2014-10-24 / Front Page

Incumbent faces two challengers in Senate District 29

District 29 consists of Cape Elizabeth, South Portland and part of Scarborough. Bill DeSena and Mark Diehl are hoping to unseat Rebecca Millett, the incumbent senator.

Name: Bill DeSena
Age: 74
Position seeking: State Senator, District 29
Occupation: finance and small business owner
Marital status: married
Children/family: 3 kids and 1 dog
Highest Level of education completed: Degrees in
mathematics, physics and business
Name and location of school or university last
attended: NYU
Organizations and activities: Purpoodock golf club,
snow and water skiing and sailing

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

• To create jobs and careers for all Mainers so our young

adults and seniors can afford to keep Maine as their home.
• To make state government smaller, more efficient &
tax-friendly
• Stop the extreme partisan bickering that’s dividing our
County, State and friendships

Why are you seeking elected office?

To stop government from driving the middle class into poverty, to lower taxes by making government more efficient and cost-effective, to lure high paying companies to Maine and create higher paying jobs and careers to keep our children in Maine and to protect and make Maine affordable for out senior parents and grandparents. I hope to discourage straight line voting and take the best

ideas from both sides to make the best policies. I also want to stop the welfare abuses and apply the savings towards improving our rehabilitation programs so our inflicted can be productive proud citizens again. I am an independent thinker, a social moderate and a very responsible financially. I am unencumbered by political IOU’s. Nor do I yearn to be a career politician. I just want to do what’s is right for all of us. I am a business man that has created hundreds of jobs over my career. We must change the status quo. It’s not working. Make me your next District 29 Senator and see that I am a bipartisan collaborative team player schooled to negotiate and get the job done.

Name: Mark D. Diehl
Age: 44
Position seeking: State Senator, District 29

Occupation: Former litigation attorney for major corporations, currently an award-winning novelist.

Marital status: Married

Children/family: One daughter, 13, who started as a full-time college freshman this year. We are so proud of her!

Highest Level of education completed: Doctorate in law plus two years of post graduate school.

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

Chicago, Illinois.

Organizations and activities: Founding board member of Maine’s own Think LOCAL! Community Networking, now with more than a thousand members in Maine, which exists not only to support and network small and independent businesses, but also local charities, community members, and local job seekers. Think LOCAL! works to rebuild a sense of community and foster business among people we know and trust. Outspoken opponent of tar sands. Founder of Loosely Affiliated Local Artists (“LALA”), bringing together creative people and encouraging multidisciplinary cooperation in the arts.

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. We must reclaim our state and national governments from the control of multinational corporations. When international business interests run our government for profit, this is neither American nor capitalist. Whatever other issues are important to you, remember this: Until the government is run by citizens instead of corporations, our opinions about any other topics are moot. The only way to regain control is for us to collectively decide to reject any party that runs on corporate money.

2. Strong communities have strong local and independent businesses. We need to focus on small businesses and startups, and stop buying into the idea that the way to stimulate growth is to give away the store to giant organizations who simply want to raid us for our resources and cash and then ship their profits out of state.

3. Keeping money and power concentrated within our communities is of utmost importance in maintaining our way of life. Right now giant organizations from out of state are paying Maine workers minimum wage to keep profits high, which bleeds our state to raise stock prices on exchanges around the world. The workers, paid less than survival wages, become dependent upon welfare and other state programs, and in this way those employers become the indirect recipients of welfare. We need to raise the minimum wage and keep those dollars helping our communities instead of Wall Street.

Why are you seeking elected office?

Corporate influence in government it the most important issue of our time. I’m with Maine’s Green Independent Party because it is the state’s only political party that refuses all forms of corporate contribution and influence. My candidacy is not about trying to realize some utopian vision, but about protecting Maine’s independence and way of life from outside forces that will destroy it if left unchecked. Will you help me?

Name: Rebecca Millett
Age: 52
Position seeking: State Senator, District 29
Occupation: Consultant
Marital status: Married
Children/family: twin 15-year-old daughter and son

Highest level of education completed: Masters of Business Administration, Finance

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

Organizations and activities: Board of Directors, Portland Chamber Music Festival; Member, Task Force to End Student Hunger; Chair, Commission on School Funding; Chair, Commission on College Affordability and College Completion; Vice Chair, Legislative Advisory Committee; New England Board of Higher Education

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Raising the minimum wage

2. Expanding access to life saving health care

3. Investing in education and workforce training/ development

Why are you seeking elected office?

to move Maine forward, there is more work to be done. Education and workforce development has been identified as a critical aspect to Maine’s economic future.

As Chair of the Commission on College Affordability and Completion, I am excited to set Maine on a path that will help more of our students gain the education and skills our businesses need and the 21st century economy requires.

As Senate Chair of the Education Committee, I was charged with continuing a strenuous review of Maine’s education funding, and chairing the School Funding Commission gives me hope that we can be efficient and effective with state funds by targeting high impact areas to reduce stubborn achievement gaps between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children. Reducing this gap will make our communities stronger, reduce incarceration and demand for social services, and build a more robust labor market.

Too many of Maine’s families are working too hard without being able to make ends meet. Enacting a minimum wage bill is good common sense. Healthcare is a right – not a privilege. Every Maine family should have a family doctor. No one should go bankrupt because they are sick and have escalating medical bills. Preventative care keeps our families healthier and keeps people out of emergency rooms for basic care. It is the morally and fiscally smart decision.

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