Gary E. Capehart

Gary E. Capehart

Gary E. Capehart

Republican candidate for Maine House District 125 from Bangor

Running against Victoria P. Kornfield and Michael P. Turcotte. View your ballot →

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

Maine has limited revenue sources. Downtrodden Maine residents need help. Any cash benefits must exclude alcohol, cigarettes, and junk food etc. which can be done with store scanners. Cash too must be accountable to prevent unlawful purchases of uncontrollable substances. Veterans should be able to attend Maine colleges and vocational centers free or at greatly reduced costs. The elderly ought to be able to audit college or technology courses at reduced fees to provide meaningful thought processing for all of us.

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

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

No

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Recreational marijuana in many cases is an entry drug with terrible and deadly results. We must recognize too that other drugs like a first beer can be the first step to alcoholism. All drugs are potentially killers.

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

No

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Candidate did not answer this question.

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

No

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Can small businesses afford to do so? Yet the Fair Labor Act exempts amusement/recreational workers in the summer, wreath makers in the fall, and lobster fishers from winter to summer. Many other demanding occupations are exempted too. So what do seasonal workers really earn? We must be smart!

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

No

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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?

Crime related to substance abuse is deadly, destroys families, and harms Bangor which carries the heaviest burden of any community in Maine. We must attack the source of drug trafficking. We can't control heroin, bath salts, cocaine, street marijuana, etc. We can't stop all citizens from making stupid decisions when a product for thrills is sold. We must do a better job intercepting the traffickers. They purposely bring their poisons here where people are injured or killed. On the other hand those addicted and without effective local treatment centers injure Maine. Methadone and Suboxone can be effective. It is difficult. Such a burden ought to be shared by all Maine communities for drug addiction is a statewide problem. To better care for their local addicted residents, treatments should take place locally so entire days are not wasted traveling to Bangor at the people's expense. If treated near their homes without so much wasted time they have a much greater chance at gainful employment.

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?

They should be elected. We need to negate the harmful effects of partisan officers wasting the monies of Maine. We the people are the financial resources of Maine and expect an economy of expenditures.

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

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

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

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

How busy is Hollywood Casino in Bangor? Does it provide the financial relief to Bangor that was expected? I'm opposed to limiting environmentally responsible businesses. Hopefully the laws of supply and demand would prevail and we would compete and sustain businesses throughout Maine. Casinos are not a sure thing. But if most of our population is in the Portland area, would the late arrivals in southern Maine at Oxford Hills and possibly Scarborough Downs endanger viability in Bangor?

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

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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?

From Bangor I have a son in Seattle, a daughter in Indianapolis, another in Portland. All have said they would work in Bangor if we had good jobs. With lower taxes, prices, better transportation, safety, and education we would attract businesses, and with that, jobs and opportunity for the people of Maine. People would then stay and move to Maine. General Electric in Bangor is here because of our resources and their profitability. We can excel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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