Courier Publications reporters and editors came up with a list of questions for candidates based in part on concerns raised by members of the public in "Heard on the Street" interviews. The questions were posed to candidates via email.

Republican Kim Strauss is seeking a seat in the House of Representatives in District 36, representing Brooklin, Deer Isle, Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, part of Mount Desert, North Haven, Stonington, Swan's Island, Tremont and Vinalhaven. He is challenging incumbent Democrat Walter Kumiega III.

Strauss is the owner of Little Island Marine and Island Cruises based in Bass Harbor. In the past, he has served as a selectman in Tremont.


Why are you running?

I am running to represent the people who live on the islands and in the towns that make up State Congressional District 36. The issue that affects this district the most involves jobs, especially those associated with the fisheries. Many of the hurdles that are placed in the way of job creation involve red tape and regulations.

For instance, to pick crabs you have to come up with around $600 plus meet many regulations and paperwork requirements, some necessary, many not. If you want to pick crabs plus lobsters, there will be another $600 due to the state. I would propose adding "and lobster" to a crab-picking license for free and streamlining all regulations and paper work requirements.

This will not end the problem of lack of jobs in coastal Maine, but it might encourage someone to look into expanding markets, adding jobs, and increasing economic activity. This concept needs to be applied across the board so that rather than discouraging more business we encourage it. We ship our lobsters to Canada to be processed, buy our toilet paper from Canada, our shoes from China, and our chicken from Arkansas. These used to be Maine industries. It's fine to reform welfare and say all able-bodied people need to go to work, but first we need to remove the obstacles to job creation and growth.

Position politics, agendas, and combat are not going to move Maine toward to a better future for any of us. The answer to all these questions is if any position on these issues will protect the elderly, young, infirmed and the environment, and at the same time create jobs and opportunities for the people of my district and all Mainers, then sign me up. I will work with anyone, of any party, from anywhere, of any gender, sexual persuasion, religion, ethnic background, or philosophy that will achieve those goals.

 

What government services, if any, do you feel should be privatized?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.

 

What services do you feel need to be protected from budget cuts?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


What services that are private now should be taken on by the government?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


Mitt Romney has proposed kicking Medicaid costs back to the states to administer and cutting federal funds for them. Would you support this plan, and how do you think it would impact state government and taxes?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


What is your position on women's health issues including insurance coverage for contraceptives and the option of having abortions to terminate unwanted pregnancies?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


We have seen a push, particularly from Republicans, for more showing of identification at the polls. What are your thoughts on balancing the need for preventing voter fraud with the need to provide access to citizens wishing to vote?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


Why aren't there more jobs?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


What would you do for those seeking to start businesses and create jobs?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


How would you address the challenge of providing higher education for low and middle-income young people who cannot afford college without massive loans?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


How can we help Maine people transition from traditional energy sources, particularly for heat, to renewable sources?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


What should be done to protect Maine's environment and resources? Is this issue a priority for you as a candidate?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


Do you support state government buying more land to preserve it as state parks?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


Where do you stand on campaign financing?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


What should be done about the state's welfare programs including disability benefits, MaineCare, and substance abuse treatment subsidies?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


Do you support allowing gay marriage in Maine?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


How do you feel the Tea Party movement has affected local, state and federal politics and policy decisions?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


What has been your career aside from politics?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


Where are you from and how long have you lived in Tremont?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


What is your education?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.


Can you tell me a little about your family? Are you married with children, grandchildren?

Editor's note: Strauss did not answer the question.