Senate District 12

Pelletier seeks Senate seat to continue LePage legacy

Oct 11, 2018
Wendy Pelletier

Hope — Republican Wendy Pelletier of Hope is challenging incumbent Democrat David Miramant for the Maine Senate District 12 seat.

She refused to grant an interview to VillageSoup.

"I see how important it is to continue supporting the legacy of Gov. LePage, who increased tax revenue by decreasing taxes, paid off the hospital bill, put our state back in the black, and put us in a position to continue attracting good jobs to Maine so that our children and our children’s children can stay here," she said in an emailed statement.

Pelletier has served on the Hope Board of Selectmen since 2011. She also represents the town on the Mid-Coast Solid Waste Board.

She ran for the Maine House seat that represented the Hope area in 2010, a race won by Democrat Andy O'Brien.

During her campaign in 2010 she called for cutting state spending in her interview with VillageSoup. She said she would tighten requirements for public assistance, impose a 90-day residency requirement, reduce benefits and institute a lifetime benefit cap.

"Welfare," she said, "was meant to be temporary, and in many cases it has become generational."

Pelletier said at the time that the best way to get more and better-paid jobs in the state would be to allow businesses to expand by removing the taxes and regulations that stifle such growth.

She said alternative energy companies should not be subsidized "in a large way" by the state, adding that she disagreed with "demonizing" fossil fuels. She said in 2010 that concern about climate change was "overblown."

On the subject of education, she argued that since the state had not met its obligation to fund 55 percent of essential programs and services, it "should not be mandating expenditures by school districts."

She supported reducing the number of school administrators and expanding the number of charter schools. "Public education does need more competition," she said.

In the area of health care, she said she favors allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines.

Pelletier was also the initial Republican candidate for the District 12 Senate seat in 2016, but withdrew in July after the primary. David Emery of St. George then was selected by Republicans to be their candidate and lost that election to Miramant.

The district represents Appleton, Camden, Criehaven Township, Cushing, Friendship, Hope, Isle au Haut, Matinicus Isle Plantation, Muscle Ridge Islands Township, North Haven, Owl’s Head, Rockland, Rockport, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston, Union, Vinalhaven and Warren.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Oct 14, 2018 10:03

I really don't like it when candidates (seems to be mostly Republican ) refuse to be interviewed.  It is like they have very little interest in answering the public and instead choose to go their own way.  You remember the old expression " what's good for general motors is good for the country".  Personally I would prefer to see wind turbines floating in Penobscot bay instead of oil drilling rigs.

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