U.S. Senate Candidates

Candidates for U.S. Senate weigh in on the issues.

Danny Francis Dalton

Age: 56

Residence: Brunswick

Party: None

Present Employment: Retired military, drug enforcement and diplomatic security

Highest Level of Education Completed: MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: None

Why Are You Running for Office?

I believe that our Senate is failing to fulfill its obligation to provide oversight of our agencies. The Senate has the responsibility to confirm the appointment of leaders who effectively manage our government ensuring our tax dollars are spent wisely.

The two parties are ineffective in administrating much of our government affairs. For decades they have tacitly agreed not to address the tough issues such as tax reform, Social Security, health care and immigration out of fear of losing their positions and power base.

Their mismanagement has created several major crises such as the intelligence failures that led to 9/11 and the banking crisis. When Congress allows these crises to occur, not only do we have to live with the direct consequences, but we also have to live with hasty legislation and bad decisions that follow, such as the Patriot Act and the invasion of Iraq.

I believe the federal government has four important goals to achieve. First, it must provide effective defense and public safety. Second, it must promote a competitive environment to allow private business to flourish. Without a vibrant economy we will not have the tax revenue to fund our other goals. Third, we must have a healthy society. Finally, we must educate our citizens. The levels to which we accomplish these goals must be balanced with our ability to raise revenue to sustain these services.

What I can do: My background has given me the experience and expertise to identify the waste and mismanagement in our government. I will help streamline agencies in a way that allows them to be effective and insures we receive the most for our tax dollars.

I have over 25 years of experience working with several agencies in the federal government. I have over 17 years of military service. For over 12 years I was a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assigned to various parts of the United States, Pakistan and El Salvador. As a special agent, I helped to indict and prosecute major drug traffickers operating from Central America and Southwest Asia.

After resigning from the DEA in 2005, I worked in Iraq as a diplomatic security supervisor with the Department of State, and then as an intelligence advisor with the Department of Defense identifying and targeting terrorist cells during the surge.

In 2008, after learning from previous co-workers that there was intelligence information not being acted upon, I decided to privately provide terrorist and drug trafficking information to various United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

In 2010, while continuing to provide information, I simultaneously worked as a subject matter expert for the director of law enforcement information sharing initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security. I assisted the director in the development of policies and programs that would facilitate the sharing of information between law enforcement entities.

Cynthia Ann Dill

Age: 47

Residence: Cape Elizabeth

Party: Democrat

Present Employment: Attorney and community college teacher

Highest Level of Education Completed: Law degree from Northeastern University School of Law

Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: State representative (five years), state senator (one year)

Why Are You Running for Office?

It is time for a new generation of leadership in Washington — a middle-class working mother fighting for jobs for American families, and a government that works for small business. It is time for the next senator from Maine to bring a strong progressive voice to Congress.

Here are some things I’d like voters to know about me:

I will not consider cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. These programs should be strengthened, not gutted.

I strongly support the Affordable Health Care Act. Millions are already benefiting from Obamacare.

I support a single-payer universal system.

I support President Obama’s tax policies: Reduce the debt and deficit without destroying the middle class in this county. Tax cuts for the super-wealthy haven’t created jobs.

I support the equalization of taxation on capital and labor, targeted cuts to defense spending and raising the gas tax.

I oppose proposed cuts on revenue and cuts to public investment such as infrastructure and education.

I do not support a “Balanced Budget.”

I support research and development investments. They must be a priority of the Congress.

I am committed to Fair Trade. As U.S. senator one priority will be to shine light on the negotiation process.

Corporate income taxes are too high and they should be lowered.

I will continue to support Maine’s working people by co-sponsoring the Employee Free-Choice Act requiring employers to honor a worker’s decision to join a union.

I will vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act, to close the gender pay gap for American families.

I will fight to preserve workers’ rights, not diminish them.

All Maine families need access to quality, public, early childhood care and education.

I will continue to oppose the elimination of the home mortgage tax deduction.

I will always support a woman’s right to reproductive freedom and will vote against any measure that would repeal or reduce any currently existing reproductive rights or freedoms.

I support bringing a substantial number of U.S. combat troops home from Afghanistan according to the timeline proposed by President Obama.

I will never stray from my support for all veterans who so richly deserve to live good lives after serving our country and keeping us safe.

I will ardently support passage of the Veterans Job Corps bill.

We need to address the problem of college affordability, and student debt, because it’s negatively affecting the economic futures of a generation.

I support increased funding for education across the board, collective bargaining for teachers, and I will fight the trend to privatize our nation’s schools.

I oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. It is an enormous environmental risk and it won’t create economic prosperity at home.

On day one I will work to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that discriminates against gay couples.

I am running to make a difference. As Maine’s senator I will always listen to Maine people. They will always know where I stand. There will be no surprises.

Andrew Ian Dodge

Age: 45

Residence: Harpswell

Party: Independent for Liberty

Present Employment: Freelance writer/author/lyricist

Highest Level of Education Completed: Postgraduate diploma in legislative studies from Hull University in the United Kingdom

Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: None

Why Are You Running for Office?

Andrew Ian Dodge began his political career as a college Republican at Colby College. Andrew led the fight against political correctness. At Colby, Andrew resurrected the debate team and encouraged the creation of public classes.

While doing a graduate degree at the University of Maine, Orono, he was hired by the Bruges Group in London. The think tank’s major patron is former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He joined the Bow Group working on various committees creating policy papers for the group. He completed a postgraduate degree in United Kingdom/European politics from Hull University, which is presently using Andrew’s current campaign for Senate to promote its politics department.

Andrew’s principles have never wavered. Whether it was working with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to fight the encroaching power of the European Union and its globalist allies, or standing for a stronger defense of Western countries or organizing the first Tea Party event in Maine in 2009, Andrew has never shied away from a fight when the principles of freedom and liberty are on the line.

Between 2009 and early 2011, Andrew worked closely with the Tea Party Patriots as Maine coordinator on policy and messaging. Andrew traveled the country on a 26-day, 8,000-mile speaking tour in November of 2009.

The Dodge family has been in Maine since the 1700s. In 2007, Andrew was married to Kim Benson in a chapel built by his grandfather and great-grandfather on Ocean Point in East Boothbay.

Andrew learned the importance of hard work and fiscal prudence from his father, Arthur Dodge. Arthur, the son of a lobsterman and East Boothbay master ship builder, worked for 31 years for Texaco. Like his father, Andrew believes that Maine is one of the most beautiful states in the union and is worth fighting for. In his teenage years Andrew spent many days enjoying canoeing on the rivers of Maine and hiking up the Appalachian Trail and Mount Katahdin.

In 2007, Andrew overcame colon cancer and post-op complications.

The Senate is clearly broken as it has not produced a budget in several years despite that being one of its obligations. Partisan bickering and loyalty to party over the needs of the nation has turned the Senate into a swamp that impedes legislation. As I will not be part of either party I will work with whomever I need to get things done and provide the leadership needed for the people of Maine and the country as a whole. My loyalty as senator will be to the people of Maine, not to “leadership” of any party.

Angus King

Age: 68

Residence: Brunswick

Party: Independent for Maine

Present Employment: Distinguished lecturer, Bowdoin College

Highest Level of Education Completed: University of Virginia School of Law (graduated 1969)

Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: Governor of Maine (eight years)

Why Are You Running for Office?

The United States Senate is called “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” a venerable institution where great men and women throughout history have participated in the exchange of big ideas that made America great. Debate and compromise have never been easy, but they’ve always been necessary — the Senate itself is the product of compromise.

The spirit of collaboration that defined the Senate, however, has been lost in a wave of bitter partisanship and ideological intolerance. Somewhere along the way, the world’s greatest deliberative body stopped deliberating. We saw it most recently when Congress adjourned without a budget and left many important matters on the table.

The congressional gridlock and log-jamming going on is why I’m running as an independent for the U.S. Senate. It’s why Sen. Snowe, who is a respected, trusted, intelligent leader, is leaving — the issue is partisan politics. If partisan politics are so bad it can frustrate a senator of her stature, then it’s time to try something new — it is time to move beyond party.

Our country faces daunting challenges. Uncertainty and brinksmanship from the government have stifled growth, and towns across Maine are still hurting as a result. We need a deficit reduction plan to restore confidence in the economy. We should expand rural broadband access so that rural areas grow and compete in the global Internet economy. Social Security and Medicare are critical for older Mainers, and they face an uncertain future with significant funding challenges. There are ways to reform the programs, however, that will ensure their long-term sustainability.

Challenges aren’t new, and we solved them in the past through compromise and cooperation. Our representatives today, however, confuse “principles” with intolerance. They won’t listen to new ideas or work together.

Maine small business owners, fishermen, farmers and loggers can’t wait for answers. They are being overwhelmed by health care costs, uncertainty and an anemic economy. But none of this can be fixed if the system designed to make all our lives better is broken, and right now it is.

My opponents claim that an independent can’t be effective. I’m struck by how familiar those arguments sound — I heard the same things when I ran for governor as an independent. But during my administration we cut taxes, brought unemployment to historically low levels and fixed our budgets. We shrunk government while increasing productivity; we filled the state’s reserves, and rebuilt our infrastructure, making repairs that previous administrations had ignored.

If I’m fortunate enough to be elected, I will go to Washington and work across both sides of the aisle. I will work with anyone, regardless of party label, who is ready to get to work and bring about solutions that move our country forward.

Independence isn’t a liability; in this moment, it’s a tremendous asset. The Founding Fathers provided us with the Senate to help us confront the issues we face. In short, the world’s greatest deliberative body needs to start deliberating again, and I’d like to start that conversation.

Charles “Charlie” E. Summers Jr.

Age: 53

Residence: Scarborough

Party: Republican

Present Employment: Maine’s Secretary of State

Highest Level of Education Completed: Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: State senator (four years)

Why Are You Running for Office?

A senator from Maine has a special responsibility. He cannot follow… he must take the lead on the critical issues before us.

The challenges our nation faces aren’t Republican challenges or Democrat challenges, they are American challenges. We need elected officials in Washington who will cut through the partisan rancor to implement policies that will benefit all Americans.

We are all extremely fortunate to call Maine home, but a lot of our friends and neighbors are struggling and have been for some time.

I am running for the Senate because I want to make Maine and America a better place to live, work and raise a family.

I know personally the difficulties families, single parents and our small businesses face. I know how hard it is for Mainers to get up in the morning, get the kids off to school, hurry to work, then hurry back to school to pick up the kids and take them to a ball game or school function, and then get them home, fed and in bed only to get up and do it all again the next day.

That is why I am running for the United States Senate. I believe that Maine and America’s best days lie ahead, and that what is good for America is indeed good for the world.

Stephen M. Woods

Age: 53

Residence: Yarmouth

Party: Independent

Present Employment: President/CEO, TideSmart Global

Highest Level of Education Completed: Secondary school, Needham, Mass.

Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: Yarmouth Town Council (served as chairman)

Why Are You Running for Office?

My name is Steve Woods. I currently oversee the daily management of six agencies as president and CEO of TideSmart Global, dutifully serve my town as council chairman, am part owner of an NBA D-League team (Maine Red Claws), host a weekly radio show on WLOB-1310 AM, support a variety of worthy Maine nonprofits and, as importantly, try every day to be the best husband and father I can be.

There is a tremendous weight associated with being responsible for the livelihoods and support of so many, especially in these challenging economic times. But the thing that worries me the most, that wakes me in the middle of the night, is the direction we seem to be moving in collectively. It is imperative we change course.

While we must effectively and immediately find solutions to our many challenges here in Maine and around the country (unemployment, tax reform, budget deficit, health care, etc.), long-lasting success will be impossible to sustain until we are able to eliminate the dysfunction that has infected our political infrastructure.

The Senate and other elements of our government, locally, statewide and nationally, are not broken. They are merely systems of government and institutions of democracy. It is we who are broken. It is a lazy and dishonest sentiment for citizens to continually blame “government” as being dysfunctional or broken, when in fact, not self-serving mythology, it is we the people, the voters, citizens and criers in the square who are flawed in our participation and duty as the keepers and owners of this great democracy.

If the qualified among us chose not to serve and sacrifice for the community good, leaving governance to the less-qualified with the result being bad policy and bad government, where is the blame?

If we as a society deem that graduating 3-plus million high school students each year, most lacking even the most basic understanding of civics, leading to low and ineffective participation in government for many over long periods, some decades, where is the blame?

If we as a country engage in military action around the world, spending billions of dollars each year, and more seriously, sacrificing the lives of many Americans in the name of democracy, yet most Americans remain blissfully unaware of that we are still fighting in multiple wars, where is the blame?

If in many elections less than half of eligible voters actually take the 10 minutes needed to participate in the sacred honor of voting and selecting representation, one of the cornerstones of our democracy, then they complain about government being “broken,” where is the blame?

I can’t speak for everyone here in Maine or from around the country, so I will speak for myself. It’s my fault. I can do more. And, that is why I am running for the United States Senate and asking for your vote.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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