Victoria P. Kornfield

Victoria P. Kornfield

Victoria P. Kornfield

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 125 from Bangor

Running against Gary E. Capehart and Michael P. Turcotte. View your ballot →

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

No, Maine is not too generous with its benefits. The issue is not one of generosity, but rather accountability. Are the people in most need getting the aid they need to help them through periods of transition so they can get back to a productive life?

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

No, the burden of a sales tax is greater on poor people than it is on rich people because it is a greater percentage of their income, whereas, income tax slides with income.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Having been a teacher all of my life, I am not comfortable legalizing marijuana. I think that it sends the wrong message to kids.

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)

It will get us to the 55% education funding that was voted for in 2004 by the citizens of the state.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

It will close a loophole that is consistent with responsible gun ownership.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

A working person should not find themselves in poverty. Working people should make a living wage.

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. There should be a balance between law enforcement effort against people who traffic in drugs and substance abuse treatment for addicts.

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 continue to be elected by the Legislature. It makes the constitutional officers responsive to our constituents' needs. There should not be political money involved in these races.

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

The size is appropriate. If it were made smaller, the northern Maine districts would be so large that rural legislators would have a hard time driving around their districts to keep in touch with constituents.

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

Yes, it is important to hold people responsible for their words and actions.

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?

Economic development depends on an educated workforce, a good transportation system and fast broadband throughout the state.

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?

Candidate did not answer this question.

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

Childhood hunger is a pressing need in Maine. Nearly half of all Maine's Public School students live in food insecure homes. Childhood poverty is directly tied to lower academic success.