Douglas K. Damon

Douglas K. Damon

Douglas K. Damon

Republican candidate for Maine House District 126 from Bangor

Running against John C. Schneck. View your ballot →

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

Families with children should be allowed more to live on, however, there are some who should not be on social service welfare and should be required to go to work to support themselves.

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

Lowering the income tax will directly benefit the residents of Maine while broad basing the sales tax brings all people who use Maine infrastructure to support it as they use it. This condition exists universally. It works.

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

No

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?

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

No

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?

No

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?

There is no need to cut treatment in order to help stem the flow of drugs from coming into Maine. You are assuming the need to cut treatment and this is not required.

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?

Statewide popular vote. They should present their credentials to the people of Maine and stand for election.

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

The size is about right in order to provide accessible representation to the people. The money is enough for now.

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

Political correctness has been carried to the extreme. Don't forget that we have the first amendment to protect the freedom of speech.

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

Yes. We need to provide for our citizens and their future. This requires jobs and Maine must be competative with neighboring states in this region. This does require the Right to Work ability of workers

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

Maine is well covered with Casinos now. and support our population as necessary.

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

Maine needs lower energy costs and a Right to Work law which will enhance the attraction of Maine to outside companies.

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?

Young people leave Maine for better economic opportunities. This has long been a problem. They will come and or stay in Maine if there is work. See #14.

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

Economy. The economy will only worsen if we don't lower energy costs and work to enhance the viability of companies coming to Maine. The other issues will improve with more jobs. It's the 1st thing young people want upon graduation.