Maine House candidates

Who wants to go to Augusta?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Joan Cohen
House District 113
WWW.JOANCOHEN.ORG| A Democrat who has never before held public office, Cohen is a former attorney who has worked with the Maine Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Medical Association. She has been involved in Portland schools, serving as president of the Lyseth Elementary School PTA and with the Portland Educational Partnership.
TOP PRIORITY “Growing Maine’s economy, including facilitating the development of alternative energy sources. To succeed in the 21st century, Maine must develop and invest in a comprehensive plan to achieve sustainable prosperity, including business innovation, job creation, and environmental stewardship. Maine must become a leader in creating innovative strategies to reducing oil consumption and fostering ‘green industries’ that not only reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, but also stimulate economic growth, new jobs, and a cleaner, healthier environment. ... I support the Brookings Institution's study Charting Maine’s Future that lays out a plan to fund and invest in these goals.”
WWW.JEFFMARTIN2008.COM| A Republican who owns a property-management company, Martin has pledged not to raise taxes on Mainers and Maine businesses; he also wants to improve the school-funding formula to get more money for Portland.
TOP PRIORITY “We are facing a $500 million structural deficit. The best way to create jobs and position our economy to take advantage of the recovery is to reduce spending and not raise taxes. Our government has increased [spending] 43 percent over a time when our incomes have increased 18 percent. ... It’s time to take a hard look at the programs we have and prioritize what we spend on, and fund it well. For programs that don’t work, we need to cut them.”

House District 114
FERNALD4PORTLAND.COM | Fernald, a Bowdoin graduate and former high-tech businessman, is a Republican who advocates for tax incentives to lure companies (and jobs) to Maine. He supports offshore drilling for oil, and reforming Maine’s health-insurance regulations to bring down costs and encourage more insurers to do business here.
TOP PRIORITY Job creation.
Stuckey, a Democrat, is a longtime community organizer and service-provider who worked at the East End Children’s Center and then at the People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) for a combined 36 years. He places progressive social-service issues at the center of his campaign.
TOP PRIORITY “Make sure our safety net is in place and sufficient to make sure all Maine citizens can stay warm, fed, and healthy this winter. We must make sure that federal, state, and local efforts are accessible and well-coordinated to ensure we make the best use of all available resources and that no one falls through a crack.”

House District 115
Bendicksen, a former healthcare worker, cites the erosion of personal liberties as one of her primary concerns. She’s a political activist who organized for independent presidential candidate Ron Paul; she believes there is a lack of transparency and long-term planning in Augusta.
TOP PRIORITY “A law requiring all future bills submitted to the Legislature to show where in the Constitution the authority is found to create the new law being proposed, along with a clear long-term forecast of the economic outcome such a law would create.”

Steve Lovejoy
HILTZ2008.ORG | Hiltz is a Green Independent, a former Marine, and a registered nurse. He supports universal single-payer healthcare, wants to turn Maine into the “Silicon Valley” of green technology, and has collected endorsements from several big-left organizations such as the Maine AFL-CIO and the League of Young Voters.
TOP PRIORITY “A universal single-payer healthcare plan so that we can phase out Dirigo.”

STEVELOVEJOY.COM | Democrat Lovejoy is a business professor at the University of Maine in Augusta with a background in finance and economic development. The Portland native stresses the connection between education and job creation.
TOP PRIORITY “Try and improve the school funding formula to account for Portland’s status as a service center.”

House District 116
Capron, a/k/a the “contrarian” who runs the WatchDog Maine Web site, is a Republican who wants to minimize government spending, lower taxes, and put more research dollars into hovercraft as green transportation.
TOP PRIORITY “I would propose to work on and enact an energy plan for Maine that would accomplish more than just energy savings. [Its] goal should not leave us in the same state of economic dependency on big oil, big gas, or even big wood. Thus we would be forced to focus on free energy sources such as wind and solar. And since we are short on jobs and businesses, we should bring into Maine some companies which build wind and solar solutions and thus create more jobs and improve the economy.”

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