Congressional Race

Grohman stresses independent status in bid for Congress

Oct 11, 2018

Marty Grohman said it is time for Congress to take a different approach, and the key is being an independent..

Grohman is an independent running for the 1st District Congressional seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree. There is also a Republican in the race, Mark Holbrook of Brunswick.

Grohman is a two-term state representative from Biddeford. He grew up on a farm in Carthage, graduated from Gould Academy in Bethel and earned a degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.. He worked as a chemical engineer until he invented a composite decking material that he turned into a manufacturing business -- CorrectDeck -- in Biddeford in 1999.

"I really believe it's time for Congress to take a different approach. With partisanship, nothing gets done. There is perpetual deadlock," the independent said.

He said he was not beholden to any political party.

"I believe in American businesses and American manufacturing. On a level playing field, American businesses can compete with anyone," he said.

When asked about federal tax policy and whether he would support additional tax cuts, Grohman said the country has to support and grow and fund critical social programs. He said he would look for middle ground on federal taxes.

Health care is a huge problem, he said. He said the country needs to work on improving access to health care and controlling costs. While offering no specifics, he said Congress needs to focus on areas of agreement between parties.

He said it would take monumental work and bipartisan work to achieve universal health care.

Asked about the possibility that the U.S. House could start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump if Democrats take control of that chamber of Congress, Grohman said a "politically motivated impeachment would be the worst thing for the country."

He said the security of the country's elections was paramount to national security.

Grohman said while he appreciated the focus on national defense and economic growth, when Congress gets involved in partisan attacks, it does nothing to improve the economy or solve the opioid epidemic.

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