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House District 91

Lowell Wallace supports Republican ideals

By Christine Simmonds | Sep 23, 2020
Courtesy of: Lowell Wallace Lowell Wallace is running as a Republican for Maine House District 91 (Friendship, part of Union, Waldoboro and Washington)

Waldoboro — Lowell Wallace wants to give locals a choice in the upcoming election.

“I’m a pretty strong Republican, and I usually follow right along in their thinking,” Wallace said. He felt that his opponent in November was “completely the opposite.”

“I want to give the population around me an opportunity to choose between the Republican principals, or... the Democrat ideals,” Wallace said. The main thing for him was that the voters have a clear choice.

Wallace is running for House District 91. This covers Friendship, parts of Union, Waldoboro and Washington. His opponent Jeff Evangelos is an independent.

Wallace has past experience in politics as a Selectman, as well as experience as a small business owner and in the lobster industry.

Wallace said he felt the guidance coming from the state regarding coronavirus was not bipartisan. “The Republicans have had virtually no input,” he said.

He felt it would have been preferable to have Republicans involved in creating the COVID-19 guidelines.

“They could have had a mixture of politicians making decisions,” he said, versus only Democrat voices.

Wallace said he feels the restrictions and guidelines coming from Gov. Janet Mills have done irreparable damage to the economy.

“There are ten businesses alone in Damariscotta that have closed,” he said. “… You’re talking thousands of jobs that have gone out.”

A bipartisan group may have found a way to enforce pandemic restrictions and keep businesses open, he said. “There should have been a group of the best from each party get together and discuss what’s best long-term.”

Wallace pointed out that in Connecticut and New Hampshire, businesses and casinos are able to open and operate fully and still follow restrictions like wearing masks, while some businesses in Maine still cannot open yet.

The candidate argues there should have been a way to keep these businesses in operation. “This can’t be corrected,” he added. “People are out of business.”

In terms of the police, Wallace said he felt they were already well-trained. “They certainly go through quite a rigorous training before you become an officer,” he said.

Wallace said there may be some police officers who were radical and too aggressive, but that was not the majority.

The Waldoboro resident added that perhaps the police across the country should have a refresher course on their training. “They got to understand that the public’s reading of what they’re doing now… is causing major upheaval in our country,” he said.

When asked about the case of Gregori Jackson, the teenager who was killed in 2007 by a Waldoboro police officer, Wallace said the shooting was “totally unnecessary” and the officer made a bad judgment.

Wallace was not sure that he supported the District Attorney looking into the case again, though. He felt it would be a difficult and lengthy process that would cause pain for the family. The only people who really knew what happened that night, he said, were the officer and the young man. “I can’t see pursuing it too much further,” he added.

Wallace agreed that property taxes were a big problem in Maine, and said they were “outrageous.” He felt this was a problem that has to be solved at the local levels with Selectmen.

He felt part of the problem was that local boards continue to spend unnecessary money and purchase land trust deals that remove property from the tax base. He said Selectmen spending was “in excess.”

“You don’t need to spend a million dollars for one fire truck,” he added.

Wallace also feels environmental extremists are asking for too much. “Climate change has already been done,” he said. “They are emphasizing it more now with little left we can do.”

He felt the average citizen was trying to conserve energy and make changes, but it would never be enough for “global alarmists.” He also said there was a huge change in the amount of pollution being produced from when he was growing up.

For education, Wallace said there should be a vocational focus in high schools. “You need to offer something that’s going to lead to a career,” he said.

As an example, Wallace said lobster boats run on diesel motors. If a motor breaks, it can take weeks or months to get a repair person to come fix the problem. In the meantime, Wallace said, people employed on those boats are not able to work. This could provide a good job in a needed area.

Wallace did say he supports building infrastructure to create broadband access. “I think the expense is minute compared to the value,” he said.

Election 2020 - Lowell Wallace - Candidate: Maine House District #91
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Comments (2)
Posted by: COLLEEN G GLEASON | Sep 25, 2020 10:11

"...Wallace said he felt the guidance coming from the state regarding coronavirus was not bipartisan. “The Republicans have had virtually no input,” he said..."

This is not true a statement. Leadership started at the top.

Posted by: Paul Rosen | Sep 25, 2020 07:31

“Climate change has already been done,” he said. “They are emphasizing it more now with little we can do."   Little we can do, seriously?

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