April 08, 2020
CANDIDATE PROFILE

Vote 2006, House District 17 Bangor

Democrat

Sean Faircloth

Age: 46

Address: 299 Pine St, Bangor, ME 04402

E-mail: sfaircloth@gwi.net

Web site: Web site not provided

Family: Brendan, 15; Ryan, 12; Declan, 1

Education: University of Notre Dame, cum laude; foreign study, Maynooth College, Ireland; University of California, Hastings Law School

Occupation: Lawyer; associate professor, Justice Studies, University College, Bangor

Experience: Director, conceived of and led to creation of Maine Discovery Museum, managing exhibits, fundraising, administration; spearheaded deadbeat dad child support law, saving $150 million; R&D tax credit

Top three priorities if elected:

? Cut taxes: I want taxes cut for typical Mainers, specifically property and income taxes, requiring fairer taxes from nonresidents and on frill items. Let’s cut taxes to encourage R&D and innovation.

? Advocate for children: I was honored by awards from pediatricians and advocates for people with disabilities, but with almost 20 percent of children in poverty, we must do more.

? More jobs: I’ll fight for public higher education as a centerpiece of spin-off jobs for Bangor. We must increase graduate research and seek partners like Jackson Lab. Invest in education bonds.

Republican

John L. Kasten

Age: 59

Address: 360 Grandview Ave., Bangor, ME 04401

E-mail: jkasten47@adelphia.net

Web site: Web site not provided

Family: Wife of 35 years, Marjorie

Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, 1969, Bucknell University.; master’s degree in psychology, 1971, Western Michigan University; master’s degree in public health, 1971, University of Michigan

Occupation: Counselor (mental health) in private practice; experienced in training and staff development, assessment and treatment of people of all ages, teaching, ministry, business consulting and counseling

Experience: New Hampshire Department of Public Health; residential program for emotionally disturbed boys; North Carolina Department of Human Resources; several community mental health centers and several churches; self-employed past seven years

Top three priorities if elected:

? Reform health insurance regulations to drastically reduce premiums for average people. Bring Maine back into the mainstream, rather than being one of only five states saddled with “guaranteed issue.”

? Reform MaineCare so that it is not growing at twice the national average by increasing residency requirements and bringing benefits in line with private plans.

? Reduce taxes, especially the income tax and vehicle excise tax. Both are higher than in most other places. First and foremost, Maine needs government it can afford.

Independent

Michael Turcotte

Age: 42

Address: 24 Cortland Circle, Bangor, ME 04401

E-mail: mike@mike4bangor.com

Web site: www.mike4bangor.com

Family: Single. Parents, sister and nieces live in Bangor.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002

Occupation: New business development representative for Vantine Imaging LLC; small-business owner

Experience: Executive director of Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce

Top three priorities if elected:

? Requiring six-month residency for state aid.

? Building pro-entrepreneurial, small-business environment.

? Tax relief; eliminating the vehicle excise tax.


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