WALDO COUNTY — Benjamin Hymes and Jesse Waryck think their experiences and knowledge make them good candidates to win the Republican primary for the House District 38 nomination.

Source: Maine.gov

Waryck feels obligated to enter politics, not because he wants to, but because he needs to, he said in an email to The Republican Journal. “I disagree with many of the policies enacted over the last couple years to the point that I feel morally obligated to get involved,” the Brooks resident said.

He has described himself as working class and is familiar with many of the challenges Mainers are facing daily, he said. He has done a lot of personal research on economics and tends to consider incentives, systems and how those affect each other as they relate to policy. He thinks this background is a unique experience that could be useful in Augusta.

Hymes is a 20-year Navy veteran with assignments under his belt that include a diplomatic tour at the Berlin embassy and a joint military tour in England, he said in an email to The Republican Journal. He has been on several combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in a special operations unit.

The Waldo father of five understands the struggles Mainers face, he said. Seeing how other countries are impacted by certain policies, both negatively and positively, has given him  an understanding of what might work and what might not and makes him more appreciative of the freedoms Americans have.

The primary issues Waryck hopes to focus on are addiction, education and the economy, he said. The opioid epidemic is an increasing problem in his district. He would like to advocate for more in-patient programs centered on detox rather than relying on Suboxone or Methadone clinics as long-term treatments.

Waryck thinks the country is heading for a recession. He hopes to look for areas of over-taxation, over-regulation and over-certification or any other “red tape” that makes it more difficult for small businesses and farmers to survive and ease the strains those restrictions cause.

School choice is an option he supports for parents who are dissatisfied with the public school system, he said. Waryck said he has seen the benefits of school choice in districts that have multiple school options for kids. Maine’s charter school program is small but he wants to see a good charter school option for parents in his district.

Hymes also feels that education is an important issue he would like to take on. He thinks basic education principles are being watered down or replaced with topics that should not be taught in school.

Parents deserve to know what children are being taught and who is teaching them, he said. They should have a say in both of those things. He thinks the U.S. should rank as the highest-educated country in the world but it does not right now.

Another issue Hymes is passionate about is getting energy costs under control, he said. He thinks it could build into a crisis that starts this summer and will turn into a very difficult winter for Mainers. Almost everyone in his district depends on fuel for their farms or businesses.

He thinks the tax increases and restrictions on oil are not going to make that problem any better and he thinks renewable solar and wind energy cannot support the New England power grid by itself, he said.

Waryck is dropping back to part-time at his job to help better represent his district, he said. He is ready to push for his policy goals and remains motivated and committed to the truth.

Hymes’ experience in combat has put him in several situations where he had to make calm, rational decisions to maintain safety of others, he said. He knows that there can be serious consequences to emotional decisions and he hopes to represent the district with clarity and professionalism.

Republican voters will get the chance to select one of them to represent the party in the June 14 primary. The winner will vie with Democrat Robyn Stanicki of Union and Green Independent Heather “Betsy” Garrold of Knox in the November general election.

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