Race for Maine House District 40

in the 2014 General Election

Herbert C. Adams

Herbert C. Adams

758 (33.81%)

Democratic - Portland

Candidate profile


Total raised: $5,525
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $315
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,210
Candidate self-financing: $0
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Adams raised 96.76% of the amount Chipman raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $315
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,210
Candidate self-financing: $0
Adams raised 96.76% of the amount Chipman raised.
Correction: An earlier version of this graph incorrectly noted Maine Clean Elections money as from out-of-state.
Benjamin M. Chipman

Benjamin M. Chipman

1,336 (59.59%)

Independent - Portland

Candidate profile


Total raised: $5,710
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $485
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,210
Candidate self-financing: $0
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $16
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.
Mark A. Lockman

Mark A. Lockman

148 (6.6%)

Republican - Portland

Candidate profile


Total raised: $375
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $375
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $0
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Lockman raised 6.57% of the amount Chipman raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $0
Donations from outside Maine: $375
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $0
Lockman raised 6.57% of the amount Chipman raised.

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

Adams
No The best welfare is still a good Maine job. Meanwhile, welfare can help keep a family fed and warm, and hold out hope. The best welfare program is still a good Maine job. Meanwhile, temporary programs can keep a family fed and warm, and hold out hope. As a legislator before, I always worked to keep such programs focused, efficient, humane, and helpful to families transitioning out of poverty to success. Maine can be a hard work state. Help those in need -- and hold out hope.

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Chipman
No If we had more quality jobs with good pay and benefits we would not have as many people needing assistance. If we had more quality jobs with good pay and benefits we would not have as many people needing assistance. This is where we should be focusing our energy.

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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?

Adams
No The Income tax is a fair, focused tax, based on ability to earn and ability to pay. The Middle Class is losing its seat at the table. The wealthy, well-off, and corporations should not get tax breaks borne by the middle class, families, and seniors. True growth comes from nurturing small business ( which is most Maine business )and focusing on the long term, not short-term bailouts and breaks for the biggest amongst us.

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Chipman
No We already reduced the income tax from 8.5% to 7.95% which created a $400 million shortfall. This is why the sales tax had to be increased. We already reduced the income tax from 8.5% to 7.95% which created a $400 million budget shortfall. This is why the sales tax had to be increased.

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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?

Adams
Yes Workers should pay a fair share for benefits won for all, wether union members or not. All workers want a safe workplace, job security, and decent pay for decent work. I think that all workers, union or not, should pay a "Fair Share " toward collective bargaining that wins wages and benefits for all workers, union or not. A strong Maine economy depends on a strong, willing, working class -- and that means most Mainers.

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Chipman
Yes As long as all workers in a unionized workplace benefit from union representation, dues should be collected to pay for this work. As long as all workers in a unionized workplace benefit from union representation and negotiations, dues should be collected to pay for this work.

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

Adams
Yes Basic health care is a basic right. Over 70,000 worthy Mainers deserve that basic right via Mainecare. Given that the Feds will pay 100 % of Mainecare expansion for several years, and 90% after that, extending life-saving health care to our most vulnerable Mainers makes common sense. Some 3,000 of these are Vets who served our country. Reduce hospital cost for treating the uninsured -- add jobs in the economy -- all this flows from Mainecare expansion. It is common sense, good dollars and cents, and morally right.

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Chipman
Yes Accepting federal funding will immediately create over 4,000 new jobs throughout Maine! Most states have already accepted this funding. Accepting federal funding will immediately create over 4,000 new jobs throughout Maine! Nearly 70,000 uninsured residents would have health care coverage. We need to accept this funding as most other states have.

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

Adams
Invest in small business ( which most Maine businesses are ;) ; emphasize natural resources; work for a liveable wage. Maine is not going to grow any steel mills. Let's promote our natural resources, eco-tourism, sea harvests, and an affordable education that rewards our best & brightest young who stay here. A trained, smart, and willing work force is what business looks for first, and Mainers are certainly that.

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Chipman
Offer tax breaks and incentives to employers that pay a living wage and benefits to their workers. Offer tax breaks and incentives to employers that pay a living wage and benefits to their workers.

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Lockman did not answer this question.

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

Adams
No I support Medical Marijuana. Before expanding, let Maine look at recreational-use states like Colorado or Washington. Lots to be learned. I support prescribed Medical Marijuana, as passed in referendum by Maine voters. Before moving to a larger expansion, Maine should look and learn from the experience of states like Colorado and Washington, and venues where the focus on use is different. There is a vast difference between Medical and Recreational use. Lots to learn here about taxes, enforcement, priorities, revenues and results.

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Chipman
Yes We have a lot of pressing issues. My district would vote for legalization so I would support it but it is not a top priority. We have a lot of pressing issues. My district would vote for legalization so I would support it but it is not a top priority.

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

Adams
No Maine's Constitution does not give the governor veto powers over bonds passed by the Maine public. Maine's Constitution does NOT give the governor veto powers over bonds passed by the Maine public. Only this governor has ever claimed it does -- that personal ideology trumps public approval, whenever he chooses. Mainers know we need better roads, better bridges, cleaner water, and downtown improvements -- all of which spell out job growth -- and have said so by the tens of thousands. One person's cranky politics should not stifle them all.

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Chipman
No The Governor should never obstruct ballot measures approved by the voters. The Governor should never obstruct ballot measures approved by the voters.

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

Adams
Invest in long-term, Maine-based renewables such as near-shore tidal, home solar, biomass and biofuels. Maine is not going to grow any oil. But Maine is unique in its renewable resources. Renew Maine's rebate programs for home solar and other renewables ; reinvest in research for other sources like ceramic storage, near-shore tidal ( like ORPC in Washington Co. and TEDEC at Castine )and promising biofuels ( like sawgrass ) and study biomass. Keep tight to our Renewable Energy Portfolio and its deadlines for Maine-based renewable sources of energy. Invest in home insulation programs for Maine's old housing stock. Thus : Invest home by home -- and long-range for all Maine.

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Chipman
We need to insulate all homes that are not adequately insulated and increase solar energy and tidal power production. We need to insulate all homes that are not adequately insulated and increase solar energy and tidal power production.

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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?

Adams
Yes We all want to keep property taxes low, and aid to local education high. See online answer for ideas to do it. As a legislator before, I voted for "Essential Programs and Services " improvements that bought $2 million new real dollars to my hometown schools, and to many other towns too. A sharp pencil here could boost the state aid to education formula to emphasize town Median Income ( showing ability to pay ) local Free and Reduced Lunch numbers ( showing real need )and local Tax Effort ( how much towns are already taxing themselves to meet educational needs ) Make the formula fairer for all. As Maine's population of young people shifts, investing in strong education is one key to economic success .

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Chipman
Yes The voters passed a referendum requiring this so it is our obligation to fulfill the requirement. The voters passed a referendum requiring this so it is our obligation to fulfill the requirement.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

Adams
No Maine must meet its obligation (above) to public schools before sending public dollars to private for-profit schools . As a former school board member, I think Maine must meet its obligations to public schools ( as above ) before sending public dollars to private for-profit schools. Such private schools answer to no public body and pull sorely needed public resources away from public control. No solid independent studies show Charter Schools deliver better education or better student performance than public schools. Maine's public school system faces many challenges, but don't dismantle it wholesale without proof of something solid, accountable, and better.

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Chipman
No In Maine charter schools take money directly from public schools. Taking money away from public schools is not going to help them improve. In Maine charter schools take money directly from public schools. Taking money away from public schools is not going to help them improve.

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