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Election 2012

District 7

Maine State Senate District 7 includes the city of South Portland, the town of Cape Elizabeth, and part of the town of Scarborough. Sen. Cynthia Dill (D) of Cape Elizabeth represents District 7. She has served in that position since she won a special election in May 2011. But Dill is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate to replace retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe, so two new challengers will compete for her seat. Republican Mike Wallace is an IT consultant and U.S. Air Force veteran from South Portland. He is challenged by Democrat Rebecca Millett, an independent consultant from Cape Elizabeth and longtime member of the town’s school board. Their responses to a candidate survey appear here by alphabetical order.

Rebecca Millett

Age: 49

Occupation: Independent consultant

Marital status: Married

Children/family: Twin 13-year-old son and daughter

Highest level of education completed: MBA

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

Organizations and activities:

-Cape Elizabeth School Board, 2004-2011, chairman in 2010; finance chairman in 2006, 2007, 2008

- Executive Committee, Cape Elizabeth Democratic Committee since 2003

-Co -founder of citizens’ advocacy group for local public education

- Board of directors, Portland Chamber Music Festival

-Board of advisors, Of Farms & Fables

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Good jobs with livable wages for all Mainers 2. Strong public schools for our children. 3. Protecting our environment and natural resources.

Why are you seeking elected office?

Leadership in Augusta is taking Maine and its citizens down the wrong path. Growing up in Maine, I knew that if I studied and worked hard, I could make a good life for myself. Today that American dream is proving elusive for many, and more and more hardworking Mainers are struggling. We need economic development for secure good paying jobs, training for our friends and neighbors who lost their jobs in the recession, strong schools that educate and prepare all Maine children to be innovative and creative graduates who want to use their talents here to build a stronger Maine, and an affordable health care system that is accessible for all. I will bring a proven track record of leadership, an ability to get things done and a depth of professional and community service experience to stand up for what’s right and tackle the tough issues. I am proud to have the support of U.S. Rep. Tom Allen and former U.S. senator and Special Envoy George Mitchell. For more information about my background, please visit www.rebeccamillett.com. I would be honored to serve as District 7’s state senator.

Mike Wallace

Age: 33 Occupation: IT consultant Marital status: Partnered Children/family: Danielle Nelson Five children: two adopted children, two step-children and an 18-month-old born here at home on 212 Mussey St. in South Portland

Highest level of education completed: Bachelor of Science, information technology

Name and location of school or university last attended: Strayer University, Alexandria, Va.

Organizations and activities: U.S. Air Force veteran, Eagle Scout, board member Responsible Community Resources, Portsmouth, N.H., veterans advisor for Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Committee.

Top three issues: (in order of priority)


1. Economy: Reasserting fiscal responsibility and contract law to encourage long- term investments

2. Energy: Low-cost energy solutions that will benefit businesses and encourage them to operate in our state.

3. Food security: Encourage local heirloom food growth and distribution instead of dependency on Midwestern suppliers limited to a few select variations.

Why are you seeking elected office?

To give more freedom back to individual Mainers. In the last decade we have seen a more centralized, one-sizefits all approach in this country and it is time to move away from that and to trust in ourselves to make sound decisions. Mainers should keep more of their own money, make more of their own choices and be able to run their own businesses.

Professionally, my background is in information technology, most recently for health care administration. My time in the Air Force allowed me to service communications for Air Force One and then for the U.S. State Department for our overseas embassies. These jobs have trained me to become a systems thinker, to see potential unintended consequences to ideas and actions. I believe that such an approach to lawmaking in Maine is needed to build a sound state. Additionally, being the father of a blended family of five, two from the foster care system and one born right at home on Mussey Street in South Portland, has given me a perspective that I believe is invaluable in understanding how different policies affect different populations in Maine.

I am grateful for the support I have received thus far in my run for office and for the wonderful life we have here in Maine with its abundant opportunities. I will go to Augusta to voice my trust in Mainers to run our state well and to make it a place where people can thrive.

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