Denise Harlow’s Questionnaire

Your name: Denise Harlow

Your social media sites: facebook

1. Are you a clean election candidate? Y/N*  *If not, why?


A. If you are an incumbent, how did you vote on the re-qualifying option to replace matching funds? If you are a new candidate, how would you have voted?  yes

2. Would you vote for a non-binding resolution that expresses opposition to the Citizen United Supreme Court decision?


If there were a constitutional amendment designed to nullify the effects of the decision, would you vote for it?


3. Who are your top three donors?

A. Self

B. Parents


What level of campaign finance disclosure do you think is necessary? Do you believe it’s acceptable for candidates to accept money from PACs? 

We should be naming every person who gives us money, and no, corporations do not count as people.

I believe only traditionally financed candidates should accept money from PACs, but they should disclose the people who operate the PAC.

4. What industries do you see bringing jobs to the state in the coming years? How can the state do a better job attracting and supporting these industries? What proposal to create jobs would you bring to the table that offers a fresh approach? Green jobs and research and development surrounding this area.  I would support any proposal increasing the educational level of our state’s workforce and/or job retraining efforts.

5.  What has the Occupy movement accomplished so far? Name 3 accomplishments.

A. awareness of tax inequality

B. awareness of income inequality


P.S. What is your tax rate or bracket? __99_%

6. Do you support the following workers’ rights policies, Yes/No*  *If no – why?

A)     A mandate for paid sick days _yes__

B)     A living wage mandate _yes__

C)      Worker’s right to organize a union__yes_

P.S. What dollar amount do you think is a living wage? $____15____

7. Would you support legislation that enables municipalities to tax big box stores?


How about a local option sales tax?  yes

8. Do you support bonds as a means of funding Maine’s infrastructure and other investments in the state’s future?Yes/No*  *If no – why?


9. Maine has the second highest student loan debt in the country[1]. What would you do to alleviate the problem of excessive student loan debt? 

Find ways for businesses to partner with higher educational institutions to provide credit for working, while also receiving pay.

10. Would you support increased funding for Maine’s public university and community college system?


Equal Rights & Courage of Convictions

11. Will you vote for marriage equality on the Maine ballot? Yes/No*  *If no – why?


Will you actively rather than passively support the initiative?


12. What’s an example of an issue or policy on which you would not compromise despite constituent lack of support? Are you willing to be a one-term representative/senator because you chose not to compromise your principles? Conversely, what’s an example of an issue on which you would follow the lead of your constituents?Check my voting record!  It speaks for itself.

13. Do you believe that non-citizen immigrants living in Maine should have the same access to social services as American citizens? 


14. What is the single most destructive change that has occurred in Augusta in the past two years? 

We ask the middle class and poorest to take reductions, while we are giving tax breaks to the very, very wealthiest Mainers.

15. Do you feel the need to take a proactive stance against the anti-choice agenda? How would you effectively frame your argument to religious women? I am pro choice.  I believe people should be allowed to make their own choices and not judged for them.

16. An increasing number of candidates are invoking religion as part of their campaign. Do you believe this is acceptable and do you plan to invoke religion in your own campaign? Why or why not? What role should religion play in campaigns and in shaping public policy?

I do not plan to use religion in my campaign, but I am not willing to judge anyone else’s use of their religion.  I will run my own campaign and not judge what my opponent (s) does (do).

Living off the Land & Government Authority  

17.   What policies would you support that place more Maine-produced food on Maine tables? 

Help organic farms develop their farms statewide, encourage more local buying by Maine run stores

18.   Rank the top 5 energy sources that are the most viable options to combat man-made climate change, 1 being the best and 5 being the worst:

·         Nuclear ___

·         Wind power _3__

·         Natural gas _4__

·         Solar power 2___

·         Off shore drilling ___

·         Tidal energy ___

·         Solar energy __1_

·         Other (please explain) _________

Do you support a mandate to promote the growth of these energy sources?


19.   How do you envision the future of Maine’s north woods and the management of its unorganized territories?

I do not envision mining or development of it.

What should be the role of the Land Use Regulation Commission? 

To balance the need for smart development while not hurting out valuable environment

20.   Maine spends more than $130 million each year on its prisons. The state’s jails and prisons are overcrowded, and its jails place an enormous financial burden on county governments. How would you reform the Maine corrections system? Do you support private prisons as a solution?

We should be looking at a way to rehabilitate and not just incarcerate. There are too many mentally ill people in prison not receiving the care they need.  I would not support the private prisons option.