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State House District 119

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    Margarita L. Contreni
    (Dem)

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    Paul A. Stearns
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are the greatest challenges facing Maine right now?

If elected, what are your top three priorities?

How will you encourage greater civic engagement among your constituents?

How will you support economic recovery in your district?

Campaign Phone (207) 695-3871
Finance Type Maine Clean Elections
State House District
The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our health and our economy is the greatest immediate challenge our state faces. Businesses, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, local and state officials, and residents must work together to find the right balance in opening up and keeping everyone safe. The pandemic has exposed the significant existing healthcare and economic challenges, especially in rural areas of our state. I would like to see a Rural New Deal that promotes economic development and addresses education, healthcare, broadband, transportation, workforce development, housing, and childcare. As Mainers surrounded by vast natural resources and beauty, we also have an opportunity to be leaders in tackling environmental and climate change.
1) Economic development, especially creating and fostering programs and private/public partnerships to facilitate new businesses, support and grow the ones already here, and expand job opportunities 2) Infrastructure improvement including public transportation, road repair, and housing rehabilitation for the safety and health of our communities and to make our district more accessible to people and businesses and Broadband everywhere to connect students, businesses, and residents to opportunities throughout the world 3) Access to Public Health services especially services in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and older adult health
I will communicate regularly with and listen to constituents, asking for their thoughts and opinions on issues that matter to them and discussing ideas to move our communities forward. (Communication today may be limited to phone calls, emails, social media messages and online town halls but, hopefully, in person in the not too distant future.) I also will personally invite my constituents to participate in public town meetings, encourage them to serve on community committees or with nonprofit organizations and to run for local office, and urge them to vote in municipal, state, and national elections. I support civic education in our schools.
During this devastating recession, I will strongly advocate for the federal government to invest in much needed public infrastructure projects that will employ more workers, to increase its share of expenditures under Medicaid, SNAP benefits, and unemployment benefits, and to allocate additional emergency funding to municipalities, counties and states to address dramatic revenue shortfalls that cover critical services in healthcare, education and transportation construction. I would also tap philanthropic foundations, many of which are reorienting their priorities in order to address the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. I will work with and support the efforts of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and the Office of Tourism. Since more workers, including healthcare workers, in the new economy will be working from home, it will be critical to expand Broadband access immediately.
Campaign Phone (207) 343-2615
Campaign Email pastearns1955@gmail.com
Finance Type clean election
State House District
economic disparity between Greater Portland and northern , rural areas
health care reform sensible energy policy property tax stabilization
by setting the example daily
by limiting regulations to those that are essential