2016-10-28 / Front Page

Election 2016

Two face off for District 30 House seat

Kimberly Monaghan Kimberly Monaghan The race for District 30 in the Maine State House of Representatives – which serves all of Cape Elizabeth except for a small section in the middle of the town line with South Portland – pits Democratic Party incumbent Kimberly Monaghan against Republican challenger George Van Syckel.

Candidate survey forms sent by The Sentry to each candidate are provided below, in alphabetical order by last name. The surveys include contact information, should readers care to question the candidates further on their positions.

Name: Kimberly Monaghan Age: 57 Address: Russet Lane Phone: 749-9443 Email: kim@commondreams.org Occupation: Project manager at CommonDreams.

George Van Syckel George Van Syckel org; adjunct professor in the University of Southern Maine Department of Tourism and Hospitality

Family: One child

Education completed: Bachelor’s degree in journalism/broadcasting from the University of Maine; Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ballet/dance from the Boston Conservatory of Music; Masters in public policy and management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the

University of

Southern Maine.


Experience: Cape Elizabeth Board of Education (2010-2011); Maine State House of Representatives (2011 to present); former staff member for U.S. Rep. Thomas Andrews and the Maine Senate

Organizations and activities: Delegate to the Maine Democratic Convention; Family Division Task Force, Maine District Court (2013); Maine State Ballet Board of Directors; New England Society of Convention and Visitors Bureau (member/ treasurer)

Top three issues

1. Economic development/job creation. Creating jobs by supporting small businesses and attracting sustainable investments, including renewable energy projects. Maine must develop a stronger state marketing and incentive plan to attract out-of-state businesses. We need to increase funding to our universities and continue workforce training for workers in transition to gain new skills. On raising capital for job growth, we need to strengthen and maintain Maine’s small business funding programs and increase venture capital.

2. Education. Strong public schools are essential and benefits Mainers on many levels. We need to continue to expand access to pre-K and use innovation to make sure every student graduates ready to succeed. This will include empowering quality teachers and bringing innovation and technology to the classroom. We need to make college education affordable by making sure that learning the skills needed to compete doesn’t result in students drowning in debt. Workforce training must continue in our technical schools and community colleges to aid in on-the-job training.

3. Maine’s opioid and heroin crisis. Maine’s drug epidemic continues to take the lives of many people. This is a public health issue and not one that will be solved by hiring more drug enforcement agents and making arrests. While the public safety side is important, more efforts should be funding for treatment/counseling services for the addict. And, after two years of the governor’s vetoes, the Legislature should finally accept Medicaid expansion, which would help low income Mainers access health care, including mental health and substance abuse services. Covering 70,000 uninsured Mainers, including those struggling with addiction, is the right thing to do.

Why are you seeking elected office?

I am seeking re-election because I want to continue to make a progressive difference for Cape Elizabeth and for Maine. If reelected, I will continue to work together with fellow lawmakers to improve our economy, create jobs, strengthen public education, protect our environment, uphold human rights and provide affordable housing and health care to all Mainers – young and old.

If you could change one thing about the state or your legislative district, what would it be and how would you do it?

Cape Elizabeth is fortunate to have excellent public services, schools and a caring community. Yet there is always room for improvement; such as a stable and predictable stream of education funding and preventing property tax increases. While I believe strongly in public participation, I think some issues, such as community revitalization, tend to be over-analyzed. Certainly, we should take care to protect and preserve Cape Elizabeth’s environmental resources and open areas for present and future generations, but I think there is room smart growth and development in our community. I think there is a shared belief that a viable community center, with a diverse group of small businesses, easily connected to our current walking path and side walks, is important to Cape Elizabeth residents. It is especially important to many of the young families who have relocated to our town in the past few years. These families are Cape Elizabeth’s millennial population; their views and expectations will matter as they continue to play a big part of defining our town’s future.

Name: George Van Syckel

Age: 57

Address: Cape Elizabeth (street not specified)

Phone: 749-5979

Email: georgevansyckel@gmail.com

Occupation: National broker of Airstream motorhomes

Family: Married with children

Education completed: Masters degree

Political experience: None

Organizations and activities: ABC-USA International; Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout); Spurwink Rod & Gun Club; Cape Elizabeth Lions Club; Hiram Lodge Masons candidate; MOFGA; Woodcock International (founder); 4-H

Top three issues:

1. Education – encouraging parent, teacher communication, as the teacher serves the parents in the parents’ goals of preparing the parents’ children for the local, to the international setting in languages, history, math, science, music, etc.

2. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco – working together through those concerned with the social well being of the community such as police, fire, churches, schools, clubs such as Lions, Masons, Rotary, 4-H, FFA, Grange, etc.

3. Taxes and regulations – roll back taxes and regulations to provide a climate of innovation for entrepreneurs and businesses to accomplish the goal of business which is to create wealth through hard work and ingenuity.

Why are you seeking elected office?

To be the voice of Cape

Elizabeth in Augusta,

Maine. I will passionately carry the message and interests of the people of the town of Cape Elizabeth to the grounds, halls, and chambers of the capital.

If you could change one thing about the state or your legislative district, what would it be and how would you do it?

I would not change a thing, other than what was previously written. I would encourage the community in its myriad of strengths to greater achievement in the town and influence throughout the state. Our town has a great commitment to volunteerism in town and throughout the state. Through our spirit of cooperation we can meet the needs of our seniors and those challenged within our community and state.

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