John M. Glowa Sr.

John M. Glowa Sr.

John M. Glowa Sr.

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 79 from China

Running against Timothy S. Theriault. View your ballot →

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

Maine government is broken. We need to make available more and better social services to our residents, e.g.greater help for the mentally ill, poor, elderly, etc. At the same time, we need to do a far better job of ensuring that those monies are being properly spent. Our system of checks and balances between the branches of government is practically nonexistent. This is a major structural change that must occur.

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

I believe Maine's entire tax structure, just like Maine's entire list of rules and statutes and all programs in the executive branch need to re-examined. Maine government is broken. Once our tax structure is re-examined, it should be fixed. I do not believe in raising taxes unless and until government gets its act together first and insures that those tax dollars are being spent as efficiently and effectively as possible. Generally speaking, I support higher income taxes for those who can best afford them.

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

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?

No. Both action should proceed on parallel tracks.

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 do not believe the present system of selecting constitutional officers is broken and I see no reason to change it. I would not want to turn it into a popularity contest. Most voters would have little or no knowledge of the candidates so I seen no benefit in implementing a statewide popular vote.

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

Maine government is broken. Far too many legislators are enlisted to run for office and are in office simply to vote the party line. We have far too few leaders in the legislature, far too many legislators with little or no state government experience, and far too little political courage. We need to raise the bar for electing legislators. One way to do this would be to decrease the number of House districts by one third. This would increase competition, cut down on the number of candidates to be enlisted, and hopefully, raise the quality of our legislators. We need to eliminate the law that bars state employees from running for the legislature. They are the ones who know best what is broken in state government, but they are muzzled. We need to reconsider our citizen legislature and consider paying legislators a wage that is commensurate with the work involved. We need more young people, working people, active and energetic people with new, fresh ideas in the Maine legislature.

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

Maine government is broken. Historically Maine legislators lack the political courage to make tough, controversial decisions and send those to the voters. Maine needs a law to allow citizens to vote to recall elected officials. This is obvious. Maine's bar for taking action against an elected official, such as a governor, is too high and too subject to political whims. The answer to your question is yes. I would support more than sanctions. Depending on the severity and extent of these actions, I would support impeachment or recall.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

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?

The biggest barrier to economic development in Maine is our broken government. Maine government can clean up its act by making government both efficient and effective. Maine government needs to go back to square one and audit all of its statutes and programs to see if they are functioning appropriately. Maine government needs to have a functioning system of checks and balances. Maine needs to invest more in education. Maine needs a program(s) to fight intergenerational poverty and low aspirations. Maine needs to develop a workforce that is attractive to employers and that fulfills the needs of the 21st century. Maine needs to support Mainers who want to start businesses. Maine needs to encourage and support entrepreneurism. Maine needs to teach individuals how to start up and run new businesses. Small business is THE backbone of Maine's economy. The Maine legislature needs to stop focusing and fighting over the small stuff and start looking at the big picture. We need change and we need it now.

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?

Mane government needs to provide the best and most affordable education possible for our people. We need to keep our best and brightest here in Maine by teaching and encouraging entrepreneurism. We need to provide financial incentives for Mainers who want to start a business-but we need to be sure that we get what we pay for. We need to fight intergenerational poverty with a program of mentoring-both for young people and their families. We will never stop young people from moving from Maine, but we can create socioeconomic conditions that make it more desirable to stay.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.