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State Senate District 12

Miramant says listening is key

By Stephen Betts | Sep 03, 2020
David Miramant

Camden — State Sen. David Miramant of Camden said he attended anti-war and civil rights protests in the 1960s as a teenager, and the lesson he got out of it was that politicians need to listen.

"Politicians didn't seem to have the ear of the people and their message. The way they dealt with that was with violence," Miramant said.

Miramant said as an elected official, he listens and tries to find a solution to the challenge being discussed.

Miramant is seeking a fourth consecutive term for state Senate District 12 seat, which covers all of Knox County except the town of Washington. He will face Republican challenger Gordon Page in the Nov. 3 election.

Miramant was first elected in November 2014. The Democrat from Camden also served one term in the Maine House, being elected in November 2006.

He is chair of the Legislature's Marine Resources Committee and serves on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. Miramant is a pilot.

Miramant said Gov. Janet Mills has a done a great job and shown leadership in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. He said with the information the state has learned, it can move forward knowing there are simple steps to prevent spreading the virus.

On the state budget, he said the governor has already instructed department heads to come up with 10% cuts. Miramant said, however, there is still hope of getting federal funds to help bridge some of the gap between budgeted expenses and reduced revenues resulting from COVID-19 shutdowns.

"We're not going to sit here as if it's business as usual, waiting for Washington," Miramant said.

He said he is optimistic about the economy, pointing out that streets in Camden and Rockland are as full as they normally are during August.

The Camden Democrat said reforms are needed with police, though the Midcoast is lucky to have departments with good officers and leadership.

"We definitely need some reforms. Things creep into institutions," he said, citing the war on drugs.

He said the war on drugs was one of government's biggest failures with money being thrown at departments along with surplus military equipment. He also criticized the use of no-knock warrants.

Training needs to change from the military-style that is used, he said.

Defunding police doesn't mean eliminating police, he contended. He said there are times when a social worker or mental health worker should respond to a call. For times when there is a threat of violence, police and a mental health worker could respond.

The veteran legislator said the state already does a good job in promoting economic development. He said the state needs to be receptive to new ideas. He said when Uber arrived, there were people who wanted to put up obstacles but he maintained that should not be the philosophy.

He absolutely believes humans contribute to climate change. There needs to be a focus on the environment and pollution leads to increased cases of asthma and acidification of oceans.

The state needs to encourage renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, solar, and water power to an extent. He said it can be turbines that take advantage of water flow without dams. Floating windmills offshore will also be available to provide electricity for the state.

Miramant said he supports some gun control legislation including a law that would allow municipalities to prohibit people carrying firearms at public meetings where debate can become heated. He said he also would like to see a return to requiring permits for carrying a concealed weapon and he supports universal background checks.

The Democrat said he supports his political party's nominees for president and vice president. He said he is happy Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate. He said diversity is needed at the state and federal level when policy decisions are made.

Election 2020 - David Miramant - Candidate: Maine Senate District #12
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Comments (3)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 11, 2020 11:46

Who else but humans contribute to the climate changes, certainly not the polar bears drinking coca-cola.

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Sep 11, 2020 09:23

I hear that, Heidi.  Dave Miramant is very positive and responsive.  He got to the bottom of a question I e-mailed him while he was en route to China (not the one near Vassalboro).

Posted by: Heidi Ruth Locke | Sep 08, 2020 06:42

Dave also sponsored a bill for an Independent medical review for Maine public employees retirement system to review Disability claims. The system is very messed up & Dave stepped right in and helped to get it fixed immediately, after I contacted him! He is a fantastic listener & the right man for the State of Maine Senate:-) Thanks Dave for being In the right place at the right time!

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