Race for Maine Senate District 31

in the 2014 General Election

Michael E. Coleman

Michael E. Coleman

6,595 (40.28%)

Republican - Old Orchard Beach

Candidate profile


Total raised: $25,080
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $1,500
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,580
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): $1,500
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,580
Candidate self-financing: $0
Correction: An earlier version of this graph incorrectly noted Maine Clean Elections money as from out-of-state.
Linda M. Valentino

Linda M. Valentino

9,778 (59.72%)

Democratic - Saco

Candidate profile


Total raised: $25,077
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $1,300
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,577
Candidate self-financing: $200
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Valentino raised 99.99% of the amount Coleman raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $1,000
Donations from outside Maine: $300
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,577
Candidate self-financing: $200
Valentino raised 99.99% of the amount Coleman 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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Valentino
No Maine is not too generous to the elderly or disabled, but some welfare benefits should be given on a temporary benefit to those able to work Maine is not too generous to the elderly or disabled, but some welfare benefits should be given on a temporary benefit to those able to work

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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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Valentino
Yes The middle class and small businesses need tax relief, not wealthy corporations and individuals who shelter money in off shore accounts. The middle class and small businesses need tax relief, not wealthy corporations and individuals who shelter money in off shore accounts.

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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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Valentino
Yes If a worker is reaping the benefits of union negotiating skills, then it is only fair that non-union workers pay a fair share of the dues If a worker is reaping the benefits of union negotiating skills, then it is only fair that non-union workers pay a fair share of the dues

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

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Valentino
Yes Federal funds for 3 years would cover 70,000 Mainers, incl. 3,000 veterans. It helps hospitals reduce money spent on charitable care. Federal funds for 3 years would cover 70,000 Mainers, incl. 3,000 veterans. It helps hospitals reduce money spent on charitable care.

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

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Valentino
Chairing the Workforce Committee, businesses said they are looking for skilled, trained workers and access to capital. I voted for both Chairing the Workforce Committee, businesses said they are looking for skilled, trained workers and access to capital. I voted for both bills.

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

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Valentino
Yes Only if citizens vote for it through a referendum process, and then it should be highly regulated like alcohol, cigarettes and gambling Only if citizens vote for it through a referendum process, and then it should be highly regulated like alcohol, cigarettes and gambling

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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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Valentino
No Unless the reason for the bond has changed. The Governor holding a bond to get what he wants undermines the will of the voters. Unless the reason for the bond has changed. The Governor holding a bond to get what he wants undermines the will of the voters.

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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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Valentino
I co-sponsored bill to provide funds to very successful solar rebate program that is out of money. The bill passed but was vetoed I co-sponsored bill to provide funds to very successful solar rebate program that is out of money. The bill passed but was vetoed. We also need to expand natural gas lines, tidal power and off shore wind power.

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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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Valentino
Yes If the state funded 55% of education, it would lower property taxes. But we cannot reduce revenue sharing in order to do this. If the state funded 55% of education, it would lower property taxes. But we cannot reduce revenue sharing in order to do this.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

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Valentino
No I voted to allow 10 charter schools in 10 years. More information on existing charter school performance is needed. I voted to allow 10 charter schools in 10 years. More information on existing charter school performance is needed before we think of expanding..

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