Race for Maine House District 12

in the 2014 General Election

Perry V. Aberle

Perry V. Aberle

549 (21.99%)

Republican - Biddeford

Candidate profile


Total raised: $625
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $625
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $0
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Aberle raised 11.09% of the amount Thompson raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $250
Donations from outside Maine: $375
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $0
Aberle raised 11.09% of the amount Thompson raised.
Martin J. Grohman

Martin J. Grohman

1,061 (42.49%)

Democratic - Biddeford

Candidate profile


Total raised: $5,210
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,210
Candidate self-financing: $0
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Grohman raised 92.45% of the amount Thompson raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $0
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,210
Candidate self-financing: $0
Grohman raised 92.45% of the amount Thompson raised.
Correction: An earlier version of this graph incorrectly noted Maine Clean Elections money as from out-of-state.
Barbra Jean Thompson

Barbra Jean Thompson

887 (35.52%)

Independent - Biddeford

Candidate profile


Total raised: $5,635
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $330
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,205
Candidate self-financing: $0
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $100
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $430
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,205
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?

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Grohman
Yes We should provide the ability to bounce back We should provide the ability to bounce back. When I was a young child my parents split up and my father evaded child support. My Mom had four of her eight children living at home. For about 30 months, my family was on AFDC (now called TANF). My brothers and sisters and I have all been very successful. For example, my brother is a doctor and I started a company that has generated significant payroll right here in Maine. I believe this program worked as intended, and helped my family bounce back. We should provide this ability to bounce back without structuring it in such a way, that there is no path off the system.

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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?

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Grohman
Yes Providing infrastructure like roads, bridges, and broadband is important. Selected reductions such as a reduction in business property tax Providing infrastructure like roads, bridges, and broadband is important. Our State needs to provide the infrastructure that helps business grow and run smoothly and with minimal delays. The revenue structure to provide this infrastructure is a must. However, selected reductions such as a reduction in business property tax provide an economic incentive for growth.

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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?

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Grohman
No Safe, healthy, and equitable workplaces are important Safe, healthy, and fair workplaces are important. In the mines of Butte, Montana just a generation or two before us, employees were routinely exposed to unsafe and unfair conditions, and many died on the job. The right of those staffers to unionize and ultimately achieve fair treatment while maintaining production should not be compromised.

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

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Grohman
Yes Preventive care cuts costs and reduces risks Preventive care cuts costs. Sick people who do not have coverage must be cared for whether or not they have suitable coverage. Imagine if someone with no health care developed Ebola. Would you deny them coverage, knowing that doing so would mean they would likely infect many others? We are all in this together, and not developing a system where all citizens can access health care (including preventive medicine and wellness care) is ultimately more expensive, and creates a greater risk to us all.

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

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Grohman
Maine is the best state for your startup. We do not need to attract jobs from outside the state, we can create them right here! Maine is the best state for your startup. We do not need to attract jobs from outside the state, we can create them right here! Believing that Maine is not a good place to start a business is a self-fulfilling prophecy. In fact, Maine is arguably the best state in the country to raise your first $100K, and business support only grows from there. It is important to continue funding the Maine Technology Institute and all support for commercialization and R&D, as those are the engines of Maine's new economy. I also support the reinstatement of the Governor's Training Initiative in support of on-the-job training.

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

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Grohman
Yes Drug abuse, including prescription drug abuse, is a major drain on our society. Drug abuse, including prescription drug abuse, is a major drain on our society.

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

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Grohman
No Delaying much needed road and bridge work during a time of low cost was an economic mistake. I do not believe it is an appropriate role of the State's top executive to overrule the voters of the State except in cases of emergency. Plus, the bonds that were delayed by this Governor would have brought greater returns if sold when they should have been, and the work would likely have been completed at lower cost. The delays were unnecessary and overreaching.

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

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Grohman
Promote and support energy efficiency first; then remember, sunlight is free. Energy efficiency is the most important form of renewable energy. Everyone from industrial users, who can benefit from a continuing focus on reducing energy intensity of production processes, to individual homeowners, can benefit from reduced exposure to energy cost spikes. From there, renewable energy, while often more expensive initially, is free (outside of maintenance costs) once in service. Sunlight is free.

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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?

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Grohman
No Properly funding education is very important and needs to be done well Properly funding education is very important and needs to be done well. From early childhood to college, a quality education builds into a successful career and greater economic opportunity.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

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Grohman
No A high-quality, fulfulling education is the key to economic success and career possibility A high-quality, fulfilling education is the key to economic success and career possibility.

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