Maine House District 58

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Name:

Luke Jensen

Email address

lukedjensen@yahoo.com

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Party affiliation

Republican

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

58

Occupation or primary source of income

Customer service representative

Community organizations

Lewiston Youth Advisory Council, chair (2007-2009)

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

A Lewiston native, I was raised in the McMahon School area. I absolutely love the outdoors, and Maine is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Thorncrag is a gem here in Lewiston and one of my favorite places on Earth. I regularly attend City Council and School Committee meetings.

Family status

Single

Years in Legislature

0

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Health and Human Services.

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

We don’t have the long-term funding to do so. There are currently people who need help but have to wait. Let’s first help those who truly need assistance. We must create policy that leads to job growth so healthy individuals can afford to cover their own health insurance costs.

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?

Individuals will purchase and consume marijuana regardless of its legal status. The money currently goes to criminals who sell it. Although we can’t control purchase and consumption, we could both control where the money goes (taxes on sales could go to our struggling schools) and regulate who can purchase it.

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?

The state of Maine should provide these incentives so long as it is done in an efficient manner and the costs of such a program are feasible for the taxpayers of this state. The tax burden on Mainers is a huge concern for me.

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?

Raising the minimum wage would cause the price of goods and services to increase. This would hurt seniors on a fixed income, who would suddenly have to pay more for everything, and hurt young workers who are either let go or replaced by machines. Raise it naturally through economic development.

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

The voters in my district have made it very clear to me that they want to see substantive welfare reform take place during the next legislative session. Achieving welfare reform and crafting policy that creates jobs here in Lewiston will be my top priorities come Nov. 5.

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

My youth. Young people are often under-represented in the Legislature, and lack of involvement by young people in the policy process has led to policy that pushes many young people to leave the state for better job opportunities. I firmly believe we need more young people involved in state government.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

Born and raised in Lewiston, proud Franco heritage, B.A. International Relations, fiscal conservative, social moderate #LukeForLewiston

Name:

Michel Lajoie

Email address

lajoie1@midmaine.com

Party affiliation

Democrat

Legislative chamber

Maine House

Legislative district

58

Occupation or primary source of income

State legislator

Community organizations

Member Knights of Columbus Council 10019, and member Franco American War Veterans Post 31

Personal information (hobbies, activities etc.)

Fishing, hunting, working on older cars and landscaping.

Family status

Married

Years in Legislature

6

Are you a Clean Election candidate?

Yes

Committee assignments you want

Criminal Justice andPublic Safety; Government Oversight.

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

Yes. I would support expanding these programs; Medicaid is health care for low-income individuals who have no other place to turn except for MaineCare. Also, 70 percent of Medicaid enrollees are either children, seniors or individuals with disabilities and the payments go directly to hospitals and health care providers.

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?

This should not be a legislative issue. I believe the legalization of limited amounts of marijuana should go through a referendum and have our citizens decide at the polls which direction to choose on this issue. Personally I don’t support Portland’s actions.

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 believe the state of Maine should continue to provide incentives for businesses and homeowners to convert or diversify energy sources to those considered renewable, like solar, wind and geothermal. However, we must find a funding structure that is beneficial to our citizens and our state to sustain these programs.

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 would support raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour. We need an adequate hourly wage to keep our younger generation and our current workforce in Maine. However, as a former small business owner I also see this cost being passed on to the consumers.

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

There are a few issues. The ones that stand out are the reductions that have taken place in the city’s infrastructure due to reductions in state programs, such as the Circuit Breaker Program and the Revenue Sharing Program to name a couple. Seniors citizens are worried about their future.

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

I have over 30 years of experience in public safety and I am a former small business owner. I also have six years experience as a state legislator. I believe I have served the citizens of my district, the city and the state well and I have enjoyed my work.

Describe yourself in a “Tweet”

Hrdwrking, inspiring, dedicated, loyal, smrt, nt tech savvy. #notatweeter

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