John Andrew Wombacher

John Andrew Wombacher

John Andrew Wombacher

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 130 from Bucksport

Running against Richard H. Campbell. View your ballot →

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

No. I want to make sure mental health issues are being addresses adequately for all ages. Seniors need to access to affordable housing.

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

No. Raising the sales tax increases the burden on working families.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Legalization will increase jobs and tax revenue while freeing up law enforcement to concentrate on more serious crime. Towns will have the right to prohibit marijuana businesses.

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)

Maine's future is tied to providing quality education. The state needs to cover the 55% funding obligation. Property taxes are feeling the pressure due to the state not funding the schools adequately.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I stand with the Maine Chiefs of Police Association and support sensible regulation.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

If the public wants to see fewer people on state assistance you need to pay them a living wage.

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)

I would like to see our officials elected by a majority rather than a plurality of the vote. The level of civility in elections might increase due to having to appeal to a broader base.

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?

No I believe we can have aggressive enforcement and provide treatment to our citizens.

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 am not opposed to electing the officers but the state constitution would need to be amended and I'm concerned we would be further politicizing the offices.

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

I see it as appropriate given the size of the state. Better pay would attract a more diverse legislature.

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

yes

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 don't favor further casino development.

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

The falling numbers of young people in the state are hurting our development. Having a innovative and creative group of entrepreneurs establishing roots in the communities is needed. The legislature needs to develop incentives to attract a new generation to remain in the state and encourage immigration as well.

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?

Immigration will be part of the solution as a result of making the state a more appealing choice to further careers and raise families. Maine's natural beauty is its greatest asset but it also needs to be identified as a region for research and development.

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

The state needs to fund infrastructure needs on our roads and bridges.