Anthony J. Edgecomb

Anthony J. Edgecomb

Anthony J. Edgecomb

Republican candidate for Maine House District 148 from Fort Fairfield

Running against David Harold McCrea. View your ballot →

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

Maine needs to promote jobs so that our younger generations can have careers coming out of college and pay into our tax base so that we can have more funds to support our senior citizens people who need help.

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

Yes, I believe that as a citizen of Maine you should pay for what you want to buy and not have to pay to go to work. This will be one more great thing to help promote business

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

One of the toughest things about legalizing marijuana will be our police forces ability to enforce people who are Driving Under the Influence. Legalizing marijuana would also make it more accessible to our underage children.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No, taxing wealthy business owners will not solve the core problems of our education system. This will drive more business owners out of Maine due to our already extremely high tax rates and will make it even more difficult to attract new business. This tax would put us among the top in the country for high tax rates at this bracket.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No, this New York City style gun control bill put forward by Bloomberg will be one more foot in the door for out of state interest groups trying to regulate our guns and weaken our second amendment rights.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

No, although I believe our minimum wage rate is too low, I don't not think that raising it to $12 will solve our problem. Small businesses in Aroostook County would have to cut back services, lay off employees, or raise their prices to compensate for this large increase in the cost of doing business

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No, the major reason being that our Attorney General has ruled this Unconstitutional.

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?

Prevention should be our major focus.

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?

This should be voted by popular state wide vote. This gives all of our citizens the right to vote on who they believe is the right candidate for these positions

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

I believe that we could reduce the size of our state government and would support a unicameral legislature. As for pay for us legislators, we are currently at an appropriate level.

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

I would need more information on what type of sanctioning would be handed down.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

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

I would need more information on cost, location, and money distribution.

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

The two biggest barriers we have in Maine that prevents business are, our excessive regulations and our high tax rates. We need to introduce and support legislation that cuts taxes, reduces regulations and lowers energy costs

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?

Lower taxes and promote business. If we can get students working right out of college we will retain people who choose to educate themselves in Maine and will attract other businesses and families to enter the state.

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

Promoting business in Maine is one of the most important and pressing issue we have. If we bring more business into the state then we will attract and retain young people to work in Maine, expand our tax base, which will allow us to better fund education, help our veterans, our elderly, and our disabled while boosting Maine's struggling economy.