open mind to ideas that make sense for Scarborough's citizens. I am not a partisan ideologue who blindly follows party line. I do not hesitate to ask tough questions or make decisions based on what is right for my constituents. Ask anyone who knows me! I am a bit of a geek when it comes to following economics and policy. I follow the ideas not only of those who espouse my beliefs, but those whose opinions run counter to mine. I learn from both. Both are valuable.



Heather Sirocki
Date of birth: October 3, 1959
Family: Spouse, Stephen; children: Matthew, Alec and Jeff
Residence: 32 Glendale Circle, Scarborough
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Receptionist
Past Employment: RDH
Education: Massabesic High School; Westbrook College, AS in Dental Hygiene
Political experience: State Representative
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.SirockiForMaineHouse.com

1. Why are you running for office?

Recently Sen. Olympia Snowe expressed genuine pride in Maine's current legislative accomplishments. I am proud to have been part of the significant improvements made in Augusta during the last two years. I am working for a better future for our children. Our state motto is Dirigo, which means I lead. Maine is truly leading the way. These are the reasons I am seeking re-election.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

My constituents indicated job growth should be the Legislature's top priority according to my 2011 legislative survey. To that end, the Legislature worked hard and was successful with the strong bipartisan passage of LD 1- Regulatory Reform and the establishment of Maine's Small Business Advocate- to help small businesses navigate state regulations.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

According to my 2011 legislative survey, the biggest issue for voters in my district was welfare reform. By 93 percent to 7 percent, my constituents said that Maine should reform its welfare system to promote work, while also providing the necessary support and accountability for Mainers as they transition into the workforce.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Business owners often say uncertainty and overly restrictive regulations are roadblocks to growing their businesses. The most important thing government can do is strive for that balance between having enough law to keep order and safety, and as much freedom (less regulation) as possible to allow the free market the flexibility it needs to gain strength and grow.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Eliminate or significantly reduce the long wait lists for individuals who are cognitively and physically disabled, the traumatic brain injured population and those with severe and persistent mental illness.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Experience and commitment. I am a citizen legislator, not a career politician. I work in the dental field. I have experienced two years serving in the legislature and serve as a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse Services Commission. I have a 100 percent attendance and 100 percent voting record. I listen and research the issues before voting.
Jane Knapp
Date of birth: January 6, 1948
Family: 2 daughters Valley View Dr. Gorham
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Retired teacher
Past Employment: High School Biology Teacher
Education: Kents Hill School Colby College University of Maine M.Ed.
Political experience: Gorham School Committee, Gorham Town Council, House of Representatives
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: JaneSKnapp.org

1. Why are you running for office?
I want to listen to the citizens and help them. I believe that education is key to a healthy society. The Legislature needs to fund cost effective, quality education for our citizens. I believe that we need to keep the good Maine environment. There needs to be a balance between the environment and the regulations on business.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The biggest single issue facing the state of Maine is jobs. Mainers have a great work ethic which needs to be promoted. The citizens need to be trained for the present and future jobs. This will involve STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Math) The university system and community college system need to continue revising so programs match jobs. One particular area is the education of health care workers for our aging population.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
The biggest issue for voters in Gorham is economic anxiety. As I listen to citizens when I go door to door these are some of the issues. If a citizen has a job, will the company be moving to another state? Do I stay in Gorham, Maine and hope to find another job? Or do I move my family? My child is graduating from college, getting married and plans to have a family. I want my grandchildren nearby. Will my child find a job in Maine? I am a seasonal worker. I will be laid off for the winter. Where can I find a job for 6 months then go back to the job I love working outside? I am unemployed. I have signed up for re-training but feel discouraged about finding work. These are just a few examples of the economic anxiety.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
The question indicates one thing - most. I feel that it has to be multifaceted. The government needs to fund education so Mainers have the education/training for the available jobs. The cost of electricity needs to be decreased so industry that needs electricity can survive. The regulations need to be coordinated between/among departments- One Stop Shopping/Permitting. Government needs to promote wellness programs, such as continuing the changes to school lunch programs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
If re-elected I want to improve education.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
My experience differentiates me. I have lived in Gorham and my two daughters graduated from the Gorham school system. I have served the citizens and made public policy on the Gorham School Committee and the Gorham Town Council. Experience of living in the community and listening to the residents is a major difference.



Andrew McLean
Date of birth: September 28, 1985
Family: Fiance, Kyle.
Residence: 30 Ridgefield Dr., Gorham
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Student Affairs Administrator, University of Southern Maine
Past Employment: Same.
Education: St. Thomas Aquinas, Plymouth State University, University of Southern Maine, Master's in Public Policy
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: Facebook: McLeanforGorham

1. Why are you running for office?

I work with students every day at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham who struggle to make it through college and find good paying jobs to help them get ahead. I am running for State Representative to lead efforts to reinvest in vocational education, promote sustainable, local, economic development that creates jobs and preserves our quality of life.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Our state faces real challenges and opportunities, but leaders in Augusta have failed to tackle our threats and build on our strengths, especially with regards to job creation and workforce readiness. The overall lack of good paying jobs in our state, and the lack of skilled labor to fill good paying jobs that do exist demonstrate that state leaders have not worked with the private sector and educational institutions to set the right priorities for economic expansion and job creation and training. We can get Maine back on a path to prosperity and opportunity by focusing on what matters most.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Eight months ago, I started a conversation with voters in Gorham, knocking on over 4,000 doors, listening to people and discussing how we build a stronger future for Gorham and our state. Gorham residents are concerned about a number of issues. Their biggest concern is the economy, and the lack of smart and strategic investments in education, economic development and job creation in the state. Gorham residents understand that it takes a good education from kindergarten through post-secondary to create a strong economy.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Government must equip Mainers with the skills and tools they need to succeed in our economy by strengthening the public education system. Unfortunately, state government has dropped the ball, failing to fulfill its commitment to our schools — forcing local governments to increase taxes to compensate for funds promised by state government. Beyond education, we need to do more to support small businesses and entrepreneurs so they have the resources they need to expand and create jobs in Maine. This will improve the lives of Maine families and protect the quality of life that makes Maine a truly special place to live.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Reestablish the vitality of community colleges, vocational schools and access to post-secondary education. Community colleges, vocational schools and more affordable access to higher education offer us our best way to expand economic opportunity for all Maine people.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

While we both care for our community, we have different visions for how to achieve economic opportunity for Maine people. While it is important to make sure programs are sustainable and reduce inefficiencies in government, it is just as important to make critical investments in research and development that spur innovation, job creation, and help small businesses, while making strategic investments in education — issues for which my opponent has voted against and cut funding for, respectively. It's most important that we have leaders who are willing to listen and responsive to constituents. I commit to being that leader for Gorham.
House District 130
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Matt Mattingly



Linda Sanborn
Date of birth: December 30, 1951
Family: Husband, Jeffrey, and sons Casey, Blake and Peter.
Residence: 170 Spiller Rd., Gorham
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: State Representative
Past Employment: Family Physician, Gorham, for 25 years.
Education: East Aurora High School, IL, Michigan State University, University of Illinois Colleg of Medicine - Chicago
Political experience: State Representative, 124th and 125th Maine State Legislature
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

I bring a needed perspective to the legislature. These past four years have given me the opportunity to sudy and learn about the issues important to my constituents and the people of Maine. Health care is second only to economic security and growth as areas of concern. I believe that my education and experience in medicine is crucial to health care discussions and decisions. I strive to work cooperatively with all my colleagues as we struggle with tough issues. I am committed to working for the overall prosperity of my community, for a sustainable environment and for our children.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said that Maine was the only state in New England whose economy shrank in 2011. Nearly everyone is feeling the pain from our poor economy. Many have lost their jobs, their homes in foreclosure, or their security in retirement. The lack of jobs that pay a living wage and offer benefits including adequate health insurance is the biggest issue facing the state.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Like the state as a whole, the lack of living wage jobs and the cost of essential items such as food and gasoline are the greatest concern for the people of House District 130. This issue must be taken seriously and our focus must be to do our best to turn the economy around. We must work to create an economic climate that allows for job growth. It is vital to the future of our state that we have jobs for our children so they will be able to stay in Maine and achieve the quality of life we desire for them.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan recently and correctly wrote that Maine has all the critical components to become a research, education and technology center for our nation. We need public-private partnerships that would spark innovation and entrepreneurship, creating much needed jobs in the fields of biotechnology, health care, information technology and renewable energy, among others. Government can develop legislation that encourages such development and can take a leadership role in bringing key players together. Government also provides the infrastucture to educate the skilled workforce needed for these high tech jobs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

My focus will be to continue to implement health care reform. Providing quality and accessible health care for all Maine's citizens benefits everyone and, ultimately, lowers health care costs. Health care costs are a financial burden for many small businesses and families, limiting their expendable income. Implementing a cost-effective health care system will help families financially, result in a healthier workforce and will help move our economy forward.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

There is a clear contrast between my opponent and I. I have a greater vision for our state and a deeper understanding of what the job entails. I know that it will take more than cutting taxes and services to our children, seniors and the disabled, to stimulate our economy. We must not cost shift to the middle-class families who are already struggling to make ends meet. Common sense investments and colloaborations that help small businesses, job training and public education, and control of health care costs are critical to our economy and to stabilizing/growing the middle class.
House District 131
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Donald Marean
Date of birth: June 11, 1941
Family: Spouse Linda and children Shirley, Dawn and Christine.
Residence: 233 Bonny Eagle Rd., Hollis
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Retired
Past Employment: Owner small businesses 40 years
Education: Standish High School, none, none
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives two terms 05/06 and 07/08. Town of Hollis Selectman.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

Jobs - Health Care - Energy Costs - Agriculture Awareness

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs and health care costs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs and Health Care.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Improve Maine's business climate. Higher education in specialized fields in areas that will bring new business and help existing buninesses.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Jobs

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

No comment.



Ronald Usher
Date of birth: September 28, 1938
Family: Wife, Bonita, and three children.
Residence: 4 Whispering Pines Dr., Buxton
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Retired
Past Employment: S D Warren
Education: Westbrook High, Courses at USM,
Political experience: 1970 Westbrook City Council, 1974 House of Representatives, 1976 Maine Senate"
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

Enjoy working for people in state of Maine.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economy

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Economy

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Be business friendly and train our workforce.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Completely review state government to become more efficient.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have more experience and know how to work across aisles.
House District 132
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Roxanne Frenette
Date of birth: April 18, 1961
Family: Husband, Michael, and children John and Annabelle.
Residence: 102 Ross Rd., Old Orchard Beach
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Maine Turnpike Authority, 31 years
Past Employment: Macys part-time sales associate, 2002 to 2012.
Education: Old Orchard Beach HS and Biddeford Vocational, Casco Bay College,
Political experience: Old Orchard Beach Town Council, 2002 to 2008; Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach Transit Committee, 2002 to present.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

I am in a very fortunate position where I can pursue my dream of representing all the citizens of Old Orchard Beach. A dream I have had for some time. The timing is right for me . I am retiring after 31 years of employment with the Maine Turnpike Authority as an executive assistant. I would like to give back to my community and devote my time to bring our fair share of resources to Old Orchard Beach and Ocean Park.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Health care is one of the biggest issues facing state. Maine is number two in how much it spends per person on health care. This has an enormous impact on employers, on economic developmnent and on the Medicaid account which is the second largest and least predictable componement of the budget at 2
1.11 percent.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The issue that effects OOB the worst is education funding which in part comes from the state. EPS (essential programs and services) for schools were supposed to be funded at 55 percent by the state. This year, RSU 23 which OOB is part of only received 43 percent. The majority of OOB school funding comes from the tax payers and is over 45 percent of the municipality's budget. Also revenue sharing from the state for sales taxes collected in OOB is for the most part 7 percent, which the town received less than 1 percent back this year.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Get a handle on lowering health care costs, both in Medicaid and in the private health market. The key to success is better management of health risks through accountable care orgainizations. In the current fee-for-service system, we pay for quantity not necessarily quaility. We must develop systems in which providers (and their patients) share responsiblity for outcomes and improved performance.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Less partisan politics. There is only one Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I would like to say she's a terrible person but she is not. We have a lot in common. The differences are I have already done what she is doing plus raised two kids. I have the ability to devote myself full time to representing our community, she does not. I have the maturity and personal charater traits that will serve our community well.



Cris Johnson
Date of birth: March 1, 1948
Family: Wife, Sasha; daughters Eisele and Genevieve
Residence: 8 Walden Ave. Old Orchard Beach
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Self employed
Past Employment: Attorney (financial services, small business development, legislative analysis;) Teacher (Literature and Humanities; Writer (The Viking Press.)
Education: Carmel H.S., Carmel, NY Colgate University Pace University School of Law, J.D.
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.CrisEdwardJohnson.com

1. Why are you running for office?
I am the first and only certified write-in candidate in Old Orchard Beach. I made the decision to run because I believe that the citizens of my District deserve another choice for their representative in the Maine House. One who is highly qualified to craft meaningful laws and can speak powerfully for them without regard to party politics.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Maintaining strong state programs that sustain quality education, healthcare and infrastructure rebuilding while maximizing the use of public tax dollars.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Maintaining and improving public services.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Our Governor and legislators need to stop bickering about slashing budgets and services and discover new ways to increase state revenues and strengthen public services without further burdening taxpayers.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Enact legislation that improves the quality of life in Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I am the only candidate with the training and ability to do what a legislator is elected to do: create, review, understand and advocate for laws that improve the lives of people.



Sharri MacDonald
Date of birth: February 1, 1972
Family: Fiance, Tom Jones
Residence: 171 Portland Ave. Old Orchard Beach
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: MacDonald's Garage & Beach Convenience
Past Employment: Distron Corporation - Newton Massachusetts, Watson Technologies - Portland Maine, Saunders Electronics - Saco Maine.
Education: Old Orchard Beach High School USM Studied Electrical Engineering
Political experience: Old Orchard Beach Town Council - 3 Terms, Old Orchard Beach School Board - 1 Term
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?
Simply put, I am running to help give a voice for my community in Augusta. Old Orchard Beach needs representation that will bring the voices of our community to the State House, and I know I am the right person to do that job.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The easy answer is jobs and our tax burden. Solutions to the tax burden on our neighbors' homes has plagued me for many years. The solution is not easy to remedy either as the demand for municipal services keeps increasing. The fact is Maine is "Vacationland." Our number one industry is tourism. This would lend us to think about a local option sales tax that could levy tourist dollars locally. What I recommend is that each municipality of their own volition have the right to implement a local option sales tax which would offset the property tax burden. This would allow us to lower each and every household and businesses property tax. The local option sales tax, if implemented, could potentially free up revenue for established businesses to create jobs, the effect could be immediate. Long term, when I talk to folks, the general feel is that job growth is bound to education. I believe our state should encourage our colleges to work with public schools to show why Maine is a great place to live, work, and play. Furthermore, we need to initiate a task force to attact year-round businesses to our state thus creating job opportunities for our citizens. Maine people have a work ethic that is second to none, let our state show that off.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Revenue sharing is a huge issue in Old Orchard Beach. Each year our community sends a bucket of money and each year we get a thimble full back in revenue sharing for our schools and our community. Our revenue sharing is based on our valuations and yes we have a great deal of waterfront property worth a great deal of money. But according to the 2010 census, the median income for our households is $36,500 so "joe citizen" in Old Orchard Beach is not super wealthy. Most of the homes at the beach have been in families for years and now people are being forced to move or get foreclosed on because they cannot pay their taxes, mortgages or even heat their homes. We need to get back to reality in Maine and reset government to a more sustainable level. I would like to work to get more revenue back from the state so that the money Old Orchard Beach earns is used for Old Orchard Beach.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
It is interesting to see the politicians talk about the economy. The solution has been to bail out the companies and now it seems the government owns those companies. Imagine if government would stop taking so much out of the pockets of each and every citizen. If people had a little more money to spend or utilize to run their households and families. Businesses would have a little more to spend if they did not have to send their hard earned dollars to support government. We have lost what our country was founded on, we tax everything. Government taxes marriage, taxes your dog, taxes your food, taxes your death, taxes your inheritance - the list goes on and on. If govermnent really wants to boost the economy - let's let the people decide where they want to spend their tax dollars. Instant economic improvement.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Tax Relief

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
My town knows that I will stand beside each and every person as their equal. Old Orchard Beach knows me, my work ethic and just how far I will go to show off why it is a great place to live, work and play. I am different because I am truly accessible as I am in Old Orchard Beach every day 359 days a year (except during my 6-day traditional family vacation labor day week). I believe in Old Orchard Beach and will always put the wishes of my community first. Also, I will not speak ill of my opponent as I was not brought up that way. My hope is to be a spark of real change in Augusta and will need my town to help me lead the way.

Barry Hobbins
Date of birth: May 17, 1951
Family: Spouse, Donna Monson Hobbins, and children Jonathan, Delia and Liam.
Residence: 22 Glenhaven Circle, Saco
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Attorney, private practice
Past Employment: Hobbins Gardner Gardner & Murphy - Hobbins & Gardner, LLC. Hobbins and Martin.
Education: Thornton Academy , St. Michael's College (1969-71), University of Maine, Orono (1973) B.A. Political Science, Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire School of Law) JD
Political experience: House of Representatives, (1972-1984,) State Senate (1988-1990) (2004-present.)
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

It has been an honor and privilege to have served in elective office throughout different stages of my life beginning at 21 years of age as a State Representative representing Saco. Public service means a great deal to me and has played a major role in my life. I want to continue to utilize my life experiences to improve the quality of life for my constituents and for the State of Maine as a whole. I believe that I possess a unique blend of business, legislative, public policy, community service and legal experience that is needed to tackle the difficult challenges that face our state. As the Senate Minority Leader I know that now more than ever Maine needs leaders who are not afraid to take on the politics at the statehouse. The stakes are high and the challenges are real and I have the proven experience to get the results in these difficult times. As a life-long resident of Saco who comes from modest means, I understand the importance of hard work, a good education and instilled family values that taught me of the importance of giving back to our community.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The biggest single issue facing the state is simply jobs. We need to aggressively take immediate steps to improve the economic environment of our state in order to foster and create jobs. It will take a creative public/private partnership to develop an educated workforce that will perform meaningful tasks to improve the quality of life in our State. I worked to pass the Jobs Bond to fund highway, road and bridge construction that help helped create 3,000 jobs and supported the Pine Tree Zones to create manufacturing jobs. The State needs to continue to aggressively develop a business friendly environment to attract companies to locate in our state. I support investing wisely in alternative energy to help create jobs. The state needs to continue to develop a new green economy based "blueprint that will enhance our natural resources and include a public/private partnership that educates and trains/retrains our dedicated workforce in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The State should take a leading role in promoting such projects as the engineered wood composite research program at the University of Maine. The State should continue to bring broadband and related telecommunications projects to the rural parts of our State. There also needs to be expanded loan and grant programs to assist small businesses and "Main Street" redevelopment projects.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The biggest issue for voters in District 133 is the same issue facing the State - jobs. In addition to the response I have already provided immediate aggressive steps are required to improve the economic environment of our State. I believe it is imperative for the Administration and the next legislature to re-examine the effectiveness and appropriateness of cutting funds directed to essential services in local communities. In the haste to balance the State Budget, the administration and majority party initiated reductions in the school funding formula to local school districts such as Saco. In addition revenue sharing funding to local communities and general assistance funding were also reduced. As the result of these State Funding cuts, local communities such as Saco witnessed a significant tax shift to our local property tax bills because of State funding re-direction of these services. It is imperative that the legislature re-examine this policy change as well as consider an expansion of the Circuit Breaker and Homestead Property Tax Relief Plan. Property tax is a regressive form of taxation, meaning that it hits particularly hard those who can least afford it, the elderly and those on fixed incomes.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

The most important thing the Government can do to improve the economy is for the two branches of government, the Executive and Legislative branches to work together in formulating with the private business sector to map out a comprehensive plan for the 126th Legislature. During the last session there were positive steps to make Maine business friendly such as LD 1 that streamlined the Business Regulatory Process. This bill is a good example of what bi-partisan efforts and cooperation can accomplish. Common ground must be found to enact a Research and Development Bond that would promote innovation and new technology for the Maine economy and adopt and provide a property tax relief program to businesses which the Tax Foundation insists is essential to business growth and attraction. We need to restore $3 million dollars in funding to the Finance Authority of Maine which provides guaranteed loans to Maine businesses and startups. We need to convince the Governor to release General Obligation bonds to investors that would improve deteriorating infrastructure and at the same time provide work for business and create and/or support over 2,000 jobs. We need to restore funding for Maine's higher educational institutions which has adversely impacted the economy. We need to restore funding for Public Education which will halt the shift back to the local property tax payer. These are just a few examples of what the Legislature and Administration can do to jump-start the economy.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to continue my efforts to lay the ground work for developing a new economic model that interfaces a better educated workforce with a business base that will develop renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and encourage small business development. In short, creating a well trained work force that both utilizes and protects our natural resources.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

My opponent and I share many qualities. We both grew up in Saco. We both come from modest means and have instilled family values. We both understand the importance of hard work and a good education and have both become competent professionals. Where we differ is that I have devoted a great deal of my adult life to public service. Becoming an effective legislator and lawmaker is a tedious process of learning the complex workings of State Government. I have worked hard at becoming a respected and effective legislator. I was chosen by my caucus to become the Minority Leader of the Maine Senate which position is the highest ranking elected Democratic official in the State. In that position I deal directly with the Governor, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House and majority leadership on a daily basis during the session. I believe I was chosen to be the leader because I possess a unique blend of business, legislative, public policy, community service and legal experience which is needed to put Maine back on the right track. Experience does matter in my opponentǃÙs profession as a dentist and my profession as an attorney. Experience and proven leadership does matter as a legislator in helping Maine weather the tough economic times facing our State.



Demitroula Kouzounas
Date of birth: January 17, 1956
Family: Husband, Joseph; children: Nichol, Joseph 361 Seaside Ave. Saco
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Dunstan Dental Center
Past Employment: Venetia's Restaurant in Old Orchard Beach from the age of 14, Stewart Commons at the University of Maine, as a student New England Medical Center in Boston, as a dental student U S Army, 86th Medical Detachment; Giessen, W. Germany for 1981-1984, Mall Dental Center at the Maine Mall, from 1984-1986
Education: Thornton Academy University of Maine, Orono Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook

1. Why are you running for office?
Through volunteerism and philanthropy, I have come to realize the needs and issues that are important in this great State of Maine. Seven years ago, I helped start a free children's dental clinic for our needy children and learned that people need good jobs and better insurance. I've also learned a lot about the growing epidemic of drug abuse in Maine which is consuming our young adults. We need to look into this insidious problem and pass legislation to limit the amount of narcotic drugs that find their way to our street.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The biggest single issue facing the State of Maine is our inability to attract large and small business to the state due to taxation and regulation. This is strangling our economy and making life more difficult; many who can't find good paying jobs, jobs with benefits. Our politicians talk about technology, green energy, and bonds but I feel at this point with increased tax burdens and financial stagnation due to lack of wage increase and loss of benefits, the state needs to slow spending and balance its own budget as many of us do each day.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
In July, most property tax payers in Saco were hit with an 18.5% property tax increase due to RSU 23 and City of Saco. This was extremely difficult for all, especially the fixed income homeowners such as our retirees. Many are trying to stretch their dollars and cut personal expenditures. I feel strongly that our town needs to do likewise. In addition, with federal stimulus money drying up as well as state funding to school districts, I think we need to look at the state unfunded mandates. These mandates make it difficult for the school systems to cut and balance their budgets.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
This state needs more and better paying jobs; jobs that will provide good insurance. The state has to continue to reform its regulations, cut taxes and help business owners to grow and hire. We needs to attract both small and large business and by doing so it will increase state revenue. As a military veteran and then a small business owner, I've learned that government is terribly inefficient and can be wasteful. So let's facilitate investment and growth of business in this state so that our children can stay in Maine and find good jobs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Cut the size and cost of government and improve its efficiency which will ultimately help the taxpayer.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
As a health care provider, business owner, and military veteran, I plan to bring change to Maine politics and real world experience. I am not a career politician! I am publicly financed but I do not have a PAC so that I can truly be impartial to special interest. Also, I WILL NOT be accepting Medical and Dental Insurance from the State if elected, so I may reimburse the state for the publicly financed campaign. Lastly, I plan to take some of the wage paid as a Representative and develop Public Service Announcements for better Oral Health. I feel the position of State Representative is a Community Service position, not a just a Job. Thank You!

Justin Chenette
Date of birth: April 23, 1991
Family:
Residence: 19 Buckthorn Circle, Saco
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Rocky Coast Marketing, vice president of social media
Past Employment: Good Day Maine, Assistant Morning Producer; WPFO-Fox 23, Weekend Web Producer; Maine State Board of Education Member (Per Diem;) Journal Tribune/Portland Daily Sun Political Columnist (Unpaid;) Maine Medical Center's P.H.O Video Production Contractor; Caledonian-Record New Media Assistant; uwire.com Multimedia Web Reporter; and Biddeford Public Access Media Trainer.
Education: Thornton Academy, Lyndon State College, Lyndon State College, A.S. TV News, Minor Political Science (B.S. in Dec. 2012)
Political experience: N/A
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: http://www.justinforsaco.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office to secure the American Dream not only for myself, but for my fellow peers that I graduated Thornton Academy with, for the seniors my grandmother plays bingo with at the community center, for my neighbor struggling to make ends meet, and for my friends at small businesses across Saco. I don't want to be part of the first generation that is worse off than its parents generation. No one should have to make the difficult choice of heating their homes, putting food on the table, and buying the high cost of prescription drugs, a choice that many of our senior members of our community and working families have to make today.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Small Business: We need to develop a long-term vision for where to take this state's economic engine. Since many of the mill towns have been void of new and upcoming industries, we need to promote the Maine brand to attract new growth. There is a reason businesses have Maine on the list of potential places to re-locate to, but once they discover our lack of economic incentives, we continue to lose these thriving businesses to other states that are more favorable to new opportunity. We must end our "take it or leave it" attitude towards new business. In addition, we need to fully support the small business community that is already here. This involves actually listening to their needs and what they need to succeed.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Education: As a former member of the State Board of Education, this is the area I have the most experience in. I feel blessed to have gone through Saco schools including my alma mater Thornton Academy, but there are a number of problems in our education system as a whole that need addressing. The state has failed to fund public education to the 55 percent rate that Maine people decided at the polls. This has overburdened local communities like ours in having to find ways of making up for that shortfall including raising taxes significantly. Meanwhile, the RSU has failed to regionalize our local school system to save money and increase educational opportunity like it was intended. I will push for legislation mandating that the legislature listen to Maine people in funding education to the 55 percent level. This will help reduce the need for local communities to resort to damaging budget reductions and higher taxes. We can't have ballooning taxes, but we must also ensure a high quality education for each generation after us.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Our government needs to be leaner and our wallets thicker. Instead of taxing residents and businesses to death, let's provide tax incentives to help stimulate spending and new growth opportunities at the local level. For every job that is created, each small business should get an economic incentive. This system should replace the current one of continuing to hand out taxpayer dollars to wealthy individuals. The state should also stop shifting the cost and tax burden to our local communities in order to do what is politically safe for their re-election campaigns.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

A fairer tax system, so middle class families and small businesses aren't overly taxed.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Experience separates myself from my opponent. While my opponent touts being employed longer, my background spans both the private and public sectors. I'm the only one in the race with both local and state government experience based on my work on the State Board of Education and City of Saco Communications Committee. Currently, I'm also the only candidate civically involved through the Saco Spirit Board of Directors, Saco Bikes for Kids, Saco 250th Anniversary Committee, Maine Successful Thinkers, and the Saco-Biddeford Re-Branding group.



Roland Wyman
Date of birth: December 29, 1952
Family: Wife: Deborah L. Wyman; children: Jessica Janson, Jon Janson, and Jake Wyman 8 Ashwood Dr. Saco
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Self employed
Past Employment: EAM Inc Tape Automation Ltd (UK) Shape Inc
Education: Sanford Denver Community BS EE
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.rolandwyman.com

1. Why are you running for office?
I believe that my experience in business will benefit our state's efforts to improve the economy.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The economy, which includes the weak job market.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Poor job market due to the economy of our local area and our state.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Continue its work on modifying our tax code, reduce needless regulation and red tape in order to allow business to improve.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Contribute to an improved economy.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
Experience - Common Sense - Reason. These attributes are required for best representation of our residents.

Perry V. Aberle







Paulette G. Beaudoin:
Date of birth: July 25, 1933
Family: Husband, Roger; two daughters
Residence: 32 Herring Ave. Ext., Biddeford
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: State Legislator
Past Employment:
Education: St. Joseph's High Schoool, Biddeford, some college
Political experience: House Representative, 6 years
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?
To better the citizens of the State of Maine. Help then whichever way I can, especially the elderly.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Jobs needed.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Jobs and insurance and prescription drugs. The elderly need help.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Get more jobs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Pass my "single health payor" bill. I've tried for 6 years.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
How hard I have been working for the people in Biddeford and the state. I've been fighting for years for prescription drugs and the elderly.

Megan Rochelo
Date of birth: December 14, 1976
Family: Widow
Residence: 2 Main St., Biddeford
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: University of New England, Director of Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition.
Past Employment: University of Florida - Center for Clinical Trials Research United States; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Global AIDS Program.
Education: Washburn High School, College of St. Benedict, Boston University, Master of Public Health
Political experience: State Representative House District 136 - 125th Legislature
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook: RocheloforHD136

1. Why are you running for office?

I look forward to continuing the work I've been doing in Augusta, moving our community forward in a positive direction through economic development, supporting small businesses and ensuring our communities and environments are healthy and prosperous.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The biggest issue we are facing is finding a way to balance the state budget in a slow economy and still provide support through programs and services that continue to move Maine and the people living here forward.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Biddeford is poised to be an economic driver for Southern Maine. We have the right combination of infrastructure, natural resources and hard working people that make our city a perfect location for new business. I will work to advocate and promote Biddeford and its resources to drive economic development and community prosperity.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

There are many things that happened during the past legislative session that are moving our economy in the right direction. However, I believe more can be done with bipartisan legislation that focuses on what makes Maine unique and appealing to new business.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

If elected I want to continue to develop relationships throughout the legislature that allow me to work with the rest of the members of the Biddeford delegation to advocate with a strong and unified voice on all issues that impact our community.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have experience and have developed relationships in Augusta that put me in a position to continue to advocate for the people of Biddeford from day one of the 126th Legislature. This is a critical time for our community and we need representation that can get right to work.



Lucille Rowe
House District 137
Kennebunkport, and Biddeford - Map
Alan Casavant
Date of birth: July 26, 1952
Family: Fiancee, Patti Jalbert.
Residence: 22 Meetinghouse Rd., Biddeford
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Mayor of Biddeford
Past Employment: I taught 35 years at Biddeford High School, retiring because of a disablity. I taught Psychology, American Studies, and 20th Century World History.
Education: Biddeford High School, UMO, USM, Masters in American and New England Studies
Political experience: I have served 18 years on the Biddeford Council; 8 months as mayor of Biddeford, and 6 years as the incumbent legislator from District 137.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

There are a number of issues on which I want to continue to work. 1) Domestic Violence. My bill requiring the notification of victims when their abuser is released has become law, but there are other issues within the context that need to be addressed 2) Cost shifts from the state to the municipalities. As mayor of Biddeford, I am acutely aware, and oftentimes instantaneously aware, of the impact on property taxes, whether that impact is felt in education budgets, General Assistance budgets, or road budgets. The "passing of the buck" is unacceptable and is a growing problem. 3) The economy: Maine needs to attract private investment, and it needs to invest heavily in its infrastructure. We are placing Band-Aids on problems that are going to cost far more, when we finally have the will to deal with them.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy and job creation looms as the biggest obstacle to Maine moving forward in the 21st Century. Most data suggests that Maine continues to lag behind in many economic categories, and, in some cases, has fallen behind other states. Economic policy, and especially a modern tax code, need to be advanced to benefit modern Maine. For example, the current tax code is modeled on an industrial 20th Century model. Maine is no longer an industrial state, hence the tax system fails, not only in revenue for the state, but in terms of fairness to our taxpayers.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Rising taxes and the lack of good paying jobs. People on fixed incomes and those in the middle class cannot afford rising taxes, when coupled with rising prices in all basic sectors of needs. With gas prices rising, food prices rising, the cost of heating rising, and medical care still in the stratosphere, more and more people are falling through the cracks. I have been stunned by the number of people that I see who are trapped in food insecurity issues. Washington may say the economy is improving, but for many in our district, they are not being allowed into the game, as only certain segments of the economy seem to be improving, while so many in the district and in southern Maine are not improving at all.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Maine has to give local communities the tools to stimulate the economy. Kennebunkport and Biddeford are desirable in so many ways. They are unique in terms of architecture, culture, and the historical work ethic of the people. While Biddeford has pristine mills, parks, oceans, an airport, a university, and great schools, Kennebunkport has a beautiful coastal landscape, an abundance of preserved land, a quaint, small-town architecture, a solid school system, and an active number of volunteers. The two municipalities are quality places in which to work and live. The state needs to allow the flexibility and cash infusion to give the two towns the capabilities to improve infrastructure and reduce the complexity and bureaucracy for job creation. Private capital is needed with a partnership of public sector policy. Importantly, all must be done totally cognizant of environmental impact, as we need to protect the precious natural beauty that we have, or it is gone forever.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Maintain my excellent system of constituent service, as I believe that the core of my job is to help individuals navigate through the web of government policy.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

My experience is a huge advantage. Being directly involved in local and state government allows me to better sense and react to the impact of state policies on municipalities. Ironically, my mayoral status has allowed greater access to leaders in both parties, as well as investors and developers. Entering my fourth term as a legislator, I know the system. I know the people. I know the contacts. As an example of how the two jobs work together, in this budget cycle, I have heard from many elderly individuals on fixed incomes who could not afford tax increases. I had recognized that reality, and in the last session introduced a bill that would dramatically decrease the tax obligations of those who were 70 years old and had lived in their primary home for 20 years. I had crafted it in such a way that municipalities would not lose that revenue, as they would be reimbursed through an enhanced circuit breaker. It was defeated along party lines. So instead of addressing the issue, it was routinely dismissed because of partisan politics, which is wrong. The situation still exists, and, I would argue, far worse. I work hard for those who live in the District and have done so for 6 years.



William (Bill) Guay
Date of birth: February 23, 1959
Family: Wife: Kathryn Children: Ken, Kaylie, Lauren
Residence: 33 Wildes District Rd. Kennebunkport
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Small Business Owner
Past Employment: Small Business Owner
Education: Thornton Academy Southern Maine Technical College
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: billforstaterep@gmail.com

1. Why are you running for office?
I am a husband, father, and small business owner who loves this great state of ours. But unfortunately, policies of the past have left us with high taxes, and even higher medical costs that are crippling small businesses and individuals alike. Maine is 30th in the nation in median income while our neighbors to the west in New Hampshire are 1st. It's time to move Maine forward. It's time for serious hard work to replace political bickering, and create an economic environment where our children can work, live, and prosper here at home in Maine.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Maine needs jobs. A healthy sustainable economy is built on a foundation of high paying and rewarding jobs. Jobs offer families the ability to be self-supporting. Jobs provide revenues to fund our state. Jobs mean an improving local economy that supports and fosters small business growth. Jobs mean a reduced crime rate, and lead to healthier, happier, more prosperous communities. I will work hard for jobs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
When my campaign began I set a goal to visit every home in the district and speak with as many residents as possible. I have recently completed the Biddeford section and the most glaring concern was high property taxes. We all strive to live within our means and our government should be held to that standard as well. In order fund our our cities and state taxes need to be collected. However, I believe we need to keep our government as small as necessary to pay for services. Smaller government means less tax burden for everyone. I will advocate for a leaner more efficient government.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Government can assist with job creation. When companies want to locate in Maine, or current businesses seek to expand, Maine needs to be ready. I envision an approach where there is cooperation between state agencies. Economic Development, Taxation, DEP, Education and others can grant permits to expedite facility construction with as little red tape as possible, arrange for tax incentives when appropriate, and through our colleges and universities, provide a trained workforce to be available when those facility doors open. We need to be able to show that Maine is ready and open for business.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
To remove the bonds of excessive restrictions to allow small businesses to once again thrive.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
My competitor recently opined about me, declaring, "he just does not have the experience. Well, I guess he's right there, I'm not a professional politician. What I am is a seasoned business owner. Secondly, he claims that I lack "the correct political philosophy for this district's needs." He apparently hasn't visited many homes to speak with his neighbors - I have. High taxes are forcing some residents to sell their homes. Democrats and Republicans alike feel that we need to curb abuses to the welfare system. Health care costs are skyrocketing. I have exactly the correct political philosophy for this district's needs.

House District 138
Alfred, Limerick, Newfield and Shapleigh - Map
James J. Campbell Sr.



Judee Meyer
Date of birth: Age 50
Family: Husband, Richard Meyer.
Residence: 1386 Gore Rd., Alfred
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Candidate for State Representative
Past Employment: Owned an event photography business.
Education: Graduate, Johnson & Wales,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.judeemeyer@gmail.com

1. Why are you running for office?

To protect and to preserve our constitutional rights.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

There are two equally big issues facing the state of Maine: The need for good quality paying jobs and to stop wasteful spending

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The three most equally important issues I hear about as I go door to door are the need for good quality paying jobs in this area, to protect our private property rights and to provide quality education.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

To create business friendly environments. By reducing burdensome regulations on businesses and to not impose additional taxes and fees onto businesses, this will create quality jobs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

To create laws that will protect the rights of Maine citizens that will also stop and prevent wasteful spending.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have a proven record of not wavering. I have a lot of energy and passion to work — for the causes and concerns in my district. I have integrity and will do the right thing even if it is the most difficult path to take. I have a proven track record that shows that I have the tenacity to follow the rules which in turn makes positive changes for our community.
House District 139
Waterboro and Lyman - Map
Aaron Libby
Date of birth: April 4, 1983
Family: Wife, Allison. 50 Logan Circle Waterboro
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Libby & Son U-Picks (family farm)
Past Employment: Audio/video specialist, loss prevention, construction and food preparation for Maine and national companies.
Education: Massabesic High School
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives, 125th Legislature
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.libbyforliberty.com

1. Why are you running for office?
I believe our government has become too large and grown out of control. This is not the America our founding fathers fought to provide for us. This is not the American economy that made this great country the wealthiest in the world.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Our job climate - young Mainers should not have to move out of state in order to find gainful employment. Too often regulations are created that drown our small local businesses in red tape and clear the way for big corporate entities to take over. This is crony capitalism and it is not healthy for our Maine economy.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Finding local jobs - many Waterboro and Lyman residents drive many miles daily just to get to work. How much time and gas money is spent each week just commuting to work every week?

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
All levels of government need to realize that they do not have the power or the ability to create jobs. Only the people and business in a free market can create a prosperous economy. Maine has a great opportunity to produce new jobs if we let people live their lives as they see fit. We need to reduce government red tape and allow small business owners do what they do best: create jobs and grow our Maine economy. If we continue to improve our business climate here in Maine we will open the door for business to create new opportunities.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
To lessen the burden of government on the people and to give Mainers the ability to live their lives as they see fit. I believe in the free market, I believe in small business and I believe in the people of the great state of Maine.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
My opponent and I differ in our belief on what the role of government ought to be. On the economy, I believe people create jobs, not the government. On personal liberty, I believe people should choose how to live their life, not the government. On taxes, I believe the people should choose how to use the fruits of their labor, not the government. In short, I believe in the people of Maine, not the government bureaucrats of Maine.



Joe Wagner
Date of birth: April 27, 1956
Family: Wife, Mary Jane Wagner, and children Sarah, Rebecca and Catherine.
Residence: 26 Day Rd., Lyman
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Teacher, Catherine McAuley High School.
Past Employment: Teacher at Massabesic High School, Cony High School and Elizabeth Seton High School, Bladensburg, Maryland.
Education: St. Joseph Regional High School, N.J., Catholic University, University of Southern California
Political experience: Representative to the Maine House, District 139 (2008-2010,) Lyman Charter Commission.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: wagner4rep.org

1. Why are you running for office?

I believe I can once again serve the people of District 139 in a responsive and responsible manner. Effective constituent service and advocacy for the towns of Waterboro and Lyman would continue to be my highest priorities.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economic growth. Entrepreneurship must be encouraged. Expansion of non-fossil fuel projects such as deep water wind turbines and tidal energy must be pursued.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Property tax burdens can be alleviated by targeting specific issues. States should pressure the federal government into meeting its obligations to fund special education. Actions taken at the state level should avoid the mere shifting of the tax burden on municipalities. The formula used by the state to calculate school funding must be simplified and must use the most current data available. The bulk of the title transfer tax should not be sent to the state but should stay with the county where real estate documentation is maintained. This reform, alone, can relieve some of the pressure on property tax rates.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Through education, provide a labor force with critical thinking and technological skills. Government can foster linkages that can spur economic development. Infrastructure investments such as road maintenance are critical to commerce. Regulatory procedures can be consolidated and streamlined without compromising public health and consumer protection.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

To better connect citizens with all levels of government.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am moderate and pragmatic. My thinking and judgment are not restricted and limited by a rigid, extremist ideology.
House District 140
Arundel, Dayton, Kennebunk and Lyman - Map
Wayne Parry
Date of birth: May 15, 2012
Family: Wife, Nancy.
Residence: 851 Alfred Rd., Arundel
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Lobsterman
Past Employment: Coca Cola
Education: Windham High School, None,
Political experience: State Representative HD#140
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.wayneparry.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I believe that there have been too many career politicians in government at all levels. As a lobsterman I bring a workers perspective to government. As someone one that has lived in Maine my whole life, I have seen what one party rule, for the better part of four decades, has done.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs. For decades we have put up roadblocks to business. People talk about jobs but vote for regulations that make job growth impossible. With high taxes, high electric cost, burdensome regulations, just to name a few. Changes were made in the 125th legislature but more needs to be done.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs, which is the biggest issue everywhere.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Most of the time, stay out of the way. Have a set of rules and don't make them more burdensome every years by adding new regulations.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

To make the State of Maine competitive, so new businesses will come here and create jobs.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I don't know my opponent. So I'm not going to take cheap political shots. All I know is I have lived here my whole life and it bothers me when people move here and want to change Maine.



Adam H. Spey
Date of birth: August 11, 1971
Family: Wife, Meredith Gilfeather
Residence: 39 Middle Rd., Kennebunk
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Passenger Service Agent, Air Wisonsin Airlines Corp. d.b.a. United Express
Past Employment:
Education: The Hotchkiss School Bates College M.B.A. American University. 'A' levels, The Rugby School, Rugby, England.
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: Adam@SpeyForMaine.com

1. Why are you running for office?
On 2008, I lost my job, income and health insurance. My wife and I were one illness or injury away from losing our home. While we're back on our feet, we need new legislators that will listen to the concerns of their constituents and work hard for real solutions to bring jobs back into Maine.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Jobs and the economy.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Jobs and the economy.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
We must listen to the small business owners and employees and then work hard to address their real concerns.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Restart the Maine economy.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I will listen to the real concerns of the citizens and fight hard for their interests rather than caving into partisan political interests.

Paul E. Bennett



Edward (Ed) Legg
Date of birth: September 21, 1942
Family: Wife, Ann Legg, and four grown children: Shannon, Brian, Molly and Casey.
Residence: 28 River's Edge Drive, Kennebunk
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Retired
Past Employment: Vice President, University of New England (UNE;) National Administrator, The Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited; CEO and litigation manager, RPC Investments (Austin, TX;) Owner/CEO of a consultant company - Edward Legg, Inc.; Private school Headmaster/teacher, coach, Athletic Director.
Education: McCallum High School, Austin, TX, Harvard, A.B. Cum Laude , University of Texas Law School, J.D.
Political experience: Maine House of Representatives, 124th Legislature (2008-2010)
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.EdLegg.com

1. Why are you running for office?

When I was vice president at UNE, I led the fundraising and lobbying efforts, which produced over a decade of remarkable growth and hundreds of steady jobs in Southern Maine. As a first-term legislator, I was the lead sponsor of six bills, which are now laws in Maine, including important steps forward in fighting Lyme disease and in creating a funding structure for the FEMA-mandated flood plain maps. I was actively engaged in serveral local efforts which directly effect businesses and residents in both our downtown and Lower Village areas. On all of these issues, my opponent offered little input, knowledge or participation. I have a reputation of achieving legislative results by adopting a bipartisan approach to leadership. It is time to bring positive, bipartisan action back to Augusta.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The biggest single challenge is job growth. We should build a better environment and transportation infrastructure, which will enhance our largest and still growing industry, tourism. Support through bonds will stimulate new industries and entrepreneurial enterprises. We should also concentrate on expanding opportunities for small businesses and successful traditional trades and industries.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Access to health care by reducing the out of control costs of health insurance.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Stimulate our economy by approving bonds to fix our decaying transportation structures. Additional bonds should provide funding for research and development and Land for Maine's Future. These initiatives will grow jobs, create new industries and support our expanding tourism industry.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I want to lead in advancing the above goals to improve the economy.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

In the 124th Maine Legislature (2008-2010) I was an active co-sponsor of the bond which established northern New England's first dental school. My opponent, Paul Bennett, opposes all bonds. He spent two years in the legislature sitting passively on the sidelines in full support of Governor Paul LePage's controversial persona; and political agenda. I support a healthy environment through programs such as Land for Maine's Future. My opponent does not. I have and will vote for marriage equality. I support the proposed marriage equality law on November's ballot which leaves the decision to each church as to whether they will or will not perform same sex marriages. At UNE I led the fundraising efforts which produced extensive economic and educational benefits and hundreds of jobs. My opponent employs several students during the summer season at his sandwich shop. I am an active leader for R & D bonds. My opponent voted against the latest R & D bond which Gov. LePage vetoed.
Andrea M. Boland



Adam J. Courtney



Anne-Marie Mastraccio
Date of birth: January 18, 1951
Family: Husband, Albert J Mastraccio, Jr., 2 grown children, Carla and Joseph.
Residence: 23 Lebanon St., Sanford
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: semi-retired
Past Employment: Office manager in spouse's Optometric practice from 1989 until his retirement in 2011. Previously employed as a dental hygienist for the City of Boston and other entities in the Boston area.
Education: Springfield H.S., Springfield, Vermont, Northeastern University and Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, Associate in Science and Dental Hygiene Degree
Political experience: Sanford School Committee (12 Years) Sanford Town Council (Currently serving 9th year as a Councilor)
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

Having lived and worked in Sanford for 30 years, I believe I understand our community's hopes and concerns for the future. During my 12 years on the School Committee and 9 years on the Town Council, I have become particularly sensitive to the connection between economic growth and access to education. As we begin the process of building a new high school and technical center in Sanford, I welcome the opportunity to advocate for our interests at the state level, especially in these two areas.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

I think the most immediate issue facing the next legislature, is the development of a budget that identifies and differentiates between essential services and quality of life issues and how we are able to support and pay for those services. The legislature needs to be committed to prioritizing these needs and work together for the good of the people of Maine.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

One issue that stands out in my mind as a municipal official is the dwindling of revenue sharing returned to Sanford. When the legislature robs revenue sharing to balance the budget, local needs do not disappear. Less money in revenue sharing translates directly to either an increase in the local property tax assessment or cuts in services. When the state decides not to reimburse the total Homestead Exemption, guess where that comes from-local property tax payers! I call that passing the buck!

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

There are two things I think we can do to improve the economy over the long term. First, expanding access to education and skills training, in the areas that businesses have already identified as needs. It needs to be locally available and inexpensive. Our high schools and technical centers need to work together with the Community College system, developing programs that produce individuals ready for work. Second, we need to empower the Department of Economic Development to act quickly to attract businesses and give them whatever tools are necessary to do this. Look at what works in those states that have been successful and duplicate it.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Would love to be able to successfully reform the tax code!

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Over the last 21 years, I have been an elected school and municipal official, working to reach consensus on issues that are important to the Sanford/Springvale community. The skills I have developed over the years are assets that will enable me to be as successful at the state level as I believe I have been locally. I always try to do what is in the best interests of my community, regardless of the politics.
House District 144
Sanford and Lebanon - Map
Dan Archambault
Date of birth: May 13, 1966
Family: Spouse, Jane Archambault, daughters Jacquelyn and Emily.
Residence: 84 H Rd., Acton
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Self employed.
Past Employment: U.S. Coast Guard, retired.
Education: Moore High School, Kentucky, none,
Political experience: none
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: Facebook: Archforstatehouse

1. Why are you running for office?

Being involved in my community has allowed me to know and understand the hardships people face on a daily basis. I feel I can honestly represent the common goals and needs of our communities and make sure that their concerns remain the top priority in Augusta.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Lack of economic growth and development.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The unstable economy we face in this area is the major reason we have the highest number of foreclosed homes in the state. Managing the family budget, hoping to keep our jobs and heating our homes while trying to pay for health care is a tremendous strain on families.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Small businesses are the key to economic growth. The state should support start up companies by providing more assistance, education and financial incentives.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

See our communities posper.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I have a proven track record of dedication, devotion and loyalty while serving for over 20 years in the Coast Guard.



William Noon
Date of birth: July 8, 1949
Family: Wife, Jean M. Moon.
Residence: 78 Sunset Rd., Springvale
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Self employed, remodeling contractor.
Past Employment: Self employed for 39 years.
Education: St John's Prep, Danvers, MA, Goddard College,
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: NoonforMaine@gmail.com

1. Why are you running for office?

To bring reason and compromise to Augusta.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Lack of jobs, particularly for young people.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs and healthcare

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Promote tourism and the arts. Work on all forms of transportation. Encourage alternative energy — solar, tidal and wind.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Bring a level head to all issues.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Experience. Worked on the Sanford Planning Board for over 20 years.
House District 145
Berwick and part of Lebanon - Map
Beth A. O'Connor
Date of birth: July 6, 1958
Family: Spouse, Edward O'Connor; Children: Noel, Johanna, George and James
Residence: 92 Sullivan St., Berwick
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Fogarty's Restaurant
Past Employment: Bank of Boston, Boston Yacht Club
Education: Marblehead High School
Political experience: SAD 60 School Board Director 3 terms, State Representative 125th Legislature
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.bethoconnor4me.com

1. Why are you running for office?
I am concerned for the future of my children. I want them to have more opportunities to be prosperous in Maine and be able to raise their children here. The economic picture here, excessive taxation and regulations have stifled revenue and job growth and drives many of our children away. I want to be a part of positive change that serves the best interest of the hard-working citizens of my district so that they and their families can prosper.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
We have a high number of individuals that are dependent on government. We also have an aging populace without a large enough number of youth to offset those numbers which leads to a declining workforce. Those two issues coupled together are a recipe for economic disaster. Without a vibrant workforce increased revenues needed for mandatory programs and services will be jeopardized. Our most vulnerable will suffer.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
In two surveys that I mailed out, my constituents expressed the most significant issue was welfare reform, closely followed by tax reform.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Government can not create jobs. It can only create an environment that will foster job growth. The best thing government can do is get out of the way.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
There are many things I want to accomplish. Lower the tax burden further, bring our welfare rolls in line with the national average and abolish ethanol in our fuel.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I am free thinker and a champion for liberty and smaller government. I do not believe that government can be all things to all people. I believe the affordable care act is an assault on our individual liberty and I believe that the income tax is a direct assault on a man's means to provide for his family. I am a fiscal conservative.



Joshua Plante
Date of birth: January 20, 1988
Family: Parents, Tracy and Juliana, and brother Jared.
Residence: 34 Goodwin St., Berwick
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Manager at Shaw's Supermarkets
Past Employment: Fogarty's Restaurant (Bus Boy and Server;) Oaks Hideout Grill (Server and Bartender;) Moe's Subshop (Prep Work;) WTSN (Sports and News Reporter.)
Education: Noble High School, University of New Hampshire,
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: joshplante.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I want to work towards making my district and the state a place where families look to build their lives. Bringing good paying jobs is the start to making this happen.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Bringing good paying jobs back to the state is vital. Without these types of jobs, we are unable to be competitive with our neighbors and do not make Maine an attractive state to live in.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Honesty. The people want honest representation, at all levels of government. I will work to make this a focal point as a representative.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Establish a working relationship with business. As long as business and government choose to work against one another, the state will fail to do what is best for its citizens.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Make Maine the state to come to and live in.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I do not simply choose to let my ideology dictate every decision I make. Indeed I have my political opinions, however they will not trump a good decision that may run counter. Politics should never be used to overwhelm doing the right thing.
House District 146
North Berwick and part of South Berwick - Map
Burnell W. Bailey



David Burke
Date of birth: January 30, 1961
Family: Single, two children.
Residence: 128 Knight's Pond Rd., South Berwick
Political party: Unenrolled
Current Employment: Self-Employed
Past Employment: Financial Planning/ Account Executive
Education: Pentucket Regional High School, College of Wooster,
Political experience: Town Council
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

Alternative candidate to party

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Financial stability and sustainability.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Fair share of county and state shared revenues.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Get out of the way.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Financial accountability.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

No party obligations.



Mark Eves
Date of birth: March 16, 1977
Family: Wife, Laura, and three children.
Residence: 29 Acorn Lane, North Berwick
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Sweetser
Past Employment: Private therapy practice.
Education: Waggener High School, University of Lousiville, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Political experience: I have served two consectutive terms in the House of Representatives- 124th and 125th legislatures. I currently serve as the lead Democrat on the Health and Human Services Committee.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?

I've been motivated to seek a third term because of my concern that the state of Maine is headed in the wrong direction. Health care costs and energy costs are restricting business start ups and growth. Our investments in early childhood education, environmental protections, health coverage, and prevention are being erroded. This has a serious and long lasting effect on our state. We must committ ourselves to doing better.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs. Our unemployment rate remains high and we lag the country in job growth. The jobs problem in the state is more than just a lack of jobs, there is currently a mismatch between the skills of current employees and those skills that are needed for the jobs that exist today. We can do more to help workers upgrade their skills for today's labor market and prepare our current students for the jobs of the future.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Aside from jobs and the economy, the biggest issue for my constituents is access to affordable health care. We are headed in the wrong direction and falling behind in efforts to address the rising health care costs as a state. We are at an important time in history and must not pass up the opportunity to transform our health care system. We must find ways to improve our health care delivery system in order to bring down costs and take advantage of opportunities to help more people access affordable coverage in this state.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Government can play an important role in strengthening our economy. We must maintain important investments in our infrastructure, education and health care. Businesses do better when we have an educated and healthy workforce and a strong infrastructure, such as safe roads and bridges.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Lower the two primary cost drivers for businesses — health care and energy costs.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I've been proud to represent House District 146 for the past four years. I have learned how the legislature works and how to be an effective legislator. I have gained a reputation as a responsible legislator who is interested in working with others to find and implement common sense solutions to the challenges faced by Maine's working families and small businesses. Our states challenges are too big for one policical party to solve. Together we can find what works and move Maine's economy forward.
House District 147
Part of Wells - Map
Kathleen D. Chase
Date of birth: November 21, 1950
Family: Spouse, Wayne (Butch) Chase; children: Wayne Chase, Jr, Melissa (Chase) Marquis
Residence: 142 Branch Rd. Wells
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: State Legislator, Business Owner
Past Employment: Tax Assessor, Town of Wells
Education: Wells High School University of Southern Maine Assoc. Degree
Political experience: Board of Assessors, Maine State House of Representatives
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: none

1. Why are you running for office?
"I have proudly represented my hometown of Wells for the past 6 years in the State Legislature. Our grandchildren are our family's 4th generation to attend the Wells schools, and we have run successful businesses here. Giving back to my community is important to me and running for office is a way to do that. I want to continue the 125th Legislature's accomplishments over the last two years - 150 million in tax cuts, pension reform, welfare cost and fraud reform, regulatory reform and a broader access to health insurance - and that's why I am running for my fourth term. "

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The need to create more jobs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
The need to improve the economy.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Reduce the tax burden, remove the unnecessary and restrictive bureaucratic regulatory rules and laws to improve our business climate encourage new entrepreneurial investments in our state and to provide skilled labor for jobs now available in Maine.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
I want to improve Maine's economy.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I have not seen any statements from my opponent.



Caitlin MacIver
Date of birth: May 2, 1944
Family:
Residence: 256 Bears Den Rd., Wells
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Retired
Past Employment: Counseling Services, Inc.
Education: Newmarket, NH, UNH, UNH, BS - General Studies; Maine MHRT1, CRMA; Texas Certified EMT
Political experience: None.
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: None

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I'm sick of the powers that be across this country. State legislators need to bring citizen power to bear. Ordinary citizens, like me, need to step up to the plate at every level of government — local, state, and federal.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Out of many issues that are important, I will choose health care as an issue that must be addressed, including MaineCare and its relationship to the ACA. In these economic times, with people out of work and hurting, health care costs can easily bankrupt a family. The richest country in the world cannot let any of its citizens suffer so egregiously. Maine needs to do its part is protecting Mainers from "death by lack of health care."

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

In my opinion, the biggest issue for voters in my district, and in every district, is whether voters' interests are being represented in the state legislature. If citizens do not see legislation being enacted that represents their own wishes, they must contact their representative and make their wishes known. State representatives are supposed to represent the people of their community. If they do not, it may be because they haven't heard from YOU.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Invest in infrastructure and other job-creating programs; increase taxes on those whose income is over $250,000; provide support for those who cannot find work.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Represent the people of my district.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I'm a proud liberal; my opponent is not.
House District 148
Eliot and part of South Berwick - Map
Roberta (Bobbi) Beavers
Date of birth: May 6, 1942
Family: Spouse, Floyd, and three children.
Residence: 72 Woodland Hills, South Berwick
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: State Representative
Past Employment: Chemist, business consultant, small business owner, career counselor, gallery manager.
Education: Morristown High School, NJ, Lehigh U, Montclair State U, Rutgers U., Lehigh University - MBA; Montclair State University - MA Counseling; Rutgers University (Douglass College) BA Chemistry.
Political experience: State Representative, Maine 125th Legislature
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: RobertaBeavers.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for a second term because I have made a positive difference for my district's citizens. Examples of policy work are establishment of the Interstate Bridge Authority, a criminal justice bill for one of my local police chiefs, bipartisan House and Senate support of my homeowner protection/foreclosure fraud prevention bill, and support of children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and working families. I responded to hundreds of constituents requests in my first term and am excited to continue doing so.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The highest priority is for the state to define and transform, fully, more of our local, county and state assets into a truly sustainable economy and environment.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The shifting of state taxes to local property taxes, which has the greatest negative impact on our older and most vulnerable citizens, is mentioned most often. Not far behind are energy and health care costs plus the inequity in education funding.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

First: Create good paying jobs by supporting small businesses, maintaining or replacing our roads and bridges, and investing in research and innovation. Second: Expand access to affordable higher education and job training, improve the efficiency, transparency and accountability of government, improve the access to quality affordable health care and develop a tax fairness policy.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Convince the legislature and the administration of the need to market our state positively so our best qualities will keep our young and older citizens in Maine, attract new people and inspire entrepreneurial business start-ups based on our natural resources, sustainable energy, conservation and preservation characteristics.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

As a good listener of both sides of all issues before make a decision, I truly represent and work for all of my constituents, regardless of party affiliation. I do not seek special interest endorsements and do not respond to the hundreds of questionnaires to candidates, so that I can continue to return to Augusta unencumbered.



Sarah O. Lewin
House District 149
Ogunquit, and parts of Kittery, Wells and York - Map
Paul McGowan
Date of birth: April 8, 1947
Family: Married; two adult children. 41 River Rd. Cape Neddick
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Self employed
Past Employment: Education Associates Digital Equipment Corporation, North Middlesex Regional School District - Program Director, USAF
Education: Bishop Feehan High School Providence College Masters Degree
Political experience: School Committee member and chairperson
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: McGowanforMaineHouse facebook

1. Why are you running for office?
I believe that I can contribute to improving the effectiveness of our state government by drawing upon my broad professional and personal life experience. I intend to use my skills, dedication and knowledge to ensure that our district is well represented in the House of Representatives. I am particularly interested in the key issues of health care, energy independence and the sustainability of our natural resources. I believe we must do better in order to provide a viable future for the next generation of our children and grandchildren.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
The dramatic rise in financial inequality is one of the biggest threats to our way of life and the health of our communities. It is undermining health care, our economy, government, jobs and housing.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Republicans, Democrats and Independents in our state government working together to solve existing problems and to pursue opportunities on the horizon. Many people in our district are disturbed by the frequent disrespectful communication from Governor Lepage.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Provide leadership for the development and pursuit of an exciting, dynamic and sustanable vision for the state of Maine that will attract investment, talent and creative entrepreneurs.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Ensure that all Maine resident have access to affordable health care.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
My opponent has consistently voted for legislation that has undermined the working people of Maine. He voted against raising the minimum wage, to reduce workman's compensation benefits (in a state where fishing and logging are two of the most dangerous professions), and against collective bargaining rights. I believe there must be fairness, trust and respect between Maine employers and employees in order for our economy to be healthy. I am proud of my endorsements by the Maine Education Association, the Service Employees Internatinal Union, the Maine State Employees Association and the AFLCIO. I have a strong commitment to pursuing energy indenpendence for the state of Maine in order to stop sending hundreds of millions of dollars out of the state to buy fossil fuels which are damaging our health and our environment. This money could be used to further develop renewable energy and thousands of jobs in Maine. My opponent was the prime sponsor of proposed legislation to to do away with the Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security.



Bradley S. Moulton
House District 150
Part of York - Map
Ronald McAllister
Date of birth: April 18, 1944
Family: Wife Judith Delaney McAllister, six sons: Patrick, Benedict, Nathaniel, Michael, Joseph and Nicholas.
Residence: 188 Woodbridge Rd., York
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Retired since 2006
Past Employment: Provost and Dean of Faculty: Elizabethtown College (1997-2004;) President: BCA Study Abroad (2004-2006;) Professor: Northeastern University (1977-1997;) Professor: University of California at Riverside (1971-1977.)
Education: Central Catholic High School (Lawrence, MA), Merrimack College, Duke University (M.A. and Ph.D.)
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.ronmcallister.org

1. Why are you running for office?

Because, as Lee Iacocca once said: "You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action."

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Economic development. We need to find ways to stimulate job growth and to educate an appropriate workforce.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Health care: the cost of it as well as the provision of MaineCare to those in need of it and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Maine.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Invest in infrastructure, clean energy, and in research and development even if it we have to issue bonds to do these things.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

A more open and constructive dialogue between branches of state government.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I am a progressive. I believe in the continuing advancement of basic human rights: voting rights, civil rights, women's rights, the right to universal health care and the right to a living wage for all workers.



Windol Weaver
Date of birth: December 16, 1941
Family: Wife Sondra and sons Kevin and Kyle.
Residence: 4 Weavers Way, York
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: USAF Ret
Past Employment: 23 years USAF, 4 years stock broker, 3 terms legislature.
Education: Waco Tx, Texas A&M, Texas A&M, BA (accounting)
Political experience: 3 terms town budget committee (2 terms chair); 2 terms county budget committee; 3 terms Maine State House of Representatives.
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: windolweaver.org

1. Why are you running for office?

After two terms in the minority and one in the majority, I want to keep the majority so we can continue changing the way we do business in Augusta. Also, I want to continue helping my constituents get answers, in a timely manner, to solve problems they have.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

Jobs.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

Jobs, with more than 1000 people unemployed in York.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?

Create an opportunity for businesses to come to Maine with a friendly business climate, lower energy costs and a trained workforce.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

I would love to see the unfunded liability eliminated.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

Legislative experience. Ability to make the toughest decisions, with three tours in Vietnam, I have made tough decisions.
House District 151
Part of Kittery - Map
Gail Lemont
Date of birth: October 8, 1953
Family: Husband, Kenneth F. Lemont; sons: Keith and Eric 154 Whipple Rd. Kittery
Political party: Republican
Current Employment: Kennebunk Savings
Past Employment: Teacher, R. W. Traip Academy, Kittery; Teacher at Telstar Regional High School, Bethel
Education: Robert W. Traip Academy, Kittery University of Maine at Machias BS - Business Education with a major in Accounting
Political experience: None
Publicly financed candidate? No
Campaign website: www.GailLemont.com

1. Why are you running for office?
I believe there is nothing more gratifying than the opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to me.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?
Jobs - Maine has one of the highest corporate tax rates with numerous tax credits, loop holes, and corporate welfare which needs to be addressed.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?
Jobs - As a state we need to work toward job growth and job creation. This can be done through the enhancement of our University of Maine system, ie; facilities, technology, curriculum, continued support of our community college system, support of local school districts and our teachers so they have the tools necessary to make sure our students suceed.

4. What is the most important thing government can do to improve the economy?
Create a business friendly environment.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?
Upon completion of my first term, I would like to be able to reflect that I was part of the legislature that moved education in a positive direction.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?
I'm a lifelong resident of Kittery that has a strong sense of this community. I have no political agenda my only agenda is what is good for Kittery. Being a woman going through some health issues I am keenly aware what is important to women. Lemont



Deane Rykerson
Date of birth: December 18, 1950
Family: Wife Wendy Pomeroy, daughter Olivia Pomeroy and sons Dylan and Jesse.
Residence: 1 Salt Marsh Ln., Kittery Point
Political party: Democrat
Current Employment: Rykerson Architecture
Past Employment: Classic Restorations, Boston University, Ann Beha Associates, Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, Quality Woodworking, Mystic Seaport, Penn Central Railroad, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Education: Croton-Harmon, NY, State U. NY Stony Brook, Boston Architectural College, Harvard University MDes
Political experience:
Publicly financed candidate? Yes
Campaign website: www.rykersonforkittery.org

1. Why are you running for office?

I believe an individual can make a positive difference and that government is shared by our citizens for the benefit of us all.

2. What's the biggest single issue facing the state?

The economy. More than four years into the Great Recession and we have more and more people hungry, sick, and homeless with no hope for the future.

3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?

The economy. Although we live in the more affluent part of the state, we are still cutting education and essential goods and services.



3. What is the biggest issue for voters in your district?


Invest in a clean energy future, through infrastructure, research, and education. Unemployment is highest for those without a college degree and Maine has the potential to become an energy exporter with all of our renewable resources.

5. What is one thing you want to accomplish if elected?

Erase the two sides of the aisle in the statehouse. Have Republicans and Democrats sit side by side.

6. What differentiates you from your opponent(s) in this race?

I don't believe the middle class and small business should bear the brunt of this recession. Big business and the wealthy have a responsibility to pay their share. Tax cuts for the wealthy have been in place for twelve years and have not created jobs.