Jeffrey A. Christenbury

Jeffrey A. Christenbury

Jeffrey A. Christenbury

Republican candidate for Maine House District 14 from Saco

Running against Donna A. Bailey and Jacob C. Johnston. View your ballot →

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

Maine is extremely generous with social services. If Mainers continue to want to offer these services, we all need to understand that many of the problems Maine has economically will continue. Others from out of state will seek moving to Maine to specifically enjoy our generous social services with no interest in contributing to our society. It's important for our state government to continuously study how beneficial our social services are to our citizens and find ways to de-incentivize people making life choices that keep them on social services for longer than they need it.

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

I'd rather pay a higher sales tax rate than income tax. Sales tax allows people more choice and freedom on how much of our money flows to state government. With income tax, there is no choice. However, it's important that whether we focus on the income tax or sales tax as the driving force of the state revenue, we continually study how much money our state government actually needs

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?

Yes

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?

Before talking about the end-result solution, the problem being increased drug overdoses in Maine, I'd like to talk about the underlying problem. Why are heroin and opioids so easily available and causing so many overdoses? Is it simply cheaper and more available than before or is it more about the growing hopelessness and mental health issues of people who get hooked on them? I'm more interested in that conversation.

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 see no reason why it should not be an elected position by statewide popular vote

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

100% no and yes. The size of the Maine Legislature is completely ridiculous for a state of our population. I support a unicameral body of around 100 elected officials. That way, you can increase the pay to around $25,000 per year and still save money on salaries. A higher, reasonable salary for the amount of work as a legislator would open the doors to many, many other Maine citizens to run for office. We should make elected office something our best and brightest are able to serve, in the best interest of Maine. Currently, only citizens with certain family and financial situations are able to run.

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

No. That's what elections are for.

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

Yes. Unions can serve a purpose in some work environments but should not be mandatory to gain employment.

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

I would support a ballot question. Let the people decide if another casino is in the best interest of the state.

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

Regulation and more incentives. Make it simple for businesses to move to Maine and employ our citizens.

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?

Continue to create vibrant areas that attract young people. Study other states of our size and see what kind of business and recreation environment they have created. The beaches are nice but Maine needs more year-round attractiveness to younger people to have them move here, not just visit.

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

School consolidation (the RSU law) was a disaster in some communities, including my own. Maine needs to re-examine how to best consolidate schools to save money but also benefit all communities involved.