August 24, 2013

Senate District 19 decision before voters Tuesday

The election will fill the seat last held by Seth Goodall of Richmond, who resigned in June.

By MICHAEL SHEPHERD Kennebec Journal

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Benoit said she's in line with LePage's fiscal conservatism and his ideas for educational reform. On his provocative speaking style, she is less enthusiastic. She said he and the media are at fault for the focus on his off-color comments, but his style wouldn't match hers.

"I don't get ruffled. I'm just not a fighter," she said. "That's been very helpful to me over the years because I can bring people together."


Stromgren is running an unusual campaign for a Green, saying he's somewhat conservative for those in his party, which typically runs to the left of Democrats.

"It seems like, frankly, Republicans want to run against President Obama and Democrats want to run against Gov. LePage," he said. "What I saw was an opportunity to really not run against anybody, but run for District 19's citizenry."

He's running on policy-oriented platforms.

For example, he would like to redesign Maine's energy grid using incentives to convert to renewable sources of energy, like solar, wind and tidal power, selling unused power to a new state energy bank that could compete with bigger utilities on cost.

Stromgren said he opposes the potential shipping of tar sands oil because Maine would mostly be a pass-through state, not gaining the reward of cheaper fossil fuel.

He also shares many priorities of Democrats, saying Medicaid expansion could help to control health care costs instead of having the state or hospitals provide care when people without health insurance go to the hospital.


Michael Shepherd can be contacted at 621-5632 or at:



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