Maine House District 54

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Name:

Daniel Stromgren

Email address

danfortopsham@gmail.com

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Party affiliation

Green independent

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

54

Occupation or primary source of income

Clinical social worker

Community organizations

Maine Green independent party treasurer and steering committee member

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

I enjoy spending time with my family fly-fishing and swimming in Maine’s many freestone rivers. Hiking Maine’s scenic trails and visiting its variety of land trusts. I am an avid baseball fan and sports memorabilia collector. I am actively involved in many local community affinity projects.

Family status

Married with a 3 1/2-year-old son.

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Health and Human Services; Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Energy, Utilities and Technology.

Would you support expanding the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare? Why or why not?

I support expanding the state’s Medicaid program as I believe that health is a human right. I also believe in limiting administrative costs and promoting efficient, cost-effective service provision by qualified clinicians. I also believe this funding would stimulate the health care economy and create a healthy workforce for Maine.

Should Maine follow the city of Portland’s lead and legalize the possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21? Why or why not?

I support Maine’s current laws regarding the medical use of marijuana. I believe that the issue of marijuana legalization is a local issue best left to the individual municipalities. If a statewide bill was presented I would poll Topsham voters and honor direct representation, voting their mandate.

Should the state of Maine continue to provide incentives for businesses and homeowners to convert or diversify energy sources to those considered renewable, like solar, wind and geothermal?

I have strongly advocated for energy reform and upgrading Maine’s energy grid to a carbon-neutral, modern and sustainable infrastructure that can support a 21st century economy while preserving the natural character of Maine. I believe a modernized energy grid will produce enough power to subsidize energy for Maine residents.

Maine’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour. As a state lawmaker would you support increasing that minimum wage? If so, what should Maine’s minimum wage be?

I support Maine workers and advocate an increase in the minimum wage to $12 an hour, attaching it to cost of living increases. I support $12 as a five-year goal with incremental increases and tax breaks for Maine businesses and companies employing 100 employees or less.

What issue is the most important to voters in your legislative district?

Door-to-door, voters have expressed concern over preserving Maine’s heritage and traditions while supporting a sustainable economy that fits Maine’s character. People are asking for sensible development and additional support for small businesses. They want a balanced budget and an end to the partisan gridlock in Augusta.

What about you makes you the man or woman for the job?

As a father raising a young family and a clinical social worker, I am keenly tuned into the challenges facing Maine families and workers as well as the elderly and other vulnerable populations. I support cutting administrative costs and creating an efficient and streamlined government that supports the Maine people.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

I support balancing Maine’s outdoor heritage while building a sustainable 21st century economy. https://danfortopsham.nationbuilder.com.

Name:

Denise Tepler

Email address

deniseforstaterep@gmail.com

Party affiliation

Democrat

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

54

Occupation or primary source of income

Teacher/writer

Community organizations

Present: Big Brothers/Big Sisters; United Way; Brunswick Foodshed Advisory Committee. Past: Topsham Finance Committee (2008-2014); Spectrum Generations Board (2009-2013); Emerge Maine Board (2008-2014, president, 2012-2014); Topsham Heating Assistance Fund; SAD 75 School Board (1996-2002); Interfaith Maine Board member (2002-2008)

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

I enjoy cooking and am a strong advocate for local farms and foods.

Family status

Married to Sheldon Tepler

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Education and Cultural Affairs; Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development; State and Local Government.

Would you support expanding the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare? Why or why not?

Yes. I believe not expanding the Medicaid program may be penny-wise but is pound foolish. People not currently covered are using the most expensive care — hospital emergency rooms — and we all pay through increased hospital costs. Providing people with health care coverage is also the right thing to do.

Should Maine follow the city of Portland’s lead and legalize the possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over the age of 21? Why or why not?

I am undecided. Law enforcement has serious concerns and these need to be addressed. But the ability to control the trade and the tax benefits are positives.

Should the state of Maine continue to provide incentives for businesses and homeowners to convert or diversify energy sources to those considered renewable, like solar, wind and geothermal?

Yes. We have the oldest housing stock in the nation and some of the highest fuel needs. If we can not only conserve but move households toward more diverse energy sources, we are moving toward independence from foreign oil and preserving our planet for our children’s children.

Maine’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour. As a state lawmaker would you support increasing that minimum wage? If so, what should Maine’s minimum wage be?

Yes, Maine must gradually move toward a living wage. Hard-working families should not be living in poverty or dependent on state aid to get by.

What issue is the most important to voters in your legislative district?

Jobs and the economy.

What about you makes you the man or woman for the job?

I have experience in public service and budgeting — having read Topsham’s budget line-by-line for 6 years looking to ferret out waste and inefficiency. I have worked with a diverse group of citizens to get things done for our community. I am practical and a good communicator.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

Republican candidate Kim Talbot of Topsham did not respond to the Sun Journal’s questionnaire.

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