2014-10-31 / Community

House District 9

Maine House of Representatives District 9 is comprised of part of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Biddeford. The candidates are listed below in alphabetical order. Absentee ballots are available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kennebunk’s town hall until Thursday, Oct. 30. Find additional hours on the town’s website. Absentee ballots can also be requested online, or by calling the town clerk’s office at 985-2101, ext. 1301. Town hall will be open for voters Nov. 4 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.kennebunkmaine.us for more information. Kennebunkport Town Hall will be open for voters Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots can be procured through Oct. 30 by calling the town clerk’s office at 967-1610.

Name: Diane M. Denk, Democrat

Age: 64

Occupation: Regional School Unit 21 teacher/tutor; previously vice president of large Chicago brokerage firm.

Family: Husband Roger Hansen; sons Blake, Mark and Doug; daughtersin law Anne, Ralinda and Tanya; grandchildren Jake (10), Grace (6), Avery (4), and Lauren (11/2)

Prior political experience: Five years as public member of the Maine Board of Dental Examiners; elected presidential elector in 2012; past chair York County Democrats; past chair Kennebunk- Kennebunkport Democrats; current Secretary, Portland NAACP; past chair Maine Democratic Party Committee on Outreach and Community Service

Volunteer/community involvement: Hospice and senior volunteer; York County Shelter Program homeless shelter/ food pantry volunteer; organizer of drives for active military and homeless veterans; ad-hoc volunteer with events/activities for Kennebunk May Day, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, Kennebunkport Historical Society; former chair of St. Elizabeth’s Homeless Shelter (for women and children) in Chicago

Why you are you seeking elected office?

I am running for office because I believe in Maine and know that its best days are ahead and that we can become a vibrant, thriving state again. I want to work to help families who struggle without assigning blame or criticism. I have 25 years in business and know that job creation allows families to live productive, independent lives. Supporting small businesses and providing incentives for start-ups can grow our economy. As a teacher, I know we must improve the quality of education to prepare our students for the jobs of the future. I want to bridge that gap between business and education by exposing students at an earlier age to every career possibility, from farming to high tech to entrepreneurialism. As the most graying state in the United States, Maine would benefit from a representative who is a senior with over 30 years experience volunteering with seniors. I want to focus Maine’s attention on keeping seniors in their homes by reducing their tax burden or by providing affordable housing, while also furnishing reliable transportation and dependable home healthcare. Maine is unique in its pristine beauty and we must protect its water, land and air. Our farms, fisheries, and lobstering industries benefit from a cleaner environment. Ending our reliance on fossil fuel and finding clean forms of energy must be Maine’s priority. Rebuilding our decaying bridges, roads and schools must be funded. I have the vision, energy and intelligence to be a very effective leader in Maine.

Top three issues (in order of priority):

1. Job creation coupled with improving the quality of our education and training will enable struggling families to end reliance on government support and provide opportunities for students.

2. Senior care for an aging population.

3. Protecting our environment and our resources while finding alternate forms of clean energy

Name: H. Stedman Seavey, Republican

Age: 62

Occupation: Self-employed grocery store owner

Family: Married 41 years to Betsy (Perrow) Seavey; two children and two grandchildren

Prior political experience: Kennebunkport Board of Selectmen 1975- 1980, 2006-2008; State Representative 1982-1990, 2004-2006

Volunteer/community involvement: Former Board of Directors member for the Kennebunk- Kennebunkport- Arundel Chamber of Commerce, Former Board of Directors member for the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

Why are you seeking elected office?

I am running for State Representative because I am passionate about our community and believe I have both the personal and professional experience, as well as the practical judgment, to be an effective and strong voice for you in Augusta. I am a father, grandfather, small business owner and lifelong resident of the area. I have previous experience as a legislator and Representative. My passion for public service began when I was elected to the Kennebunkport Board of Selectmen at just 23 years of age (many years ago!) This passion has continued through several decades during which I’ve served a combined 10 years as our local state representative. My passion is also driven by the fact that I have lived in this community for 60-plus years, raised my family here, and for the past 25 years run a small business here. I understand why so many people, both residents and nonresidents, consider this area a treasure – and I am dedicated to working to protect and enhance it. As a moderate conservative, I believe that individuals, nonprofits, small businesses and local governments should have more control and state government should have less. Regardless of political affiliation, I truly believe that people who seek public office want what is best for our state. Whether you take the road to the right or the left, I’m committed to listening to you, standing up for our community and making practical decisions for our state and for our future.

Top three issues in order of priority:

1. Tax reform/state spending.

2. Education funding.

3. Protecting coastal environments/ working waterfront

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