Roger Jason Fuller

Roger Jason Fuller

Roger Jason Fuller

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 59 from Lewiston

Running against Elliot R. Chicoine. View your ballot →

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

This is an awkward question. We are not too generous in providing social services to a public which is in need. Can we begin to examine our poverty rates as an indicator? Perhaps we need better management of how we provide social services.

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

As a new legislator, I want to be able to study the situation before rendering an opinion. The situation is complex, and we can not think that a decrease in one tax will somehow remedy a problem in another tax.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

The state needs a system of social priorities. When we face such problems in poverty, employment, and education, we should not be attempting to make changes in substance consumption - especially when we don't have the data on the effects of this legislation.

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)

While the state is working to meet the 55% burden of educational funding, we have not met that burden yet, and young people are the ones who ultimately pay the price for our short sightedness.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No one can abridge the right of Mainers to own guns. No one. Yet, we need to be sure that guns are owned and used properly and with responsibility. There are provisions of this referendum which may need adjustment.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

This process helps to address poverty in the state of Maine. It is a stepped increase over time, and provides for a kind of adjustment period during the process.

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)

Ranked choice voting should ensure that a candidate is elected with a majority of the votes cast.

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?

There is no simple answer to this question. The state has done a good job in its efforts to address opiate addiction; however, there is much more we need to do.

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?

These offices should continue to be elected by the legislature.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

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

Everyone makes mistakes. But when there is a pattern of racist, offensive, or prejudicial comments, it would seem that the party would be the first to address the issue. Difficult conversations are only the ones we are afraid to have.

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

I believe in the importance of unions and associations to represent Maine workers best.

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

As a new legislator, I need more information.

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

There is not a single answer to this question. There are a variety of answers.

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?

As a state, we have welcomed new residents before, even establishing New Sweden as a special colony for people from Sweden. Our own history is one of immigration, settlement, and integration. If we are to live in a pluralistic society, we need to learn the best ways to accommodate new residents.

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

Maine is the closest state in the union to all Maritime and European markets. Instead of being viewed as a northeast wilderness, we should think of ourselves as a hub and gateway to Canada and Europe. Increased infrastructure development in terms of rail, merchant marine and tele-communications will help address economic and employment issues.