Maureen Fitzgerald Terry

Maureen Fitzgerald Terry

Maureen Fitzgerald Terry

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 26 from Gorham

Running against Matthew L. Mattingly. View your ballot →

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

No. support for basic needs such a food and shelter and perhaps some job training, should be increased for those who need it

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

Not at this time. I worry about what goods and services should be and would be taxed.

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

Yes

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?

both should be equally prioritized.

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?

The legislature represents the people of Maine and they are likely to best know the officers, so I see no harm in the legislature electing officials.

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

With the diverse nature of the state and it's size, I feel the size of the legislature is appropriate. Also, with smaller districts, the legislators can really know what their constituents want. It also makes the campaign process a manageable thing for a regular citizen to seek office.

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

Comments are a persons constitutional right. Actions are not. I would not sanction an elected official for comments that were offensive, however, I would sanction an official that threats to harm.

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?

yes, as long as they contribute to Maine revenue and keep up with gambling addiction prevention education.

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

Not enough diversity in industry. We can find ways of attracting businesses that do no harm to our environment and want the quality of life the state of Maine can provide for the families their employees.

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?

Mainers are warm, caring people who would give the shirts off their backs to help their neighbors. Welcoming immigrants from war torn countries seems like the right thing to do for those in need. Financially, I think we would need the help of the federal government to make sure the new folks can get the resources they need to settle in. Once settled, they should pay taxes like everyone else, educate their children, like everyone else and contribute to their new communities, like everyone else.

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

I'd like to see more work done on making sure children in Maine never go hungry. It is so important to their own self worth, learning and growing.