2016-10-28 / Community News

Election 2016

Meet the candidates

House District 29

Former college president Theodora Kalikow is looking to unseat incumbent District 29 representative Karen Vachon. The district covers the section of Scarborough between Eastern Road and the coast. 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: Theodora J. Kalikow

Age: 75

Phone number: 219-8681

Position seeking: Maine House District 29

Occupation: college president, retired

Family: Deb Kalikow- Pluck, one child and two grandchildren

Education: Ph.D. from Boston University, Boston.

Organizations and activities: Board of Breakwater Learning, board of Maine Media Workshops + College. Development Committee of Outdoor Sport Institute. Previously:

FAME, Maine Economic Growth Council, Maine Humanities Council, Governor’s Commission on GLBTQ Youth, etc.

Top three issues: (in order of priority)

1. Fairness and opportunity for all: economic development plan

2. Support for all levels of education

3. Bipartisan cooperation to get Augusta working for the people of Maine

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

I am seeking elected office to help bring back reasoned and principled representation in Augusta for Scarborough. We are losing ground and wasting our time in partisan bickering. I have spent a career as a leader in public higher education and I know how education transforms lives and expands possibilities for people and communities. I also know how to bring disparate groups together to find common ground for commitment and united action. I would like to put this knowledge and experience to work for the people of Scarborough and the State of Maine.

Name: Karen Vachon

Age: 57

Position seeking: Maine House District 29

Family: Married to Peter (30 years), three children Jay (26), Sam (23), Thomas (17)

Education: bachelor’s of arts in Business Administration from New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire

Organizations and activities: Current: Scarborough Community Chamber – board of directors since 2004 and St. Maximilian Kolbe. Past: Past-President Scarborough Rotary Club, Project GRACE, Town of Scarborough Committees: Resiliency Senior Advocacy, 350th Anniversary

Top three issues (in order of priority):

1. Job creation

2. Healthcare (drug addiction, accessibility and affordability, social/mental issues)

3. Tax reform

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

I serve in public office for the love of people and Maine. Maine’s part-time citizen legislature is open to all. As a licensed health insurance agent serving the individual health insurance and Medicare market I am intimately involved in people’s lives concerning their health and wellbeing, vocations, and life situations. I am certified in the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and assist low-income MaineCare and Medicaid recipients throughout Maine. I bring this experience to Augusta where I served on the Health & Human Services Committee in the 127th Legislature.

Touched by people’s lives I’m also privy to travel throughout Maine. Our state is rich in resources, abundant in beauty, and uniquely positioned to thrive in the 21st century. The Maine brand is strong. Our image is natural, organic, and sustainable. Our policy needs to align with our image.

Maine is in transition and digging out of a recession. The closure of paper mills set us back. Jobs were lost and new job skills are needed. I see great innovations happening in forestry, fishing, agriculture, energy and education. As Maine’s new economy evolves, it will produce many small businesses and industry bringing stability and diversity to Maine’s economy, which once relied on a few large industry employers. Serving in public office is about people. I see a state positioned to thrive. I’m eager to have the politics of this election behind me; to take what I learned in the 127th legislature, build on it through strong bipartisan work to move Maine forward.

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