Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 18, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, October 18, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, October 18, 2018
Election 2018: Candidates name their top three issues
Penobscot Bay Press emailed national and state candidates with whom we did not conduct interviews, asking what top three issues they would address if elected or re-elected to office. Answers were limited to 50 words. Not all replied, but below are the answers from those who did.
Alan Caron, Independent candidate for Governor: 1. A new economy, driven by the state’s innovators, entrepreneurs, exporters and small to medium manufacturers. 2. An efficient and modern government that uses our limited resources as wisely as possible. 3. Energy independence that allows us to stop sending five billion dollars a year to oil and gas companies by using more solar and offshore wind.
Teresea “Terry” Hayes, Independent candidate for Governor: Grow Maine’s economy. Develop a long-term, non-partisan, comprehensive economic development plan to attract and retain skilled workers. Lower health care costs and expand MaineCare. Unite Republicans and Democrats around common sense solutions to address wellness and prevention. Fix Maine’s infrastructure. Expand reliable broadband access and improve Maine’s transportation and telecommunications infrastructure.
Janet Mills, Democratic candidate for Governor: I will fight to see that every Maine person has affordable, high-quality healthcare, that Maine has a strong economy with good-paying jobs, that every child can get a world-class education, and that our state is a place of opportunity where families can put down roots and raise their kids.
Shawn Moody, Republican candidate for Governor: As Governor I will work to grow Maine’s economy, lower healthcare costs, and help end the opioid epidemic. As the only candidate in the race with over 40 years of executive experience as a job creator working to grow Maine’s economy, I know how to tackle the challenges facing Maine.
Eric Brakey, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate: 1. Reduce our national debt and establish economic freedom zones to slash federal taxes and encourage investment in depressed areas. 2. Fix our healthcare system with market-driven solutions. 3.Defend our freedoms and liberties as Maine people.
Angus King, Independent incumbent for U.S. Senate: 1. Increasing prevention and treatment for Maine people struggling with opioid use. 2. Protecting and expanding access to affordable and quality health insurance. 3. Working on rebuilding the rural Maine economy through support for expanded broadband, workforce development, research and development, and avoiding the impacts of climate change.
Zak Ringelstein, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate: When I’m elected to the United States Senate, I’ll focus on ending the corrupting influence of big money in politics, passing Medicare for all, and fighting to protect our planet from climate change.
Chellie Pingree, Democratic incumbent for Representative to Congress, District 1: 1. Fighting for our seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare from cuts and lowering the out of control costs of healthcare and prescription drugs. 2. Ensuring our veterans are receiving the care and benefits they’ve earned. 3. Tackling the opioid crisis that’s crippling our state.
Martin Grohman, Independent candidate for Representative to Congress, District 1: I’m running for Congress because partisan gridlock in Washington D.C. has stopped solutions to our most important problems, like growing Maine’s economy, combating the opioid crisis, and lowering health care costs. But regardless of the problem, we can’t fix it in the current political climate and it’s time to change that.
Mark Holbrook, Independent candidate for Representative to Congress, District 1: Mark’s first priority will be the economy given the current Rep. has done nothing in 10 years to help the people of Maine. Mark will fund new research efforts focused on behavioral treatment for the opioid crisis. Mark will help Portland stop polluting Portland Harbor with funding for repairs.
Tiffany Bond, Independent candidate for Representative to Congress, District 2: Focus on quality and effectiveness of federal law, making sure every bill voted for is thoroughly vetted and understood for how it impacts us; communicate that to you. Expand rural broadband access. Incremental progress on healthcare legislation.
Jared Golden, Democratic candidate for Representative to Congress, District 2: Jobs and the economy are always a major concern. Ensuring Maine’s fisheries economy is protected from burdensome regulations putting our fishing traditions and way of life in jeopardy will always be a top priority. Tied to the economy is the ever-increasing cost of healthcare…We must look to avenues of greater access, lower costs, and better outcomes in our healthcare system.
Bruce Poliquin, Republican incumbent for Representative to Congress, District 2: I will continue (1) working in a bipartisan approach to fight for Maine jobs and keep our economy growing, (2) lowering healthcare costs, protecting and fully funding Medicare and Social Security, and covering pre-existing conditions, and (3) combating the opioid crisis and serving our Veterans and their families.
David Miramant, incumbent, Maine Senate District 12: Fair taxation that meets the obligations of revenue sharing to the towns and fully funds the state aid to education. Making health insurance and healthcare affordable and accessible to all by expanding Medicaid. Reducing the pollution to our land, air and water by investing in clean, renewable affordable energy.