Pamela J. Smith

Pamela J. Smith

Pamela J. Smith

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 23 from Standish

Running against Lester S. Ordway. View your ballot →

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

No. Benefits should remain the same.

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

No. income tax is more fair because it is a progressive tax.

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?

No

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?

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?

No.

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?

Yes.

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

Yes and yes.

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

It would depend on what sanction is being proposed.

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?

No.

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

Lack of available and appropriate job training for tech jobs

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?

Explore ways to keep young people in Maine. More employment opportunities. More student debt relief.

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

Lack of job opportunities in Maine.