Age (on Election Day): 66

Party affiliation: Republican

Occupation: Retired law enforcement

Community organizations:

River Valley Healthy Coalition board member; deacon and Bible school superintendent, Cornerstone Baptist Church

Hobbies, activities etc.:

Hunting and fishing with wife, son and grandchildren; walks with my wife; golf; bowling

Family status: Married

Years in Legislature: 2

Clean Election candidate? Yes

Committee assignments wanted:

State and Local Government; Criminal Justice and Public Safety; Veterans and Legal Affairs

What is the most pressing problem in your district and what do you plan to do about it?

Economic development and jobs. I will continue to work with all agencies, the Legislature and governor to find and import good-paying jobs for our residents. I will also help provide every opportunity for our people to get the training they need for today’s economy.

Gov. Paul LePage wants to eliminate the state income tax. Do you support that? If not, why not?

I do support the elimination of the income tax, however, it must be achieved on a timetable which supports such elimination. That means less spending, not just a simple transfer of the income tax to another form of taxation which would be catastrophic for middle and low income folks.

Are you willing to support raising the fuel tax to fix Maine roads? If not, why not?

No. We have raised fuel taxes in the past and used the dedicated revenue on other pet projects. When we collectively decide to fix our roads and bridges, which we really need to do soon, we must first identify and and eliminate expenses from other areas. No new taxes!

The relationship between the governor and the Legislature has deteriorated over the past six years. What can the Legislature do to improve that relationship?

The Legislature serves the people of Maine best by acting like responsible adults, and not reacting to negative initiatives from anywhere. We are elected to govern the people of our state in a responsible way. All ideas, deserve consideration and respect. Members of the Legislature should govern their actions accordingly.

What methods do you support to reduce opiate addiction in Maine?

Unfortunately, there is no simple solution to the opiate problem. It must be approached simultaneously on several fronts. Law enforcement, schools, families and treatment all play crucial roles. It is essential that we stop the flow of drugs into our state, and that treatment be provided now to all addicted.

How are you voting on the referendum questions?

Question 1: No
Question 2: No
Question 3: No
Question 4: No
Question 5: No


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