2018-11-02 / Sports Spotlight

Maine State Senate District 30

Election 2018

Meet the candidates

The race for District 30 in the Maine State Senate — which includes most of Scarborough, except for a sliver along the easternmost shoreline and up the town lines with Cape Elizabeth and South Portland — features incumbent Republican Amy Volk squaring off against Democratic challenger Linda Sanborn.

Volk, now in her second term, currently serves as assistant majority leader in the senate. Sanborn, meanwhile, served four terms in the House of Representatives before reaching the mandated term limit in 2016.

Survey forms were emailed to both candidates and are printed below in alphabetical order.

Name: Linda Sanborn
Age: 66
Address: 170 Spiller Road, Gorham.
Phone: 939-2879
Occupation: Retired family physician
Family: Married to Jeffrey Sanborn, 3
adult sons, 1 granddaughter.

Education completed: B.S. microbiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; M.D. University of Illinois, Chicag; Residency in family medicine EW Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan.

Organizations and activities: Four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, representing Part of Gorham, Part of Buxton – term limited in 2016. Served two terms each on the Health and Human Services and the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committees. While in the legislature I also served on the Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform, Opportunities and Implementation; Child Care Advisory Council; HIV Advisory Committee; Substance Abuse Services Commission; Health Care Exchange Advisory Committee; and the Round Table on Aging. I was a member of the 2011-2012 Class of Health Leadership Development (HLD V) with the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. Current President of the Board of the Leavitt’s Mill Free Health Center in Buxton; Member of the Maine Lung Cancer Coalition advisory board; Corporator of Gorham Savings Bank; Co-chair of the Missions Committee at First Parish Gorham U.C.C. as well as sit on the Social Justice Committee and help run chicken pies suppers for the church. Lifetime member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Maine Medical Association. Member of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Top Three Priorities:

1. Making health care accessible and affordable for all Mainers — I believe that everyone deserves health care. As a retired family physician, I know how important it is for every family to be able to see their primary care provider for preventative care, sick care and care for chronic diseases when needed, and to have access to specialized care for serious illnesses without breaking the bank.

I sponsored the first Medicaid expansion bill in Maine in 2013, because it will provide access to care for 70,000 low income working families, create 6000 jobs, and help small rural hospitals continue to serve their communities.

Expanding Mainecare also means that Mainers suffering from substance use disorders can get the treatment they need — treatment that we know works — to prevent tragic, unnecessary deaths.

I will honor the will of the voters to implement Medicaid expansion and continue to work towards universal healthcare. I will work to reestablish a public health system that works in our communities to prevent costly disease because prevention is always the best medicine. I will make sure Maine law protects those with pre-existing conditions and make sure that insurers in Maine cover all of the essential health benefits afforded under the ACA.

2. Help our seniors age in their own homes — We have the oldest state in the nation, which presents both challenges and opportunities.

We know that most seniors want to age in their own homes, which is why I am committed to restoring revenue sharing to keep property taxes from escalating, reining in prescription drug prices, and supporting family caregivers and direct care workers.

For seniors who want to continue to work, we can take advantage of their wisdom and experience by encouraging work places to offer more flexible hours and family-friendly policies. And we must release the funding for the bond that Mainers overwhelmingly approved to help build more affordable senior housing and work to make our communities more age-friendly.

3. Build an economy that works for all of us — Right now, too many Mainers are working too many hours for too little pay. It’s getting harder for Maine people to find full-time work that pays the bills and allows them to raise a family here in our community.

Investing in education plays a big role in building the infrastructure we need for families and workers to live and thrive in our community. Supporting early childhood programs like Head Start helps set our children on a path to success.

We also know that career and technical education programs can lead to good jobs with steady wages, making it possible for our children to stay here in Maine and raise a family.

However, the Legislature needs to do more to fund CTE programs to make sure that the training students receive keeps up with changing needs in a changing economy. For students who attend pursue an undergraduate degree, the cost of college is still greater than what most families can afford.

I was disappointed that the Legislature failed to pass common-sense legislation that would have made college more affordable for Maine families and I’ll support efforts that make college affordable for any student who wishes to pursue a degree.

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

When I left the Legislature in 2016, I did not expect to run for office again, but watching the events in Augusta since then has left me angry and disappointed. I am not currently well represented by my state senator and I am running because I believe that my experience and expertise can better serve the district.

On so many important issues, including funding of education, health care for all, caring for our environment, defending the right of women to make their own health care decisions, support for workers to organize, equal pay for equal work and LGBTQ rights, Sen. Volk does not share my values and her votes are out of touch with the needs and priorities of our district.

I could not simply hope that someone else would step up and run, so I decided to do so myself. I believe I can better represent the values and voters of this district in Augusta.

Name: Amy Volk
Age: 49
Address: 4 Elbridge Oliver Way, Scarborough. Phone: 229-5091

Occupation: business owner

Family: married with four children, three young adults and one high school student

Education completed: BS human development, University of Maine

Organizations and activities (including past political experience): Two terms in the House, two terms in the Senate; Chair, Labor Commerce, research and Economic Development committees; Member, Environment and Natural Resources Committee; Member, State Workforce Board; Member, Child Care Advisory Council; Member, Maine Children’s Growth Council; Charter board member of Maine Connections Academy; Welcome Team at The Rock Church; past board secretary of The Root Cellar. Personal hobbies include softball and cheer mom, wedding planning, travel, hiking and reading.

Top three issues:

In order of priority:

1. Protecting kids — In the oldest state in the country, it is not cliché to say children are our most precious resource. We need each and every child in Maine to have a promising future.

Adverse childhood experiences result in a myriad of risks across a lifetime. I voted to increase the number of and compensation for DHHS caseworkers so that endangered children receive the attention and protection they deserve. I also secured more than $1 million in federal funding to expand and duplicate a highly successful whole family residential substance abuse treatment program which helps mothers recover and become independent of state involvement, while providing therapy to kids subjected to trauma. I passed first-in-the-nation legislation that results in earlier detection of lead poisoning and found funding to clean up contaminated housing. I have also worked tirelessly to address human trafficking in Maine, an issue which too often affects adolescents. I have continuously supported increased funding to K-12 education, while also requiring more accountability and transparency. Additionally, I have advocated for safe, affordable and flexible child care, helping home daycare providers have a voice at the State House.

2. Creating opportunities for young people — With record low unemployment and a booming national economy, businesses are scrambling to replace retiring skilled workers.

We compete with 49 other states and the rest of the world, so we cannot overtax families or overregulate job creators. We need to look ahead to policies like paid family medical leave and determine if this is something we can help companies offer their employees as a benefit.

It is critical that our educational institutions are providing training for the jobs of the future. As a member of the State Workforce Board, I am very familiar with the complicated intersections between the business community, unemployed workers, DOL-funded training programs, vocational, adult and higher education.

With increased funding, more fiscal discipline and better collaboration, these systems have improved dramatically.

Our community college and university system are doing a tremendous job working together to help students save money and access higher education, encouraging college credit for high school students and seamlessly transitioning from community college to university.

I have steadfastly supported investing in higher education to make our systems more effective and accessible. Most recently, I successfully advocated for the university system to add a third engineering degree at USM to meet future employment demand.

3. Leaving no one behind — To be successful as a state, we need all hands on deck.

One of the best therapies for those recovering from substance abuse disorder or leaving the prison system is a job. Maine has one of the highest rates of disabled workers and too many of them are not in the workforce when they could be.

I passed legislation to help disabled workers get an interview when applying for a state position and sponsored or supported many other justice reform efforts.

Our prison system has begun proactively training inmates so that they are skill-equipped upon release. We must ensure that businesses are protected when they give someone a second chance.

I have also been a controversial and outspoken supporter of new Mainers and allowing them to receive welfare benefits such as general assistance for a limited period of time while they wait for work permits, performing volunteer work in return.

In my experience, many of them already have critical skills we need, such as dentistry, nursing and engineering. We must help them become re-credentialed in Maine.

With 34 births and 40 deaths a day, we face a future shortage of workers and cannot afford to turn our backs on potential new Mainers who will contribute to our tax base.

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

Mainers are tired of hearing about what their elected officials won’t do together. They want to see us making progress. Throughout my tenure in the Maine Legislature, I have prided myself on supporting whatever makes the most sense, not just ideas from within my own party, and I have the record to prove it.

My legislative achievements include further protections for victims of human trafficking, nurse and midwifery licensure, preventing organized retail theft, securing money to expand access to effective whole family drug treatment, improvements to biker/pedestrian laws and making Maine the first state in the country to have safer lead exposure limits.

I have helped shape bi-partisan agreements to stabilize funding for homeless shelters, control healthcare and worker compensation costs and improve access to early college for low--income students.

Due to my strong record of working across the aisle, I was named one of Maine’s most bi-partisan legislators by the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation.

I ran for office because a friend told me I had a knack for expressing my views without alienating others.

One of the challenges I enjoy most about my work in Augusta is the negotiation involved in compromise.

My record is one that reflects my commitment to finding the sensible center on issues.

I believe the citizens of Maine deserve to be represented by lawmakers who listen, analyze, communicate and collaborate professionally in order to break partisan gridlock and move Maine forward. I pledge to continue doing just that.

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