Peter Doak

Peter Doak

Peter Doak

Republican candidate for Maine House District 138 from Columbia Falls

Running against Robert W. Alley Sr.. View your ballot →

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

We must take care of the most vulnerable and needy and, at the same time, prioritize services and continue welfare reform.

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

Most are in favor of lowering the income tax, but it must be done carefully to insure taxes, such as property taxes, are not increased to make up the difference.

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?

No

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?

Maine should increase its efforts to intercept drug smuggling in the state and, at the same time, provide adequate substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation.

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?

They should be elected by the people.

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

The Maine Legislature should be downsized and the current pay should be increased to attract quality candidates.

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

It depends on the circumstances and comments made.

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

Yes.

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

Yes.

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

Taxes, regulations and energy are the biggest barriers. The Legislature must address this issue on a nonpartisan basis.

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?

Providing economic opportunity would reverse this trend. Our young people are leaving the state to go where the jobs are. Until we have a thriving economy, with more employment opportunities, job training, and tax reform this will continue.

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

Quality education.