Deane Rykerson

Deane Rykerson

Deane Rykerson

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 1 from Kittery

Running against Ronald S. Pulchlopek. View your ballot →

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

Not too generous. Over 100 million dollars in federal money is being held by the DHHS instead of being distributed to the needy families it is supposed to benefit.

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

A seasonal sales tax increase could target tourists to the benefit of Maine's economy.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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)

No response.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

No response.

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)

No response.

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?

More rehabilitation is necessary to combat addiction.

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?

Legislature but there should be a constitutional amendment to institute a lieutenant governor.

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

More pay to approximate at least the minimum wage.

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

Yes, it is our duty.

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

No

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

Local option

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

Lack of research and development funds, shortage of workers.

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?

Welcome immigrants.

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

We need to encourage clean energy for jobs and to combat global warming.