Scott Cyrway

SENATE DISTRICT 16: Albion, Oakland, Waterville and Winslow in Kennebec County; Fairfield in Somerset County.

Scott Cyrway

R-Albion

SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS (related to campaign): Facebook: Scott Cyrway for Senate; www.cyrwayforsenate.com.

OCCUPATION: State representative for the past two years; Albion town selectman; state senator for eight years (termed out, 10 years total in Legislature); retired law enforcement (deputy sheriff); and former assistant jail administrator. Now a mentor for D.A.R.E. Northern New England training team.

EDUCATION: Graduate, 72nd Maine Basic Law Enforcement Police Academy; University of Maine graduate, agriculture and forest management.

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COMMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: member, board of trustees, Winthrop YMCA State Camp for 17 years; six years for Goodwill-Hinckley School on MEANS board; Grange Master for Benton Grange; cubmaster in Winthrop for six years; baseball coach in Winthrop for PAL youths.

PERSONAL INFORMATION (hobbies, interests, etc.): Hiking, music (singing and playing guitar, history, Western collection, gardening, hunting and fishing).

FAMILY STATUS: Married to Jill, three children: Shawn, Jamie and Kimberly; 12 grandchildren.

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.)

Sustaining the veto on LD 2086, which many fear would have banned shotguns from being used in Maine and was an attack on our Second Amendment rights and our sportsmen’s heritage in Maine.

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

LD 227, which passed on a wholly partisan basis, is a major usurpation of parental rights in Maine.  Children can now be carried across state lines without their parents consent and Maine is now a sanctuary state for transgender surgeries and abortions for minor children. This bill is a first-in-the-nation law that puts Maine on the map for child predators. Legislative Democrats have rammed through majority budgets without any input from the minority party multiple times in this legislature, which leads to disastrous outcomes for Maine people. I am committed to hearing all sides and working to develop the best legislation possible, regardless of whose idea it is or who gets credit.

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

Increasing transparency in the legislative process is of the utmost importance to me. It’s clear total Democratic control has led to a process that’s unaccountable to the people, doesn’t give them a chance to engage and voice their objections meaningfully (concept drafts) and is in need of reform which I am committed to.

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Mike Perkins

Mike Perkins

R-Oakland

(Editor’s note: Perkins declined to answer our candidate questionnaire.)

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