2012-10-26 / Community

Election 2012

Incumbent Rep. Paul Bennett (RKennebunk) will square off against Edward Legg (D-Kennebunk) in Maine House District 141.House District 141 includes a portion of Kennebunk. Their responses to a candidate survey appear here in alphabetical order.

House District 141

Paul Edward Bennett

Age: 48

Position seeking: House of Representatives. I am looking to become a sophomore legislator having never held any public office or club designation. Business owner for nearly 25 years.

Address: 6 Woodside Drive, Kennebunk, ME 04043

Phone: 985- 6269

Occupation: Current owner of Bennett’s Store Kennebunk, 19 years; tax advisor at H&R Block, one year; soccer coach, Middle School of the Kennebunks seventh-grade girls, three years; and accounting temp for various firms, 1995 to 2000.

Marital status: wife, Julie.

Children/family: three daughters: Allie, 10, Kimberly, 8, and Payton, 4.

Highest level of education completed: bachelors degree.

Name and location of school or university last attended: Bentley University, Waltham, Mass., accounting.

Organizations and activities: soccer coach, Middle School of the Kennebunks, seventh grade girls, 2007-2009; Accounting temp for various firms, 1995- 2000.

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. We have to focus on preventing companies from closing and concentrating on the companies that currently do business here and want to start other ventures here.

2. I would get rid of the corporate tax and capital gains tax in this state for up to 10 years. This would aggressively entertain out of state money to come here.

3. We have to listen even further to the complaints from industries such as aviation that added jobs immediately when we eliminated the sales tax on aircraft parts. We have to play offense in addition to giving cities and towns marching orders to shape up or ship out with the governor’s program of business friendly designations.

Why are you seeking elected office?

I am running for public office because in order to continue living here the business climate has to change radically. So I needed to participate in order to do so instead of sitting back and watching. We need to get the business ideas and tinkering out of the basements, garages and off of the desks and put them on a fast track. That includes setting up incubators all over the state much like MIT has done. Get companies to sponsor them and take advantage of all of the Fortune 500 retirees living here, albeit seasonally because of taxation. On that note, we need to stem the outflow of our young and middle age population drain. These are the risk takers. We can’t afford to have our future business creators leaving the state. That’s nearly 9,000 in York County alone in 10 years according to the Census (25- to 44-year-olds). All of these ideas will add jobs, but we have a tremendous amount of headwinds. Keep the Republican majority in place or we will revert to poorer odds to achieve ultimate job creation.

Edward P. Legg

Age: 70

Position seeking: Maine House of Representatives District 141 (most of Kennebunk)

Address: 28 River’s Edge Drive (P.O. Box 519), Kennebunk, ME 04043

Phone: 967-8543

Website: www.edlegg.com.

Occupation: retired vice president, University of New England

Marital status: wife, Ann Legg, married 47 years.

Children/family: four grown children, seven grandchildren

Highest level of education completed: J.D. (law degree)

Name and location of school or university last attended: University of Texas School of Law; undergraduate degree, Harvard.

Organizations and activities: Current, Advisory Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, University of New England; and pro bono consultant to a number of nonprofits in southern Maine. Past local boards and positions,

University of New England Board of Trustees; Kennebunk Land Trust Board of Directors; president, Kennebunk High School Athletic Boosters; head coach, wrestling, Kennebunk High School; and corporator, Webber Hospital Association (Southern Maine Medical Center).

Top three issues: (in order of priority) 1. Stimulate economy and improve

Maine’s infrastructure through bonds, especially research and development, transportation and Land for Maine’s Future. I am endorsed by The League of Conservation Voters. 2. Bring bipartisan governing atmosphere back to Augusta to counteract the current gridlock and the attitude of political party first. 3. Develop education systems to prepare our workforce for modern day, current and future jobs. I am endorsed by the Maine Education Association.

Why are you seeking elected office?

When I was vice president at UNE, I led the fundraising and lobbying efforts which produced over a decade of remarkable growth and hundreds of steady jobs in southern Maine. I was an active leader in passing bonds that created Maine’s first school of pharmacy and northern New England’s first dental school. During Rep. Paul Bennett’s term in the Legislature, he sat passively on the sidelines and did not personally initiate any significant legislation. In my first term in the Legislature, I was the lead sponsor of six bills and helped shepherd them through the Legislature to be enacted as new laws in Maine, including important steps forward in fighting Lyme disease and in creating a funding structure for new, accurate flood plain maps. As an active member of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee, I worked closely with other lead sponsors on bills I co-sponsored. OneMaine is a nonpartisan political movement that includes people from all political parties and many independents. In endorsing my candidacy, OneMaine wrote, “You demonstrated your dedication to working across the aisle to find solutions to Maine’s greatest problems. We thank you for that dedication.” I pledge to continue that bipartisan leadership on the issues that impact Kennebunk and Maine.

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