Race for Maine House District 9

in the 2014 General Election

Diane M. Denk

Diane M. Denk

2,101 (48.28%)

Democratic - Kennebunk

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): $200
Donations from outside Maine: $300
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.
H. Stedman Seavey

H. Stedman Seavey

2,251 (51.72%)

Republican - Kennebunkport

Candidate profile


Total raised: $3,355
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $1,850
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $1,505
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Seavey raised 58.76% of the amount Denk raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $1,125
Donations from outside Maine: $725
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $1,505
Seavey raised 58.76% of the amount Denk raised.

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

Denk
No Struggling families should always know Maine has their backs until they are able to secure good jobs to support their families. The best cure for welfare dependence is providing good paying jobs with benefits. Training, re-training and shoring up small businesses and assisting start up businesses can ensure that dependent families have good alternatives. No one ever grows up dreaming of a life of welfare dependence. Families in crisis need help, not criticism, and a hand up to get back into the working world.

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Seavey
Yes churches, communities and non-profits need to do more, governments less churches, communities and non-profits need to do more government less

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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?

Denk
Yes I favor lowering taxes for working class families while asking millionaires and big corporations to pay a larger share. Working class families and seniors are struggling to make ends meet while millionaires continue to become richer and large corporations enjoy greater profits. Tax fairness would spread out the obligation in a much more equitable manner and take the burden off those who can least afford to pay. As a candidate, I see so many homeowners, especially seniors, who may lose their homes because they cannot afford to keep them. As we become a grayer state and our tax base of wage earners shifts, we must be prepared and come up with creative solutions to fill this revenue gap by shifting the burden to those who can afford to pay a little more.

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Seavey
Yes user taxes are more equitable, pay for what you use user taxes are more equitable, pay for what you use

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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?

Denk
Yes I support labor unions and believe their negotiations strengthen and balance conditions and wages for everyone. I grew up in a union household and saw firsthand the effects of having collective bargaining. Without the UAW, our family would not have been able to have a sustainable wage, good insurance benefits and good retirement for my parents. Today families struggle to make ends meet while corporations enjoy enormous profits. Making Maine stronger depends on a good workforce that is well trained, well compensated, and appreciated. Unions can provide that support to ensure that they are not disregarded.

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Seavey
No no no

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

Denk
Yes Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. 70,000 Mainers are suffering and using ERs who should have coverage. States which permitted expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are finding it has been a godsend to providing quality care to needy families. It provides good preventive care which diagnoses and treats earlier, thus preventing costlier care for untreated health concerns. In addition, expansion creates good paying jobs which adds to the plus column of the economy. I support adding the 70,000 Mainers as soon as possible and am ashamed that our governor put partisan politics ahead of the needs of unhealthy, uninsured people.

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Seavey
No this should be determined by state law not federal law this should be determined by state law, not federal law

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

Denk
We must support our small business owners and help them expand and encourage start up firms with the jobs of the future. We must provide good education and training/retraining for our workforce. As a teacher, it saddens me that we educate our children for Massachusetts as there are so few good jobs available to them. Students who enter the trades do well. Those who study medical and technical fields also can find jobs. But the rest are lacking in opportunities. I would first bridge the gap from education to employment and expose students at an earlier age to many career options, including farming, business, technical fields, and healthcare. I would lower taxes on small business owners so they can expand. I would provide incentives for start up firms for Mainers. I would have debt forgiveness for students who attend Maine colleges so they can start their careers free of the burden of repayment.

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Seavey
increase education, e.g. vocational opportunities,lower utility bills, better roads increase education such as vocational schools, lower utility bills and strengthen infrastructure with better roads and bridges. Build an East-West highway

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

Denk
Yes I believe we should permit sale and taxation of marijuana with all proceeds going toward senior housing, transportation, and healthcare. As the grayest state in the country, we must be prepared for having fewer wage earners to support our state. Many if not most of our seniors are struggling to stay ahead and keep their homes. We must ensure that they can afford to stay in their homes should the tax burdens make it unaffordable for them to do so. Should they wish to downsize, we must build more attractive, well designed senior housing in all communities. When seniors cannot get around, we must ensure that reliable transportation is available. Lastly and most importantly, seniors must have quality home healthcare from well compensated caregivers. Sale and taxation of marijuana could provide this funding.

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Seavey
No i'm unsure, there are logical arguments for a yes vote, need to study more I'm unsure, there are logical arguments for a yes vote. I need to study the issue more. Any revenue should go to the general fund. No dedicated revenues, they only get raided anyway.

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

Denk
No To go against the wishes of the majority of the voters is irresponsible and puts critical projects behind schedule, causing further damage. Voters give careful consideration to the issues at hands in bonding. Whether it is roads, bridges, schools, the voters have spoken. For one person to withhold these funds for critical infrastructure projects is simply wrong and must be stopped. Our governor has always put partisan politics ahead of the needs of Mainers. The release of bond funding creates jobs and stimulates the economy.

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Seavey
Yes circumstances can change and there may be a need to delay I remember my very first vote as a legislator back in 1983. Voters by referendum in the fall of 1982 passed a Charlie Cragin initiative to index income tax brackets to inflation. As soon as John Martin was sworn in as Speaker he pushed thru a bill to repeal that citizens' vote. The precedent was set.

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

Denk
Mainers cannot endure bad winters and high fuel costs. We must help by exploring low cost alternatives to fossil fuels. Maine and its universities must explore wind, solar, tidal and other sources to help struggling families heat and light their homes. Climate change is here and it is very real. We cannot continue our dependence on fossil fuels and believe it is not having an adverse effect on our state and our planet. Maine should become a leader in exploration. It would create new jobs and help our working families.

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Seavey
less reliance on fossil fuels more on mother nature, wind, sun, water less reliance on fossil fuels, more on mother nature, wind, water and sun

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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?

Denk
Yes Maine must fund at 55% because local property owners, especially seniors, simply can no afford high taxes to fund schools. Any state working to ensure a path to success for its citizens must provide quality education and training leading to the jobs of tomorrow. 55% funding is the aggregate of what all towns throughout Maine should be receiving. The wealthier towns understand that their share will be lower and poorer towns will be funded at a higher rate. But when the number is actually down around 46%, towns and property owners suffer and their tax burden grows exponentially. Maine must meet its obligation and fund at 55%.

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Seavey
Yes yes and specifically for each municipality not a per cent of overall state spending yes and specifically for each municipality. Not a situation where some communities get 20% and some get 80 %

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

Denk
No Charter schools take away funds that are critically needed to pay for local school systems and must be stopped. We need to ensure that our public schools are strong, provide for the needs of everyone from our gifted and talented to our struggling students. Our teachers are inadequately compensated and most often work two or more jobs to raise their own families. We will never keep up the quality of our schools if we allow charter schools to continue to expand and have to pay $9000/student to meet this obligation. Let's work together to strengthen our public schools, its faculty and administrators, and above all, its students.

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Seavey
No We have a few. Let's play it out a little longer and study the results. We have a few. Let's play it out a little longer and study the results. It can significantly impact local schools funding and this is not right.

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