David F. Emery

banner-personalOffice Sought: Senator – District 12
Age: 68
Occupation: Consultant
Education: BS Electrical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA), 1970
Family: Wife Carol (an attorney); son Albert (a physician)
Hometown: Saint George

Political experience

I served in the 105th and 106th Legislatures as State Representative from Rockland, serving on the Committee on Legal Affairs, and as House Chair during the 106th. I also served on the Committee on Human Resources.
I was elected to the US Congress in 1974 representing the First District, serving for 4 terms. I was appointed to the Committees on Armed Services, Science and Technology, and Merchant Marine, Fisheries, Conservation and the Environment. I was chosen as Chief Deputy Republican Whip for the 97th Congress.
President Reagan appointed me as Deputy Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in 1983. This agency was the ‘think tank’ that supported the negotiations to reduce nuclear and chemical weapons. I served as Acting Ambassador to the UN Committee on Disarmament during the fall of 1984.
I was Deputy Commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services during 2011 and 2012.

Why are you running for office?

I have always had a deep affection for my state, and I hope to use my experience in government to address several problems we face. These problems include the opiate crisis, economic development and job creation, maintaining our infrastructure, supporting revenue sharing to help municipalities avoid property tax increases, and relieving the property tax burden by establishing a strategy to achieve and maintain the goal of 55% state funding of education as established by the 120th Legislature.
Any successful economic growth strategy must be built around several factors: building and maintaining a modern transportation system to promote convenient access and passage of tourists, products, goods and services and raw materials through our state; creating a first-class education system that prepares our youth for the modern economy, that recognizes that different career paths and expectations require different skills, and that inspires our youth to grow intellectually and to develop their natural skills to complement their interests; expanding Maine’s current efforts to extend fast Internet access to more communities as a major catalyst for business growth and for personal connectivity; encouraging greater use of renewable energy and clean fossil fuels to reduce our dependency on oil; expanding upon the Administration’s zero-based budget initiative to control spending and promote program efficiency; and finally, to create a review process for business and environmental regulations patterned on zero-based budget analysis procedures that will give state government a measure of their effectiveness, efficiency, cost, impact on business and compatibility with state and community policy goals.