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State Senate District 12

Gordon Page said he wants to bring people together

By Stephen Betts | Sep 03, 2020
Gordon Page

Owls Head — Gordon Page said he wants to bring his experience running both commercial and non-profit organizations to Augusta.

Page is the Republican candidate for the state Senate District 12 seat that covers all of Knox County except the town of Washington. He will face incumbent state Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, in the Nov. 3 election.

Page is an Owls Head Selectman, first elected in 2018 and reelected Aug. 31. He retired earlier this year as executive director of Rockland Main Street Inc., a position he held since 2014.

Page came to the Midcoast in 1982 when he worked for National Sea Products which operated a seafood company on Tillson Avenue. He then worked 15 years managing local radio stations, worked in the hospitality industry and later was vice president of Maine Eastern Railroad's Brunswick to Rockland line.

"I want to bring my experience in non-profits and commercial businesses. We need to get back to fiscal responsibility at the state level. I hope I can bring my abilities to persuade people and bring people together to try to solve problems in a common sense and bi-partisan way," Page said.

The Republican candidate said Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has done a good job in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There are a lot of people who would criticize the governor... but I can assure you that nobody who ran against her two years ago is secretly wishing they were sitting in that chair right now," Page said.

He said he respects her standing up for her beliefs but wishes she would engage the Legislature more frequently, saying they can offer a perspective from their respective communities.

"She certainly hasn't hurt the state from a medical standpoint, but some of the changes, some of the restrictions have certainly harmed a number of businesses," Page said. "I consider myself very business friendly, but I also have friends and families who I want to stay safe during this."

In terms of the state budget and the drop in revenues because of the pandemic, Page said the Legislature should look at programs approved during the past few months and years to see if spending can be reduced.

He specifically mentioned a program in which the state will purchase automobiles for people on financial support.

"There are people who work hard every day who struggle to keep their own vehicles operating well. To give out automobiles is an unfortunate program," the Republican candidate said.

There is some abuse in the Mainecare program, he said, and the Maine Department of Human Services should review some of the people who are on it.

He said to spur the economy, businesses must be allowed to reopen, noting many were suffering. He said the hospitality industry was touch and go but he added people are willing now to travel, stay at lodging businesses and eat in restaurants.

One thing that slowed a pickup in businesses was the difficulty in finding workers. He said part of that problem was the added $600 per week that the federal government paid in pandemic unemployment benefits.

"Why would someone go to work for $15 an hour when they could stay home and collect $1,000 a week?" Page said.

Page said anyone who has lived in the Midcoast for a long time has witnessed the changes in climate, pointing out how frequently the water flows over the Rockland Breakwater.

The Owls Head resident greenhouse gases are an issue with humans putting more contaminants in the air.

"I'm not sure what humans can do other than continue to work to improve the systems," he said.

Page said he supports the Second amendment to the U.S. Constitutions for people to own firearms. But, he added, he was not in favor of people possessing heavy duty armaments.

"I support responsible gun ownership," Page said.

Page said he is proud to be a Republican but that President Donald Trump is not his guy when it comes to this year's presidential race. He said Democratic nominee Joe Biden is also not his guy and he is looking at one of the two other candidates on the Maine ballot — including a Libertarian.

"I'm concerned about the current state of the Republican party. We need to get back to a level of civility," he said.

Page said he does not support ranked choice voting.

"There are some that will paint me with a wide brush. Because I am a Republican, they say I must support x, y and z," Page said. "My campaign for the state Senate has nothing to do with the federal election, it has nothing to do with national politics."

"My interest is to help people live their lives in Knox County in a fair and equitable way. I'm not interested in telling people how to live their lives. Although, I'm fiscally conservative, we've got to stop the bleeding in Augusta, I'm very socially moderate, some might say socially liberal," he said.

"My background is to sit down and talk with people and try to bring them together," he said.

In regard to police reform, he said it needs to be looked at hard in a number of communities but "certainly not in Knox County," saying he supports the local police departments.

"I've never seen a thing that concerned me," he said about local police departments.

He said decades ago some departments had some officers who were too aggressive but things have settled down and departments are using community policing.

He said the state needs to do a better job of attracting new citizens to Maine, which will help businesses by providing new workers but also to give the state more diversity.

Election 2020 - Gordon Page - Candidate: Maine Senate District #12
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