Race for Maine House District 5

in the 2014 General Election

Beth A. O'Connor

Beth A. O'Connor

1,740 (54.19%)

Republican - Berwick

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Total raised: $5,780
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $5,780
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
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): $5,405
Donations from outside Maine: $375
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $0
Joshua R. Plante

Joshua R. Plante

1,471 (45.81%)

Democratic - Berwick

Candidate profile


Total raised: $5,700
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $450
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,200
Candidate self-financing: $50
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Plante raised 98.61% of the amount O'Connor raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $250
Donations from outside Maine: $200
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,200
Candidate self-financing: $50
Plante raised 98.61% of the amount O'Connor raised.
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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Plante
No Proper reform can improve the program The state must work with the federal government to improve the distribution of these services. We need to work towards making the cards used on the program all inclusive of necessary items. We must also put workers in the field to investigate all reported abuses.

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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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Plante
No Our current tax structure must be made to work for our citizens Further cuts to the states income tax would only lead to greater increases on local property taxes. Property taxpayers across the state saw a net increase in their tax burden following the income tax cuts of the 2011 biennial budget. We do not need to repeat this failed policy.

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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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Plante
Yes If the union negotiates a contract on your behalf you should pay for that service Right to work laws have only lead to decreasing the ability of workers to make a living wage. States with right to work legislation also have higher rates of people being uninsured. Maine is a stronger state by not taking this route.

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

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Plante
Yes Every citizen should be able to afford health insurance Expanding the state's Medicaid program would bring thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars to our economy. It would increase competition in the health insurance field and drive down health insurance costs. This very model is playing out currently in neighboring New Hampshire; it is time Maine follows in this direction.

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

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Plante
Provided education for our students for a 21st century economy We need to keep our promise and as a state properly fund education. Doing so will give our students the greatest chance at success and will make Maine an attractive place to do business.

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

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Plante
No This is not the direction we should travel Drug legalization will not reduce drug abuse and will in fact create greater access for those we seek not to use it. Medical marijuana has shown promise and should remain legal, however recreational use of marijuana should not.

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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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Plante
No To act in such a way is an abuse of power When voters approve bonds it is the job of the governor to release the bonds. It is inappropriate for the chief executive to deny what the voters have approved.

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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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Plante
Continue to invest in energy diversification Expanding on our options for energy will help drive down costs for Mainers. We must also continue to invest in alternative energies that are clean and renewable. The best way to diversify our energy needs and cheapen energy costs is to invest in discovering the potential of all energy sources.

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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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Plante
Yes This is an option that can be considered Fully funding our education obligation of 55% may require an increase on taxes. With that said it is also vital that we review all government programs and address where there are the duplicities in services. If we can do something once there is no need to pay for it twice.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

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Plante
No Our public education system empowers and enlightens our students To improve our education system we must review where there are other deficiencies or places for room to grow in our public schools. Studies show that charter schools do not outperform public schools in quality of education.

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