2012-10-12 / Community

Election 2012

District 124

Maine House District 124 encompasses the western section of South Portland bordering Westbook, Scarborough and Portland. Incumbent Democrat Bryan Kaenrath, a master’s candidate at the University of Maine, seeks his fourth term in the house. He is opposed by Republican Kevin Battle, a retired South Portland police officer and deputy harbor master with Portland Harbor.Their responses to a candidate survey appear here by alphabetical order.

Kevin J Battle

Age: 54

Occupation: Deputy harbor master /Portland Harbor; retired police officer; retired from US Coast Guard Marital status: Married 30-plus years Children/family: two adult sons, both living and working locally

Highest level of education completed: High school

Name and location of school or university last attended: Morris County Community College / Keystone Junior College / SMCC

Organizations and activities:

Three-time president of South Portland Lions Club

Involved in several charities, including Camp Sunshine of Maine, South Portland Boys & Girls Club, Cancer Society Relay for Life. Founder and organizer of Maine Trucking for Kids Convoy

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Represent the citizens of South Portland

2. Ensure that our schools are provided with the resources that will allow students to succeed and thrive in a better future

3. Continue business-friendly government practices to create quality jobs. Reduce and reform the burdensome tax code.

Why are you seeking elected office?

Through my work and life experience I have learned how to get people to cooperate for a common goal. I want to go to Augusta to get all parts of the government to work together to benefit the citizens of South Portland, as well as the citizens of Maine. I believe with hard work and collaboration we will have a better future. I hope to earn your support and ask for your vote.

Bryan Kaenrath

Age: 29 Occupation: Legislator/grad student/self-employed Marital status: Single

Highest level of education completed: Bachelor’s, currently completing master’s

Name and location of school or university last attended: University of Maine

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Jobs and economic growth 2. Affordable health care 3. Investing in local schools and higher education

Why are you seeking elected office?

I have enjoyed serving South Portland in the legislature for the past three terms. The most important part of the job is constituent service and helping the people you represent. This has been a rewarding experience for me and I have met many great people along the way. In addition, there are many significant issues facing our community and state that I would like to continue to work on and find solutions. I believe we all need to work together to move this state forward and stop the partisan bickering that leads us nowhere. I pledge to continue to be a legislator that looks at all ideas with an open mind and a willingness to work together in a collaborative spirit to get results for the people of our community.

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