Race for Maine House District 3

in the 2016 General Election

Lydia Blume

Lydia Blume

3,626 (59.47%)

Democratic - York

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Peter G. Mantell

Peter G. Mantell

2,471 (40.53%)

Republican - York

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

Mantell
Let's work to eliminate the fraud and waste and spend that on the truly needy.

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Do you support expanding or raising the sales tax to lower the state income tax? Why or why not?

Mantell
Yes. Sales tax generally taxes those who consume more and use more of our local resources. It rewards the frugal and taxes the excessive.

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Do you support marijuana legalization in Maine, as outlined in Question 1?

Mantell
No

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Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Mantell
No response.

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Do you support raising taxes on Mainers with incomes above $200,000 to increase state aid to education, as outlined in Question 2?

Mantell
No

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Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Mantell
No response.

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Do you support universal background checks for firearm sales, as outlined in Question 3?

Mantell
No

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Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Mantell
No response.

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Should Maine raise its minimum wage, as outlined in Question 4?

Mantell
No

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Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Mantell
No response.

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Do you support the initiative to use ranked-choice voting to elect state and federal officials in Maine, as outlined in Question 5?

Mantell
Yes

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Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Mantell
No response.

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Should Maine prioritize law enforcement efforts to intercept drug traffickers over expanding access to substance abuse treatment, such those that incorporates medications like methadone and Suboxone?

Mantell
PAR. Prevention, Apprehension, Rehabilitation are all equally important. Long term rehab the heals the issue(s) that caused addicts to seek drugs in the first place are need to truly heal those afflicted.

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Should Maines constitutional officers -- the secretary of state, the attorney general, auditor and the treasurer -- continue to be elected by the Legislature or by statewide popular vote?

Mantell
We have a hard enough time electing a Governor, Senators and House members. Leave it be.

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Is the size of Maines Legislature appropriate? Should the pay for legislative service be increased?

Mantell
You get what you pay for, right from the top on down to the Rep's at the bottom.

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Would you support sanctioning another elected official if he or she made public comments or statements that were considered racist, offensive or prejudicial?

Mantell did not answer this question.

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Would you support a so-called right to work law in Maine?

Mantell did not answer this question.

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Would you support legislation or a ballot question to allow more casinos in Maine?

Mantell
Yes.

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What is the biggest barrier to economic development in Maine and what can the Legislature do to address it?

Mantell
High energy costs. Brain drain as our youth leaves for other states. Lack of public transportation and rail systems. Maine needs to implement a long term energy policy. Increase spending to develop a robust intern/apprenticeship programs to fill the high tech trades.

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Census data show Maines population is aging and decreasing, with some economists suggesting that immigration is the best way to reverse those trends. What should the state do to address this demographic trend?

Mantell
Make Maine affordable and continue to diversify our economy, lower taxes and energy costs. We need to make our state truly business friendly so that our youth can work, live and raise their future families in Maine.

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What is the most pressing issue in Maine these questions have not addressed?

Mantell
Most pressing is the overall need to lower costs for Individuals and business so we can grow and diversify our economy.

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