2014-10-31 / Front Page

Two compete for Cape Elizabeth’s House District 30

By Duke Harrington
Contributing Writer

CAPE ELIZABETH — The race to represent Maine House District 30, which covers most of Cape Elizabeth, pits Democrat incumbent Kimberly Monaghan- Derrig against Republican challenger Pauline Wilcox.

Name: Kimberly J. Monaghan-
Derrig
Age: 55
Street: Russet Lane

Cape residency: 45 years
Occupation: Marketing and
policy analyst (20 years); adjunct
professor, USM, tourism and
hospitality program (one year).
Education: Master’s degree in
public policy and management
from the Muskie School of Public
Service at USM.
Political experience: State
representative, two terms; Cape
Elizabeth School Board, 2010-
2011.

Why are you seeking elected office?

I am seeking reelection because I want to continue to make a progressive difference for Cape Elizabeth and for Maine. Maine must move forward, and if reelected, I will continue to work together with fellow lawmakers to improve our economy, create jobs, strengthen public education, protect our environment and provide affordable housing and healthcare to all Mainers, young and old.

What are your top three issues (in order of priority)?

 Jobs and the economy. If there are two public policy goals that Mainers can agree on, it is a strong and vibrant economy and a positive future for all of Maine’s children. I believe the best way to improve the economy is by making common sense investments that will help small businesses, job training, tax fairness, public education, the environment and keeping Mainers secure, stable and healthy.

 Education. A strong public education is important to Cape Elizabeth and should be on the forefront of the 127th Legislature. Education is the key to growing economic opportunity for Maine people. Maine families deserve leaders who will invest in education. That’s why I will always support investing in Head Start and universal pre-K, making college more affordable, workforce training and development and strengthening our public schools.

 Health care expansion. The governor has vetoed MaineCare expansion five times, denying health care to 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans. Maine is the only state in New England not to accept federal dollars worth $300 million to the state’s struggling economy. Letting people suffer to make an ideological point is not leadership. No one should be bankrupt by mounting medical bills when they are sick. By saying yes to lifesaving health care, we can create thousands of jobs at time when Maine’s economy lags behind the nation.

Do you support increasing Maine’s minimum wage?

Chris Christie is touted as saying he is tired of hearing about the minimum wage. Well, I’m tired of hearing about regular Mainers working full time and still living in poverty. Yes, I support raising Maine’s minimum wage. I’m proud to have voted to do so this past year. Too many Mainers are struggling to support their families with jobs that don’t pay a livable wage. We need an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the very top. When working people have more money in their pockets, they spend it locally supporting our small businesses on our Main Streets.

Name: Pauline “Polly” Wilcox
Age: 63
Street: Cape Woods Drive
Cape residency: 14 years
Occupation: In-home senior care and oncology social
worker for Comfort Keepers
Education: Master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo School
of Social Work.
Political experience: None.

Why are you seeking elected office?

Maine is a beautiful, family friendly, safe and communityminded state in which to live. I hold deep gratitude to be a U.S. citizen and a Maine citizen. I feel Maine is losing its economic base and that the dominant political legislative personnel are overlooking and not addressing the future major economic decline of the state of Maine. I am an unusual candidate, in that I am a medical social worker and a Republican. My work and my life attitude is about bringing people together. I am not an alarmist, but I am sounding an alarm regarding the future of our state if we do not make dramatic changes to strengthen our economy.

What are your top three issues (in order of priority)?

 Changing how we tax our citizens. Decrease taxes
to keep more citizens retiring in Maine instead of in no
income tax states like New Hampshire, Texas, Florida,
etc. My first bill would be to decrease the corporate and
personal income tax level to encourage job creation and
citizen stability. My second bill would change the Small
Business Advocate Program to an aggressive recruitment
program for businesses of all sizes to ensure an improved
economic base.
 Address the coming expense of caring for the elderly by
creating incentives for their staying in their homes, a less
expensive, more familiar place for seniors.
 Adjust school curriculum at the local level with
teacher input, not at the federal level, and institute loan
forgiveness programs for our college graduates to attract
them to remain or return to our state to build their family
life.

Do you support increasing Maine’s minimum wage?

I am in favor of increasing wages for all workers, but not by an artificial increase by government of minimum wage. I favor improvement of the economic climate, as stated above, which will in turn improve all wages, not just the smaller wages.

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