Race for Maine House District 1

in the 2014 General Election

Jeffrey W. Pelletier

Jeffrey W. Pelletier

1,411 (39.99%)

Republican - Kittery

Candidate profile


Total raised: $2,050
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $1,825
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $225
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Pelletier raised 35.9% of the amount Rykerson raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $700
Donations from outside Maine: $1,125
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $225
Pelletier raised 35.9% of the amount Rykerson raised.
Deane Rykerson

Deane Rykerson

2,117 (60.01%)

Democratic - Kittery

Candidate profile


Total raised: $5,710
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $500
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,210
Candidate self-financing: $0
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $500
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,210
Candidate self-financing: $0
Correction: An earlier version of this graph incorrectly noted Maine Clean Elections money as from out-of-state.

Is Maine too generous in providing social services to its residents? Which government benefits should be increased or decreased?

Pelletier
No Maine spends plenty on social services, but not enough of that aid is aimed at solving poverty as opposed to treating it. Maine spends plenty on social services, but not enough of that aid is aimed at solving poverty as opposed to treating it. While certainly many people need immediate assistance meeting their needs for food, shelter, and child-care, we are not spending or acting wisely when it comes to transitioning people back to independence and self-reliance.

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Rykerson
No The number of people in the safety net should be reduced by stimulating jobs in the state. The number of people in the safety net should be reduced by stimulating jobs in the state.

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Do you support lowering the state income tax? If so, what state spending would you cut to make up for the loss of revenue?

Pelletier
Yes Maine's income tax remains somewhat higher than the national average. In general, I support user fees over more broad-based taxation. Maine's income tax remains somewhat higher than the national average. In general, I support user fees over more broad-based taxation. Lower income taxes leaves extra money in earner's pockets to drive the local economy. User taxes more closely support those services by people that use them. An appropriate mix of broad-based and user taxes and fees will better balance revenues, expenses, and economic growth.

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Rykerson
No We should not lower taxes, but provide incentives for business incentives. We should not lower taxes, but provide incentives for business incentives.

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Should labor unions be allowed to require workers to pay dues as a condition of employment, regardless of whether the worker joins the union?

Pelletier
No Every employee should have the right to bargain collectively or as an individual. Every employee should have the right to bargain collectively or as an individual. Unions have served great purpose in our history protecting employees from unfair and/or unsafe working conditions. Requiring those same employees to join a union, however, conflicts with that same right to choose that I believe is inherent in a free society.

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Rykerson
Yes The unions protect all workers whether in the union or not. The unions protect all workers whether in the union or not.

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Would you vote to expand Medicaid eligibility as allowed by the Affordable Care Act?

Pelletier
No The ACA is a promise that I doubt the Federal Government will be able to keep. The ACA is a promise that I doubt the Federal Government will be able to keep. Too often, these types of programs are begun and initially funded by the Feds only to be dumped on States later. In general, government regulation of industry creates more serious long term problems than they solve, obscuring the real problems we seek to resolve. Maine requires a more thoughtful, sustainable approach to healthcare than simply expanding Medicaid to more people than the program can reasonable hope to support.

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Rykerson
Yes The state is losing a million dollars a day by rejecting federal funds. The state is losing a million dollars a day by rejecting federal funds.

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What is the biggest thing Maine can do to attract more jobs to the state?

Pelletier
Maine should focus less on attracting Big Business, and instead more vigorously help its small businesses. Maine should focus less on attempting to attract out of state Big Businesses and instead more vigorously assist its own, locally based small businesses. While a new, large employer may give a temporary boost to the local economy, too often their failure leaves behind larger disruptions to our cities and towns. Small, local employers live and operate in the same communities in which their employees do. Their success and failure is more intricately entwined with our own. When circumstances get tough, they are far less likely to pull up stakes and move out of state, or to abandon their operations.

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Rykerson
Invest in research and development. Invest in education. Invest in research and development. Invest in education.

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Should Maine legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana? If so, where should the revenues go?

Pelletier
No I do not support, condone, champion, or advocate drug, alcohol, or other substance abuse. I do not support, condone, champion, or advocate drug or other substance use or abuse. With that said, too many resources are committed to interdiction, with far too less spent on education and treatment. What one chooses to put into their body is largely beyond the state's ability to control. An educated, enlightened people is the best defense against prescription drug, narcotic, and alcohol use or abuse, with abundant resources to treat those who make choices that result in addiction. We have the opportunity to observe and learn from other states that have chosen, by referendum, to legalize marijuana. We should be using these experiments taking place elsewhere to inform our own debate on how best to combat serious health and social concerns like abuse and addiction.

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Rykerson
Yes Towards health care and jobs training. Towards health care and jobs training.

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Should the governor be allowed to delay the sale of general obligation bonds that have been approved by voters?

Pelletier
No The will of those governed should rarely be usurped by those whom govern. The will of those governed should rarely be usurped by those whom govern.

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Rykerson
No It is a disgrace to ignore voter sentiment. It is a disgrace to ignore voter sentiment.

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What should the state do to lower energy costs? What commitment should Maine make to renewable technology?

Pelletier
Support of and for renewable energy should be supported. Support of and for cleaner and renewable energy should be supported by state and federal grants towards research. Modest tax credits to homes and businesses can also be used to help foster a gradual move to cleaner energy. Maine's reliance on oil to heat our homes and businesses should be strong incentive to seek ways with which to lower the cost of energy. Our abundant wilderness and its natural resources, a top source of employment and state revenue, should be insulated against pollution and over use. And using infinite resources from which to divine energy seems only prudent as opposed to relying upon more finite resources.

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Rykerson
Incentivize efficiency, invest in wind, tidal and solar. Give credits for investing in renewables. Incentivize efficiency, invest in wind, tidal and solar. Give credits for investing in renewables.

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Should lawmakers make it a priority — even if it means raising taxes — to fulfill the voters' mandate to have the state fund 55 percent of the total cost of K-12 public education?

Pelletier
Yes Yes, but the EPS formula is very flawed. Simply raising the state's contribution to 55% will not solve our long term funding needs. Yes, but the EPS formula is very flawed. Simply raising the state's contribution to 55% will not solve our long term education funding needs. For many communities, like Kittery, state subsidy does not meaningfully fund local education since EPS does not reflect the true level and cost of education spending. A more innovative, robust formula is necessary to meet the needs of Maine's unique and individual school districts.

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Rykerson
Yes Priority yes. It is a voter mandate. There are a variety of revenue sources without raising taxes. Priority yes. It is a voter mandate. There are a variety of revenue sources without raising taxes.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

Pelletier
No Yes, but not at the expense of our existing public schools. I support charter schools that focus on very specific, targeted curriculum, or for uniquely needy students. Public education is not a 'one size fits all' solution for Maine students. With that said, charter schools should not be in competition with Maine's public schools. Rather, they should be an enhancement to them. Draining away resources from our public schools to support charter schools will result in overall weaker public schools. Schools that are not making the grade, so to speak, can be held accountable in more effective ways than simply cutting off their access to funding.

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Rykerson
No Charter schools should only be licensed if they focus on specialized subjects not taught at public schools. Charter schools should only be licensed if they focus on specialized subjects not taught at public schools.

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