2016-10-28 / Community News

Election 2016

Meet the candidates

House District 27

Gorham resident James Means is looking to unseat incumbent District 27 representative Andrew McLean The district covers part of Gorham and the northwest corner of Scarborough. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Scarborough High School.

Name: Andrew McLean

Age: 31

Phone number: 939-8482

Position seeking: Maine House District 27

Occupation: Not provided

Family: Married to Kyle

Education: Master’s in public policy and management from Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.

Organizations and activities: Not provided

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Reduce the burden of property taxes/tax reform

2. Invest in workforce training and development

3. Invest in our transportation infrastructure

In your own words, why are you seeking elected office?

My dad is a retired firefighter and teacher and my mom is a retired customer service manager. They taught me the values of hard work and public service. After college, I took a job with the University of Southern Maine in Gorham and attended night classes to earn a Master’s in public policy.

Four years ago, after seeing firsthand the challenges that our young people face, I decided to run for the Maine House. I knocked on over 5,000 doors and listened to voters share their concerns, frustrations and hopes. I took these conversations to heart, and they have shaped my work in Augusta. Two years ago, the voters of Scarborough and Gorham sent me back to Augusta to continue this important work. What gets done, and doesn’t get done in Augusta, matters to people and impacts their lives.

To move Maine forward we need to reform our tax code, improve our transportation infrastructure, and create jobs for Maine people, while protecting our quality of life and environment. I take seriously my responsibility to help change the tone in Augusta and get things done. I have built relationships with colleagues across the aisle and worked to find common ground on a number of different issues.

As the chair of the transportation committee, I am currently leading a bipartisan working group of lawmakers and key stakeholders to find common ground on a transportation reform package to introduce during the next session of the Maine Legislature.

We need leaders in Augusta who are willing to put aside partisan agendas, find common ground, and work to create opportunity for all Maine people.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent you in the Maine House. I would be honored to have your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Name: James Means

Age: 66

Phone: 207-415-2673

Position seeking: Maine House District 27

Occupation: Retired. Past director of property management, Pyramid Companies, real estate investment asset manager, National Life Insurance Company, director of asset management, UNUM, founder and president of Alliance Investment Management Company.

Family: Married to JoAnn for 40 years, raised children.

Education: Bachelor of science in industrial management from Clarkson University, nationally certified property manager, commercial investment manager, and shopping center manager. (CPM, CCIM and CSM)

Organizations and activities: Financial Secretary, Knights of Columbus St. Anne’s Counsel, Past member (Vice Chair) of Gorham Economic Development Corp., Past Trustee and Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Development Committee, and Life Long Advisor, Cheverus High School, Past Scoutmaster (Troop 875), past Chairman of Friends of Scouting, current Range Safety Officer, past Chairman of St. Anne’s Finance and Administration Council.

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Maine’s economy

2. Retaining new college graduates

3. High costs

In your own words, why are you seeking elected office?

I do not feel adequately represented by the current state Rep in District 27. My successes with hundreds of businesses across the nation were achieved by learning about their problems and providing cost effective solutions. I will work to reduce taxes on businesses. I will endorse the purchase of inexpensive hydro-created electricity from Quebec, and will reduce red tape and cumbersome regulations stifling growth in Maine.

I have been endorsed by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. I will continue to follow the Maine tradition of protecting our environment while also protecting our sporting traditions and the Second Amendment.

My wife and I raised three boys here and we feel fortunate that two of our three boys are able to live and work here in their home state. However this is not the norm for many college graduates. If elected, I will work to attract and retain new college graduates with newly created private sector jobs and establish tuition loan income tax credits for graduates. I will encourage the development of skill sets at high schools, vocational and community colleges that businesses need.

I will work for all of my constituents and will support only thoughtful legislation that helps the people of Maine regardless of the party affiliation of the sponsor. Let me put my experience, my work ethic and my family values to work for you in Augusta.

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