HOUSE DISTRICT 65: Waterville (part)

Rep. Bruce White

Rep. Bruce White

D-Waterville

SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS (related to campaign): facebook.com/brucewhiteme

OCCUPATION: Retired

EDUCATION: High school with some college at Thomas and KVCC; A+ computer certified

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: Waterville Boys & Girls Club Alumni Association president, Waterville Elks Lodge 905, Mid-Maine Technical Center Advisory Committee, Knights of Columbus Council 13486, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce; Former: Planning Board member, New Dimensions FCU director, Habitat for Humanity, Inland Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Committee

PERSONAL INFORMATION (hobbies, interests, etc.): Spending time with family, pickleball, biking, walking our dog

FAMILY STATUS: Married for 47 years to Doreen White; two children, two grandsons and one great grandson

Q&A

1. Name one issue the Legislature got right last session (i.e. a good bill that passed or bad one that was rejected). Explain your reasoning. (Please limit your answer to 150 words.)

Every session, the Maine Legislature considers policy ideas important to citizens. Initiatives to invest in our people, to ensure we have the infrastructure for a thriving economy, and to protect the vulnerable, the elderly, the poor, the mentally ill, are vital. State government’s mission is to enact a prudent state budget that makes wise investments and is affordable for the taxpayers. One of my priorities has been maintaining the State’s commitment to fund 55% of public education. This commitment, enacted by citizen initiative in 2004 was not fully funded until 2021! This past session, the Legislature passed sufficient funding so the state share of 55% can continue. This is a major benefit to property taxpayers in Waterville and all of Maine. For most communities, public education is the biggest commitment of tax dollars and ensuring property taxpayers can afford quality education for Maine’s students is a big win for all.

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2. Name one issue the Legislature got wrong last session. Explain your reasoning. (Please limit your answer to 150 words.)

Maine’s population is among the oldest in the nation. The truth is Maine needs more funding for our nursing homes. In the last several years, more than a dozen nursing homes have closed. A proposal was put forward for funding that simply was insufficient for the costs nursing homes face today. The healthcare workers taking care of our elderly are doing tough work with diligence and kindness, and we need more funding to keep these skilled caregivers in place. The Legislature should have increased the proposed appropriation for Maine’s elderly, and we failed to do so.

3. Characterize your view on public access to governmental business. (Please limit your answer to 50 words.)

Citizens who contact legislators or testify on policy have an impact on the decisions we make. I work hard to ensure I am accessible to the people who elected me to the House of Representatives, and I never forget my role: to serve the public interest to the best of my ability.

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Cassie Julia

Cassie Julia

D-Waterville

SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS (related to campaign):  IG: @cassiejuliaME FB: facebook.com/cassiejuliaHD65

OCCUPATION: Admin

EDUCATION: B.A. from Hampshire College

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: Waterville Planning Board; MELMAC Committee; founder, Friends of Waterville Public Schools

FAMILY STATUS: Mother of two children in Waterville public schools

Q&A

1. Name one issue the Legislature got right last session (i.e. a good bill that passed or bad one that was rejected). Explain your reasoning. (Please limit your answer to 150 words.)

L.D. 227, known as the Shield Law, prevents anti-choice states from suing Maine doctors and medical personnel who provide reproductive services and gender-appropriate care to LGBTQ individuals. Allowing other states to impose their laws on Maine is unacceptable, and this principle should absolutely transcend party lines.

2. Name one issue the Legislature got wrong last session. Explain your reasoning. (Please limit your answer to 150 words.)

L.D. 780, a bill to enshrine reproductive autonomy into the state’s constitution, failed to turn the crucial decision over to the people in the form of a referendum vote this November. This would have allowed the voters of Maine to decide if reproductive autonomy should be a constitutionally protected right in the state.

3. Characterize your view on public access to governmental business. (Please limit your answer to 50 words.)

A lack of public access to governmental information will cause citizens to lose trust in their elected officials, and is also antithetical to the concept of a republic by and for the people. It is crucial that citizens stay informed, so that the government can serve the people it was designed to protect as effectively as possible.

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