2016-11-04 / Community

Election 2016

Meet the candidates

House Representative, District 10

The race for District 10 in the Maine State House of Representatives, which serves Arundel, as well as Dayton and part of Lyman, features three-term Republican incumbent Wayne Parry, of Arundel, against Democratic Party challenger Emily Ingwersen. Ingwersen declined to complete a survey.

Name: Wayne Parry

Age: 53

Address: Alfred Road, Arundel

Phone: 286-9145 email: wayne.parry@legislature.maine.gov

Occupation: Lobsterman/ small business owner

Family: Single

Education completed: Windham High School

Political experience: Maine Legislature (three terms)

Organizations and activities: York County Fish & Game, Arundel Historical Society

Top three issues:

1. Heroin epidemic — The heroin epidemic is a huge problem. We must stop the flow of these drugs coming into the state. We also have to help those that have become addicted. If someone wants help, we have to provide that help.

2. Jobs — Jobs are always an issue. We need more good-paying jobs so our young people have opportunities here in Maine. Too many young people, like my niece, have left Maine for better paying jobs in other states. If we want our young people to stay here we need to make it easier, not harder, for businesses to expand or to come to Maine. We can’t be seen as an unfriendly state to do business in. Higher taxes and increased regulation will not attract new companies to Maine.

3. Infrastructure — We must figure new ways to get increased money into our infrastructure system. Most states take a portion of their general fund money for highways. We spend very little from our general fund. I have suggested that the money we pay for sales tax on cars and trucks should be going into the highway fund instead of the general fund. If we did this, it would cover our shortfall in spending on our infrastructure, and we would need little or no bonding.

Why are you seeking elected office?

This question has changed since the first time I ran eight years ago. Then I ran because I was tired of yelling at the TV. I told myself it was time to get involved and see what I could do to change things. Back then it seemed that no one in Augusta cared about the people that paid the bills, the taxpayer. As long as I am in Augusta I will always look out for and remember the taxpayer. Over my six years in Augusta I’ve learned that it’s more about representing my constituents and doing whatever I can to help them and the towns I represent. I also learned that you will not make everyone happy, but I try to listen to every point of view even if I may disagree. I think that one of the biggest reasons I am running for my last term is having people come up to me and tell me how much I have done for them or the town they live in and thank me for serving. I have enjoyed my time in Augusta and being someone that has lived in Maine my whole life, I think those years of experience are needed in Augusta.

If you could change one thing about state government or your legislative district, what would it be and how would you do it?

After this year, I think we have to change the referendum process. In this year’s election there are five referendum questions on the ballot. People will vote on things that may sound great in a one sentence sound bite, but behind that one sentence, there is five, 10, or 15 pages of law that 90 percent of the people will never see. If the people of Maine want to make law at the ballot, then we don’t need representatives. Out-of-state money has flowed into Maine to change Maine. If Mainers want to do that, okay. But I believe most if not all of the ballot questions are paid for by out of state interests. To me, that is not how state government is suppose to work. I have no problem if the citizens of Maine don’t like what we do in Augusta and want to change it. That part should not change. But we need to make it so these out-of-state interest should not want to be able to buy themselves on the ballot in Maine. We must make that process harder.

One other change should be making the legislative year shorter. The way it is now prevents many people from running for office. We could get the work done with a few changes, like requiring that two/thirds of the budget be voted on by March 31, and limit the amount of bills representatives can submit.

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