Race for Maine Senate District 22

in the 2014 General Election

Guy P. Desjardins

Guy P. Desjardins

7,255 (42.98%)

Democratic - Sabattus

Candidate profile


Total raised: $25,046
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $1,301
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,541
Candidate self-financing: $200
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Desjardins raised 58.21% of the amount Mason raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $1,305
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,541
Candidate self-financing: $200
Desjardins raised 58.21% of the amount Mason raised.
Correction: An earlier version of this graph incorrectly noted Maine Clean Elections money as from out-of-state.
Garrett Paul Mason

Garrett Paul Mason

9,623 (57.02%)

Republican - Lisbon

Candidate profile


Total raised: $43,024
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $42,149
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $875
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $39,324
Donations from outside Maine: $2,825
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $875

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

Desjardins
No Maine’s average TANIF benefit is 19th among other states. We need to assure only qualified and the most needy receive assistance. I would not support any such legislation that would increase the tax burden without first addressing two major issues that are necessary in order to insure proper management of such programs. First, has the state, provided our front line case workers with the proper training and equipment in order to determine an applicant’s eligibility status before approving time sensitive material/applications? Secondly, has all public service programs been evaluated on a regular basis in order to determine their effectiveness and are they achieving their projected goals that were anticipated? If not, then a reasonable question then must be addressed, why are we still managing such a program? I would first want to assure that as legislators, we are utilizing all existing funding to meet the needs of our elderly and disabled without increasing the tax burden to our citizens.

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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?

Desjardins
Yes All expenditures need to be carefully evaluated to assure necessity within the state budget and not a burden to lower and middle class. Our last state income tax reduction benefited mostly the rich and did very little to help our lower and middle class Mainers. In order for me to support such legislation I want to be assured that any reductions in spending directly related to reducing our state income tax do not adversely affect our lower and middle class Maine workers. No question that adjustments will need to be made but not on the backs of the working men and women.

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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?

Desjardins
Yes State government should not be allowed to interfere with any negotiated labor contract between the employer/union. State government should not be allowed to interfere with any negotiated labor contract between the employer and a union, nor can any employee be forced to join a union. This basic question deals with “right to work” legislation, if allowed, would adversely affect thousands of Maine workers and endanger their ability to earn a living wage and benefits for their families. As legislatures should not be looking at employment solutions that would hurt our citizens, but rather look at ways to produce good paying jobs that also provide good benefits for years to come.

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

Desjardins
Yes Health care is a human right for all, not just a few. It will allow us to offer preventative care, reducing emergency room visits. I believe health care is a human right for all citizens of Maine. Health care should not be a necessity for those who can afford coverage but not those less fortunate. By approving Medicare expansion, it will generate not only improved health care for all Maine families, but also bring in approximately 3,000 good paying heath related jobs and increase state revenues by over $300,000,000.00 per year. Our state now has over 70,000 citizens including close to 3,000 veterans that are now without health care, which should be unacceptable under anyone’s standards.

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

Desjardins
Support public education, Pre K/12 grade and local municipal governments threw increasing a reasonable municipal revenue sharing program. In order to attract employers from fare away we need to be able to show our ability to provide a well-educated workforce, strong community support in providing necessary municipal public safety services, as well as a public school system that has the ability to meet educational needs and goals of the future. We need to offer a strong community college system that will support the necessary trades in which our students can learn and master, meeting the ever increasing demands of those employers. I believe a strong community, strengthens our state in so many ways. As one builds their new home, they first make sure they have a strong and reliable foundation first. As legislators we should take charge in strengthening our communities by first establishing and funding reasonable municipal revenue sharing and funding for a public educational system legislation.

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

Desjardins
No I do not support any legislation that would legalize marijuana and tax such a product that contradicts federal law. This issue has been introduced in many Maine communities in recent years. I would not support such legislation because it contradicts, currently, state and federal law. In my 38 years as a law enforcement officer, I have seen how locally approved municipal ordinances have adversely effected our ability to investigate drug cases in this state. Ask yourself this question, why would a state introduce any legislations that is indirect conflict of federal law and then gain revenue from it? My thoughts on this subject is federal law must be changed first before any state attemps to legalize marijuana.

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

Desjardins
No We must protect the integrity of our democratic process on issues that have been approved by voters on Election Day. Our democratic process starts in the voting booth. Our society and the laws that govern our existence is based on the fact that everyone’s vote counts and should be held private and sacred. The sale of bonds are approved by the voters of the State of Maine, up or down on voting day and will determine the direction it will follow. The results of such a public vote should never be altered, ignored or otherwise be found in direct conflict with the intent of Maine voters. Never.

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

Desjardins
Energy cost effects both business and home owners. Efficiencies and weatherization programs are a good start. Energy cost effects both business and home owners. Efficiencies and weatherization programs are a good start. We must find ways to reduce our foreign oil dependency. First, I feel the state should help in educating business and home owners about conservation and make available such training programs and seminars that could help everyone start thinking about useable energy. Secondly, renewable energy technology has come a long way within the last few years and cost have become more affordable for some. I would like to see our state support such projects and continue to offer incentives for those wishing to invest, either in homes or businesses. It would not only improve our environment by reducing our dependency of oil but it will also generate good paying Maine jobs.

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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?

Desjardins
No No to raising taxes – yes to fulfill the states obligation to fund 55% of total cost of K-12 public education. We must find existing funding When voters mandated to have the state fund 55 % of public education the primary reason was to reduce the burden to the property taxpayer, to broaden the cost public education to everyone through sales tax as one example, which in turn would resulted in property tax relief for all our municipalities. Because the state’s funding level is somewhere around 46%, some communities were forced to increase class size, reduce their curriculum and limiting or even eliminating some extra-curriculum activities. One school in my district was forced to close it’s doors. The state needs to take responsibility in meeting mandate of 55%. Again, if elected, I will not support any tax increase of any sort without first finding efficiencies in other areas of the state budget. Public education must be a priority, for the good of our state, our economy and to our property taxpayers and I am not convinced that existing funds are not available in Augusta.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

Desjardins
No No charter school should be approved until new funding sources be identified which would remove the financial burden to our public schools. No charter school should be approved until new funding sources be identified which would remove the financial burden to our public school system. I would also want be assured that all Charter School Budgets be approved and full transparency of all expenditures be available to the public. Current funding is totally deprived from public education with little notice to the respective school district, leaving potential budgetary short falls even before the first day of school.There needs to be accountability when public funds are being expended, taxpayers expect it. I do support a charter school system because one size does not fit all, but there need to a better way of funding these schools without jeopardizing our public school system in the process.

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