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Three Waldo County Democrats vie for state Senate seat during forum

By Kendra Caruso | May 19, 2020
Source: Facebook

Belfast — Three Democratic candidates hoping to win their party's nomination for Waldo County’s state Senate seat participated in a forum Sunday, via Zoom, sponsored by Engage Waldo.

Robyn Stanicki, Charles Pattavina and Chip Curry, all seeking the chance to run for the District 11 state Senate seat, shared similar views on current political topics at the May 17 event, which was moderated by Sara Salley, who chairs the Waldo County Democratic Committee.

All candidates favored considering consumer-owned utility options for electricity and to bring broadband into the state. Pattavina said it seems to work well for the town he is from in Massachusetts and he would support similar options in Maine.

All three candidates agreed that the state should move to an economy that supports green energy options and that jobs in the green energy market can help restore Maine’s economy. Stanicki said she would support placing a large number of electric vehicle power stations across the state to promote the use of electric vehicles.

Candidates differed the most on how the state should budget in light of the shortfall resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Curry said he would issue bonds for important expenditures; he agreed with the other two candidates that social safety nets helping those affected by the virus should not see funding cuts. Both Pattavina and Stanicki said health care cuts were not the answer, either.

They also had slightly different responses to how they would work with Republicans. Pattavina and Stanicki agreed that concern for political gains should take a back seat to compromises in the best interests of the people.

Curry said Democrats should champion rural issues to gain more supporters in those parts of the state. He said the party has done well representing issues facing people in the state’s urban areas, but must increase its response to issues facing rural citizens.

In closing statements, Pattavina, a physician, said it was important to have people with his experience creating legislation right now amid the coronavirus pandemic. Curry said he wants to continue economic growth in the county. Stanicki said her experience overcoming adversity has taught her how to work hard and she wants to work hard to represent the county. She added that everyone together is smarter than any one individual.

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