Diane M. Denk

Diane M. Denk

Diane M. Denk

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 9 from Kennebunk

Running against H. Stedman Seavey. View your ballot →

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

Demonizing those in need has never been a constructive practice. Ensuring that there is a fair system in which those who require support are able to receive it and those who have sufficient means do not receive it is a fair and just method of ensuring that families have the proper services.There are many struggling families, children and seniors who require proper nutrition, quality medical care, and safe, decent housing. There are many families who receive services who are the working poor. They juggle many jobs and cannot make ends meet. The best way to end dependence is by ensuring that we support businesses who can create the good jobs that will pay families a decent living wage.

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

I would not commit to or refuse to raise sales tax without first exhausting other sources of revenue to ease our citizens' tax burden.

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?

I don't believe drug rehabilitation and treatment must occur at the expense of sound enforcement of our drug trafficking laws. I feel they must be supported in tandem to end this pervasive problem.

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?

State Legislature

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

The size of the legislature seems adequate. Unfortunately, the pay is so low that only those who have the means to do so, or have a job whose structure permits them to work off site, or are retired can actually afford to serve. Nothing saddens me more than hearing that legislators stock shelves on the night shift, or work as tutors or carpenters and painters on weekends to make ends meet.

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

Yes, I would. The standards for the code of conduct for those who serve the state of Maine should be no less than those in private sector. In fact, we should be held to an even higher standard that respects differences.

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?

I would need more information to make my decision.

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

Economic growth in Maine will most likely come from helping small businesses grow, helping entrepreneurs with start up businesses, and working in partnership with universities, junior colleges, trade schools, and high schools to ensure a quality workforce able to step into the jobs of tomorrow. We must provide every assistance, tax credit, improvement of infrastructure, and incentive to attract business. As one of the grayest states in the union, we have an incredible wealth of retired talent in our state who could mentor start up businesses. I would like to have a role in making business successful and teaching the rest of the world that there is no better work ethic than that of Maine 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?

We must welcome those who come to us from other countries and tap into the rich resources that they bring and the jobs that they create not just for members of their own community but for those outside their community. There are many people from other countries who have been very successful here in Maine and we must do everything possible to celebrate and publicize their success.

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

The most pressing problem we have in Maine is the failed leadership of the CEO of our state. Until we are able to address that, our reputation will suffer throughout the country. Anger and rage have no business being displayed in public or in private by anyone who holds a high level of power.