David B. Pearson

David B. Pearson

David B. Pearson

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 104 from Dexter

Running against Raymond A. Wallace. View your ballot →

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

Maine should adopt the Medicaid part of the ACA, support public health nurses, work with community action programs to reach more people and lower DHHS administrative costs.

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

No. The Governor's emphasis on cutting income taxes benefits the wealthiest and has only shifted the burden to the property tax, which is a regressive tax. Government revenues at all levels should be a third sales, a third income and a third property tax. Now property tax is 50% and rising and that is unhealthy for our State.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Not regulating and taxing marijuana is only protecting a black market in which unscrupulous dealers can make tax-free revenue and sell contaminated product. Too much money has been spent in this Prohibition Era crusade. Our focus should be on the opioid epidemic and dangerous drugs.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

The Governor and legislature have failed continually to obey the people's vote to have the State fund 55% of education. Because they have been ignoring the law, we are back to a referendum.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Candidate did not answer this question.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

People should be paid a wage they can live on. This has been good for the economies of the states that have done it already and the gloom and doom prophets should do some research.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

A candidate needs to be acceptable to most of the voters. Unless Maine changes to run-off elections (which are expensive) this is a simple, efficient and inexpensive remedy to the obvious problems we have had.

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?

I think the Governor has done well putting extra muscle in law enforcement but now I think we have to step up the treatment side to really get the upper hand.

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?

As awkward as the current system sometimes is, it could be worse when another four thousand campaign signs compete for every intersection in Maine.

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

Seeing how dysfunctional our House and Senate are when headed by two different parties, I would like to study moving to a unicameral system like Nebraska's where there is only one legislative body. Cost savings and efficiency could be achieved at the same stroke.

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

Absolutely. The level of civil discourse in our country right now is shameful.

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?

Generally no although I think the Passamaquoddies were treated unfairly.

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

Right now our attractiveness to investment is being hurt by our negative publicity My son works all over Europe and tells me that Maine is recognized only for lobsters and having a buffoon as governor. I remember when we were the leaders in clean air and water. Now we are AWOL.

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?

Maine is positioned to be a great agricultural provider to the east coast. We should encourage small farms and help new people including immigrants to bring back the creameries, food processors, and such. Our future lies in our land and waters just as our past did.

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

I wish there was a real discussion at the state level (and federal) on climate change. One party denies it outright and the other just kind of mumbles about it. Ocean acidification is already identified as a threat to our fisheries, but is ignored in the contentious political warfare we seem to keep perpetuating.