2014-10-31 / Community

Election 2014

House District 8

House District 8 is comprised of parts of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Absentee ballots are available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at both town halls until Thursday, Oct. 30. See additional hours on the town websites. Kennebunk town hall will be open for voters Nov. 4 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Kennebunkport the hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.kennebunkmaine.us and www.kennebunkportme.gov.

Name: Christopher W. Babbidge, Democrat

Age: 65

Occupation: Teacher in Kennebunk for 31 years, retired; eight years in Greenville, 17 summers at Bates College (trolley driver/guide)

Family: Wife, Linda, dental hygienist in town, married 41 years. Three grown daughters, all who went K-12 through Kennebunk schools. Five grandchildren, ages 4 to 7.

Prior political experience: Maine Legislature, House of Representatives, 2004-2008 Kennebunk Charter Commission

Volunteer/community involvement: Kennebunk Comprehensive Plan Committee; State Advisory Committee; State YMCA Youth in Government; Volunteer advisor to KHS student leadership activities for 30 years (Political Affairs Club, Model Legislature, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Model Congress, Citizen Bee, Interact, et. al); Coach for tennis and basketball, volunteer for my children’s softball and basketball teams

Why are you seeking elected office?

I stand for controlled spending, good jobs, protection of seniors, a clean environment, quality education, affordable energy and fairness for the little guy. We must pay attention to the needs of our seniors. We need to keep costs down so that Mainers with limited incomes can keep their homes. But we should invest in job creation that will keep our young people in the state. And we need quality education to prepare Mainers for a 21st-century workforce.

Why me? I’m prepared, I have done it before, and Augusta today needs a change. 1. I’m well-prepared: I’ve spent a lifetime as a teacher of leadership, history, and government. I am a native Mainer and Kennebunk teacher who has lived in town for 33 years. 2. I have a proven record. I served four years in the state Legislature representing the taxpayers, families, small businesses and town officials of Kennebunk. Recently a Portland city councilor said to me, “You were only there four years? You certainly left a big mark.” I have a record of accomplishment. I worked hard and late, was there when it counted, and spoke up when it was needed. Finally, 3. Augusta can and should do better. My approach to leadership is to develop a relationship, earn trust, and engage in an honest exchange of civil discourse looking for ways to agree for the public good. I was an effective advocate before, and I would be honored to be entrusted to serve Kennebunk again.

Name: Edward Karytko, Republican

Occupation: I spent most of my working career in the printing industry in the areas of pre-press, quality control and management. I am presently retired.

Family: Married 44 years to my wife, Susan. We have four grown children, all graduates of KHS, and six grandchildren.

Volunteer/community involvement: A communicant of Holy Spirit Parish; a member of St. Martha’s Knights of Columbus; a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America; Kennebunk VFW; Kennebunk American Legion; Kennebunk Republican Town Committee; volunteer for the West Kennebunk Family Fun Day and other West Kennebunk Village events; attendee and participant at countless selectmen and school board meetings; former school board member.

Why are you seeking elected office?

First of all, let me say that I do not take running for the office of state representative to the Maine State Legislature lightly. The office carries with it a responsibility not only to serve my neighbors here in District 8 Kennebunk, but all of Maine’s citizens. The key word is serve. I seek office because I truly want to use my talents and abilities to serve my constituents and help make Maine a better place to live.

How would I do this in Augusta? I would support legislation that would maintain sound fiscal policies, eliminate wasteful spending, and offer common-sense ideas and solutions for the protection of our most vulnerable citizens and the rest of our great state. I can work with all members of the Legislature who seek to solve the problems that confront us. I am ready to ask tough questions, and am not afraid to express my ideas and voice my opinions. I can and will be an effective representative for District 8 and for the people of Maine.

Top three issues (in order of priority):

1. Creating and maintaining sound fiscal policies

2. Protecting our most vulnerable citizens

3. Strengthening our educational system.

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