Frances M. Head

Frances M. Head

Frances M. Head

Republican candidate for Maine House District 117 from Bethel

Running against Sidney J. Pew. View your ballot →

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

I believe that we can provide more accountability within the states welfare programs by strengthening the penalties for abuse and fraud. As a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, it is a goal of mine to ensure that welfare benefits go to those who truly need it.

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

We need to lower the income tax for all Mainers because the more take home pay in Mainers pockets, the stronger our economy will be. This is especially true for many of the tourism supported businesses in western Maine where I serve. I trust my constituents to spend their own hard-earned money better than the government will.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I worry about growing access of any drugs, and we need to learn more from the lessons of legalization in other states, especially for preventing youth from ingesting this drug, whether accidental or for recreational use.

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)

If passed, the poorest school districts in Maine wouldnt benefit, and the richest districts would continue to grow. What message does it send to job creators in Maine to tax them higher than they would be in any other state? We should be focused on the current funding formula to reform public education, instead of this massive new tax proposal.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

You shouldnt need to be subjected to paperwork and fees if you let a friend or family member borrow a firearm. I was a proud cosponsor of LD 652, the Constitutional Carry Bill, because I pledged to my constituents two years ago that Maine is an example of a state with a high rate of gun ownership, and a low rate of gun violence. As a State Representative, I support policies that will keep things this way, without burdensome hassles.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Make no mistake on this one: mandating the minimum wage would devastate local businesses throughout the entire state, especially in the hospitality, tourism and manufacturing industries. We can grow Maines economy by making it easier for employers to increase jobs, not decrease them.

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)

Imagine how much more elections would cost if the state of Maine mandated this unconstitutional experiment. Elections are expensive enough as it is, and making up a new way of counting votes, where the loosing candidates supporters get to vote twice, isnt consistent with our one person, one vote system of electing our leaders.

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 believe that enforcement has to be a major part of the focus, which is why I supported legislative efforts to fund 10 new Drug Enforcement Agency agents last year. That said, treatment options should be judged on the merits and the efficacy of the program, and I look forward to working on a bipartisan basis moving forward to solve what is Maines most widespread and urgent crisis.

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?

I believe that constitutional officers should continue to selected by the legislature.

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

No if everyday people don't get a raise, than Legislators shouldn't get a raise. We are part time, citizen legislators for a reason, so that we have real jobs outside of the State House. Our representative from of government was set up this way for a reason, and I have no concern with the number of Representatives and Senators.

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

I feel that this issue should be handled on a case by case basis. We should be held to a high standard as elected officials. Leading by example is important to me, along with many of my colleagues in Augusta.

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

I do, and look forward to this debate on the House floor should I be elected for a second term.

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

No.

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

High taxes and energy costs have forced mills from closing and will continue to be a problem if we dont get serious about reforming our business climate. We can provide emir tax incentives for growing jobs and keeping things made in Maine, No idea is a bad idea when it comes to growing jobs and protecting the ones we have.

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?

In light of a growing population of elderly Mainers, we should be committed to growing services for seniors, especially in rural Maine.

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

We have to keep the focus on encouraging more job growth for rural Maine. This is why I supported $13,500,000 for Maines Pulp and Paper Industry to make sure that our pulp trucks keep rolling and our mills stay open. We can do so much more to support small businesses.